Gideon's 300 ("G300") is an interdenominational alliance of individuals in Northwest Arkansas who, because of the economy, are currently unemployed, under-employed, early-retired or who own a business that is under-performing. Members come together to share valuable and unique skills, life experiences, contacts, and knowledge that can help each other in their common struggles. Included also are members who are not currently in difficult circumstances. They are available to offer encouragement and - as time permits - to mentor fellow members.

Difficult times can be devastating. But - as impossible as it may seem - you can still be full of joy here and now even as you endure trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit, difficulties result in a more joyful future. When our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow and when fully developed, we find ourselves stronger in character, full of joy and ready for anything.

While we are in difficult circumstances, it is easy to suffer financial embarrassment and/or become frustrated to the point of making poor decisions, experience periods of depression and even worse. Some would say this "dark night of the soul" is part of God's plan - His allowing us to experience suffering so we will pay closer attention to Him and change the direction of our lives. While in the midst of the storm it can be almost impossible to understand God's meaning for your intense suffering ("Patient Endurance"). However, while it may take years, we often can look back on this time as truly being an opportunity where we grew far beyond the material achievements we once thought so important. That's not to say we would want to go through it again!

Just as Gideon discovered after God took away the resources he thought he needed to succeed, we often find ourselves stripped of the comforts we once required in the daily battle for success. Some try to fight the battle alone but those who are smarter seek the help and guidance of others. Some think the outcome depends entirely on their own abilities.

The smarter approach is to reach out to God continually. But for those who haven't experienced the pleasure of doing that, in times of desperation when we no longer can handle tough situations ourselves or even with the help of friends, God encourages us to reach out and feel His presence. What some of us learn with time is that God has a plan to prosper us if we will only seek Him with all our hearts.

Gideon's 300 was established by caring individuals who want to see you succeed. Many of them have been where you are now - many well beyond your worst fears. We serve as a mentoring resource to help those who are undergoing serious life changes - changes that can cause men to question their purpose in life and their continuing contribution in this complex and rapidly changing world. We provide various types of resources for men in transition and invite you to join us during one of our regularly scheduled meetings in Northwest Arkansas.

The Joseph Project

Please note:

Gideon's 300 has a foundation based on Christian teachings.
However, we do not promote any individual denomination, church or belief.

In fact, we welcome believers of any faith as well as non-believers.

Also note:
This is a new website which is growing rapidly as a result of input and recommendations from readers. If you know of other websites and resources that could be helpful to our Members, please make a Comment on the appropriate page or else send an email.

The Story of Gideon

For more information please contact:

Jim Shankle

"We must pray as if everything depended on God, and
we must work as if everything depended on us."
Augustine of Hippo

    Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

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