Romans 1:5 reads, "Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell everyone what God has done so they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name." Reading God's Word can lead people to faith in Christ and, as new Christians, then grow in Him by studying the Scriptures and use them to share their faith with others. For this reason, the Gideons focus on distributing Bibles printed in more than 80 languages. The Bibles are either given directly to individuals or placed in selected public locations where large numbers of people will have the ability to encounter God.
The Gideons also distribute Bibles to every member of the military, which amounts to more than a million free Service New Testaments each year. All of these Bibles are provided through offerings from churches and concerned Christians. Since its beginnings, the Gideons have given more than 45 million copies of God's Word to military personnel.