Doncaster Rovers receive Badged Testaments

November 2016 saw eight of the Doncaster branch members of The Gideons International in the British Isles present 300 crested Testaments and 2 crested Presentation Bibles to Doncaster Rovers Football Club (DRFC).

It all started in May when local member Chris Axelby was invited to a Bishop's Breakfast. Here, Chris sat down with a stranger to enjoy breakfast and some local company. The first person Chris spoke to unknowingly was the Doncaster Rovers Support Services Manager. He was shocked to be sat next to a Gideon, especially as he had recently spoken with the Chaplain to DRFC about Bibles for staff and players. They didn't know how to contact Gideons. He and Chris were amazed that they should be sat together that day!

The result? On Thursday 17th November Chris and 7 other Gideons met the Chief Exceutive of DRFC, and the Chief Operating Officer. They handed them 2 special DRFC crested Presentation Bibles. In reply the CEO Gavin Baldwin invited all the Doncaster Gideons to attend a match with him one day, including refreshments! The Doncaster members then presented some of the Testaments to players, staff, groundsmen and chefs. Everyone from the CEO to the apprentice Groundsman were thrilled to accept a copy of God's Word with their own crest in gold, they readily started diving into the "Where to find help when..." section.

So it all started with a "chance" meeting but so far God has made available to the people of Doncaster another 302 copies of His life saving word.

Chris Axelby
Doncaster Branch