The Gideons International (New Zealand)

Who we are

The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives, all active members of Evangelical or Protestant churches.
Our single objective is to win people for Christ by personally sharing our faith and distributing God's Word around the world.
As born-again believers, we believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God, we have received Him as Saviour, and endeavour to follow Him in our daily lives.

Why we do it

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 ESV

What we do

We distribute Bibles and New Testaments in New Zealand, the current version is the English Standard Version (ESV) to:

  • High Schools (Year 9), special education, tertiary and university students
  • Hospitals, rest homes and nursing homes
  • Prisons
  • Motels and hotels, next time when you’re staying at one check the top drawer,  hopefully you will find one of the bibles we have placed there.
  • Doctors and dentists waiting rooms and lawyer offices
Pray for local churches and pastors

Visit churches to talk about what we do and to build connections with pastors and church members.

If you are one of the above organizations and require bibles or want a church presentation contact us by using the Contact Us page to arrange this.


We are organised in 35 groups (called Camps) around New Zealand, with over 400 members.

We have been distributing Bibles in New Zealand for over 60 years. This year we hope to distribute over 35,000 New Testaments and bibles. 

National Leadership

Our leadership team consists of a three member steering committee and a nine members national leadership team and we report to the Regional Director, Pacific Rim Region.

How to become a member

If you are interested in The Gideons International ministry contact your nearest Gideon group by calling the toll free number from the Contact Us page.

How we are funded

All donations received from Gideons, Friends of Gideons and non-members are used solely for the printing and distribution of bibles and New Testaments.  All other running costs are covered by Gideon membership fees.

  • Bibles are funded through donations by churches, individuals and Gideons.
  • All group and national activities are funded through membership fees.

We are registered with the NZ Charities Commission (CC34343) making your donation tax deductible. 

How can you help?

First and foremost through prayer, without this, we would not exist.

Become a Gideon or Friend of Gideons.

Donations for the printing and distribution of Bibles.