My mother died when I was 10 years old. She left behind three children of whom I was the oldest. I felt very alone. My father was a polygamist and the only one who could sustain our family. He scattered my siblings and me throughout his various households. I ended up going to live with one of his other wives. She had a son who was my stepbrother. He had a job and he took me in to live with him. He was instrumental in my first coming to know the Lord after I attended church with him. I then lost my stepmother through an illness and I had to return home, leaving behind my church. Upon returning home, my family would not allow me to continue in this church.
It was then that my life took a path away from God. I started to live as a lost sheep, completed high school and went on to college. This allowed me to be free from beneath my family’s wings.
It was at college where I received a New Testament from The Gideons International on my birthday. It was my first copy of God’s Word and it was the best birthday gift I could have received.
I pray that God blesses your association so that more people can receive God’s Word. Though I live alone, having this New Testament has put my loneliness in the past.
by The Gideons International on August 10, 2012