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Gideons UK allows membership to women

The British organisation is now “open to men and women who love the Word of God”, and it has broken away from Gideons International, which remains a men's only organisation.

SOURCES Premier AUTHOR Evangelical Focus LONDON 22 JULY 2019 11:50 h GMT+1
Gideons International has distributed bibles all over the world for over one-hundred years. / Wikipedia.

Gideons UK has decided to allow women to join as members for the first time.



The British organisation started in 1949 and its members have handed out over 45 million Bibles to people in UK hospitals, care homes, fire stations, prisons, schools and universities.



Before this decision, it was a men's only group and belonged to Gideons International, an organisation which has distributed Bibles all over the world for over one-hundred years.



Gideons UK have now broken away from Gideons International, which remains a men's only organisation.



Gideons Sweden and Gideons Canada are also now accepting women members.



 



“WE FELT IT WAS RIGHT”



 



Gideons UK have a new emblem, the open Bible. / Gideons UK

We felt it was right to do so and now we have relaxed those rules in that respect, it is open to men and women who love the Word of God and who just love the gospel”, national Vicepresident of Gideons UK, William Thomas, told Premier.



Thomas pointed out that they “are a separate organisation from the Gideons International, but we are linking with Gideons in Canada and Sweden, we are now working together with them”.



“We are working together internationally under an umbrella organisation called, Share Word Global, where we are going into other countries and going to pastors in churches all over the world, particularly the rural areas where they can't get Bibles and taking Bibles there”, he added.



 



MEN ONLY ORGANISATION



Gideons UK Vicepresident explained that “we just want more members and God's really encouraged us in that. The current international leadership want to keep the Gideons International as a men's organisation. That's why we've got this new name, Gideons UK, and a new emblem, which is the open Bible”.



God is opening doors, which is just a mark of His grace. So often people will read the Bible later on, they may not read it just when they get it, but put it in a bag. Numbers of times we have had testimonies of people saying, 'I found it just when I needed it', maybe several years later, but God's seed will always produce roots”, he concluded.


 

 


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alexander
24/07/2019
13:16 h
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Unfortunately, the British organisation continue to call themselves Gideons, even though they know that the Gideons International have an international copyright on the name. Following their separation they were asked to choose a new name, but did not do so and therefore have become embroiled in a legal dispute which may result in them having to choose a different name.
 
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DemiDee
14/03/2020
17:00 h
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Alexander, I think you will find that the Gideons in the UK now call themselves GideonsUK which is different to Gideons International and, after decades of using 'Gideons' in the title without any issues, I do not see why Gideons International - supposedly putting God's word before idionsycracies - would have any issue with that, especially not to the point of taking it to court. It's a name. God's word is eternal.
 



 
 
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