This Week in Christian History: Billy Graham, Immaculate Conception Theologian, Gideon Bibles

Gideon Bibles First Appear in Hotel Rooms - November 9, 1908

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This week marks the anniversary of when the first hotel placed an order for Gideon Bibles to be put in their guest rooms, beginning a trend found throughout the world.

The Gideon Bibles first appeared at the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana, being ordered at the request of a frequent guest and Gideon member named Archie Bailey.

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"Mr. Bailey placed an order for 25 copies of God's Word with the Gideon headquarters. He covered the cost of the Scriptures with a personal contribution," explained Gideons International in a 2011 blog entry.

"A single copy of God's Word in a hotel or motel room has the potential to touch up to 2,300 lives during its six-year average life span. Hotel industry surveys indicate that 25% of their travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms."

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