The Gibeonites approached Joshua, wanting to make peace with him and the children of Israel, so they said to him,
“From a very far country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt, and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan—to Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth” (Joshua 9:9-10).
Therefore, they sought to deceive Israel by making them think that the Gibeonites had come from an area outside of Canaan.
However, what we want to see here is the fame of God spreading throughout the region. This happened in the days of Jesus, and in the later centuries as people heard about the good things that Christians did, and many people sought to become members of the church.
What would happen today, if you and your congregation suddenly starting doing many good works in your town?