The vision comes from Philippians 1:27 and is called Striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel, in One Spirit, One Mind, and One Vision, or simply called One Vision.
One Vision empowers us to effectively and joyfully win others to the Lord Jesus Christ. One Vision grounds us on the association’s founding principles, focuses us on the Great Commission, and empowers us to serve in one spirit and one mind.
As members we have been called by God - brothers and sisters in Christ, husbands along with our wives - striving together to effectively and joyfully reach the world with the Good News through associating together for service, personal testimony, personal work and distributing God’s Word.
70 YEARS IN 2020
The first Gideon camp in South Africa was formed at Pietermaritzburg in October 1950. The next camp was formed in Johannesburg. In 1951 camps were formed in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The first placement of Bibles in a hotel was in 1952 at the Hotel Edward in Durban, and in 1954 a camp is established in Durban. The first annual general meeting takes place at the Carlton hotel in Johannesburg in 1955; and in 1958 a camp is established in Pretoria. In 1962 camps are established in East London and the West Rand. In 1964 Kimberley and East rand camps established. The Gideons in South Africa attained National Association status in 1964 and the first annual National Convention is held in Bloemfontein the same year. Since 1950 close to 44 000 000 Bibles have been placed in South Africa
Distributing God's Word can and does lead people to faith in Christ, and those new Christians then grow by studying their Scriptures and even use them to share their faith with others.
For this reason we focus on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies of God's Word are printed in more than 108 languages and are either given directly to certain individuals or placed in selected public locations where large numbers of people, who may be searching for answers, will have the opportunity to encounter the Word of God.