More than 100,000 paperback-edition Gideon Bibles have arrived in Nepal to provide relief for the millions of Nepalese desperate for help following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has struck the country.
But the jet loaded with skids of boxed Bibles is being called misguided and “dumber-than-dumb-ass” by rescue groups and world governments alike. [REMINDER: Nepal is 80% Hindu, 10% Buddhist, 4.6% Islamic]
“Well, isn’t that just a plane-load full of stupid?” said a shocked and annoyed Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala when told by CNN that the plane taxiing in to Tribhuvan International Airport was full of Gideon Bibles.
“Do they think Nepal is a Motel?”
“We cannot eat Bibles. We cannot use them as shovels.”
“Nepal desperately needs food and medicine and equipment and workers…not best-seller books.”
Officially, the primarily Hindu government of Nepal has quickly thanked Gideons International for the Christian Bibles but has requested that next time perhaps they “give their thick heads a shake” and send emergency supplies, not stacks of New Testaments.
“The people of Nepal were crying out to the world for help,” Gideons International Director of Advertising and Marketing Craig Warner said defensively via Skype from his home in Nashville. We heard them crying out to us in particular, and we are glad for the world-wide media coverage of us rising to the opportunity and feeding their souls.”
Nepal was struck by the massive earthquake this past weekend near the nation’s capital, Kathmandu, killing more than 4,000 people, with powerful tremors hitting as far away as Mount Everest where an avalanche swept away tents at a climbers’ base camp, killing up to 20 people.
“If you are praying for Nepal, we thank you,” said Koirala. But I humbly ask that you also get up and actually do something…donate, encourage others to donate…just please do not send us any more Bibles.”
Gideon International places more than 90 million of their free Bibles around the world every year, mostly in motels, prisons, and other motels and prisons. In 2013, they reported more than $145,000,000 in revenue.
Robin Steele, Reportering for The Lapine