A Modern Day Gideon

Gideon in 2010

We find the story of Gideon in the Bible. The story begins in Judges, chapter six. Gideon faithfulness to God allows him to become a warrior, leader, and prophet to the nation of Israel. Gideon’s goes into battle against their enemy with 32,000 men in his army. The Lord instructs Gideon to reduce the number of fighting men. Finally, in obedience, Gideon minimizes the size down to 300 men. Because of his faithfulness. Gideon won the battle in spite of the overwhelming odds with God’s help.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

We do not know much about Gideon’s family. What we do know is that Gideon came from insignificant family lineage. God sought out Gideon because of his great faith and willingness to obey God even when the request did not make sense to those around Gideon. He was not a perfect man, Gideon made mistakes as pride gets in his way. But his story teaches us that no matter how enormous the odds are against us, God will see us through all of our battles as long as remain faithful to Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

I want to introduce another Gideon, Gideon Giri. He is one of the orphans at our home in Nepal. He came to live at the orphanage in 2010 when he was about seven years old. His dad was a lame beggar in the streets of Kathmandu. With no steady income, the family could no longer care for Gideon, so they brought him to the orphanage. The odds were against this young man from an early age. But God sought out this Gideon and provided a place to grow in faith and love.

Christ has gifted Gideon for his faith with a talent for painting. Gideon has taught himself how to create beautiful pieces of art. He has won local, national and international recognition for his abilities. We are blessed to watch this young man grow in his faith and his gifts. In fact, Gideon painted the artwork for the cover of my book, Turning Mountains into Molehills. Would you please join me in praying for this young man’s future as we watch to see how God will use the faith of this modern day Gideon.


Yvonne – blogger, speaker, and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

All proceed from the sale of my book go to fund our charitable work with Orphan Relief Effort, Inc. The book is available on Amazon.

8 thoughts on “A Modern Day Gideon

  1. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.

    There’s nothing like watching God work. May God continue to bless Gideon.

  2. Wow, what talent he has! It’s such a gift when God places people around the world on our hearts and in our lives. While we might have more resources and live a more “comfortable” life, I find myself learning so much about God’s character from those little ones!

  3. Wow! I’ve always loved the story of Gideon in the Bible. Now I love the story of Gideon in Nepal. Beautiful picture for your book. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Christina – United States – I am a writer, wife, and mom. God has lit a passion in me for pursuing thoughtful parenting. I am a seeker and investigator that likes to challenge the status quo. Also founder of Finally Family Homes - a ministry serving kids who are aging out of the foster care system in LA.

    Love this. What amazing talent! So wonderful that he has the opportunity to express and grow it. How beautiful to see the Creator working in and through Gideon.

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Thank you for sharing about Gideon’s life (both of them) and for sharing his artwork! What a gifted little boy! How wonderful that your orphanage has equipped him for life. God bless you for the work that you do!

  6. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Managing Editor. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    What a blessing for you to see the hand of God work within the lives of those the world has forgotten. It goes to show you that God has not forgotten even the least of these people. He sees it all, and He blesses those who seek Him. This is such an encouraging post! Thank you for the amazing work you are doing in the Kingdom of God. Please know that we appreciate you! Lisa Q

  7. ordinarilyextraordinarymom – New Orleans, LA – My name is Brittany Bonnaffons, and I feel like I should have life figured out by now. I also feel like the world judges us by unrealistic standards. I have dedicated this blog to challenging standards and instead embracing yourself for who you are - ordinarily extraordinary.

    Such beautiful paintings from such a young boy. Truly gifted!

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