by Dave Trouten
I was a Gideon pioneer; God led me to the very first conference.
A web-search took me to the web-site of Ridgecrest. Curiosity took me to their upcoming events page. Gideon resonated with me and I felt God wanted me there. Why? Initially I had no idea, but the directive remained clear.
I teach literature of Film at Kingswood University. I do not create film. I critique it and explain it when it falls in the category of the basic literary elements. Nor am I in the media arts field, but I use it all the time and teach a generation emerged in it.
1) Knowledge base: I mention substance I learned from Gideon all the time in my classes.
2) Networking: I have met key people who have helped me in my profession of teaching, my secondary profession of writing, and, as an added bonus, are my spiritual mentors.
Much to my surprise I had networking value as well. I have been a connection person to Gideon talent by promoting films and authors from the Gideon group. My Gideon time has led directly to the promotion of Christian media to a generation who has been slowly abandoning it. My Gideon networking also led to a Maritime tour for humorist Torry Martin. Upcoming projects are in the works.
3) Family: Gideon is a family. The Gideon conference is a family reunion. I have not been able to attend for the last few years and I have missed it greatly. It is a rare occurrence a day will go by without me being in contact (via Facebook, phone, e-mail, etc.) with my Gideon family.
Whether you need to learn, be encouraged, or be adopted into a great family; Gideon is a life-changer.