Witnessing Through Gospel Tracts During This Pandemic :: By Candy Austin

With all of this talk about ‘Social Distancing’ during perilous times such as these, how does one go about ‘Witnessing’ to the lost during the weeks and months that we are ‘quarantined’ from each other? Leaving Gospel Tracts wherever we go is a good way to ‘witness’ during this time. Maybe even taping some on residential and apartment doors might be an efficient way too. For some years now we have been ordering various gospel tracts from Chick.com.

When they come in the mail, we stamp them all on the back with essential information and websites people can go to if they want to learn more ‘about the things of God.’ Then we put the tracts in sandwich bags along with a ‘devotional page or ministry pamphlet’ that we always get in the mail from various ministries to save from throwing them away and instead use them for added influence and reading. We try to leave our ‘salvation packs,’ as we call them, everywhere we go. The sandwich bags keep the tracts and devotionals from getting wet or dirty while they are ‘waiting to be picked up’ by someone through ‘divine appointment.’

Chick Tracts are awesome ‘comic magazine-like booklets’ that pique interest from young and old alike. It is often said by those who write in that ‘Chick Tracts Get Read.’ Waiters, waitresses, and many others have testified that they got saved and/or rededicated their lives to Christ through reading these tracts. Chick tracts are great for children; over the years, many adults have said that they were ‘first introduced, interested, and influenced’ by the gospel through reading chick tracts as a kid. One can order them in English or Spanish; there are promotional tracts and various tracts targeted for specific audiences. At only 17 cents apiece, they are also an ‘inexpensive witnessing tool’ to use in furthering God’s Kingdom. I highly recommend the Chick Tracts at chick.com.

Probably one of the ‘Best Street-Witnessing Evangelists’ of our time is no other than Ray Comfort! Recently, Ray Comfort, at his website livingwaters.com, has released a new tract concerning the Corona Virus titled, “7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Corona Virus.” Designed to mimic a face mask, this tract contains seven ways to protect yourself from the virus as well as how to protect yourself from death. Apparently, they were free and one only needed to pay shipping; but, surprisingly, they are ‘out of stock’ at the moment! That is an ‘awesome sign’ indicating that people are passing out tracts during this very trying time!

Even if these are out of stock, Ray Comfort’s site has many other gospel tracts that are ‘eye catching and interestingly relevant’ as well.  Some even look like million-dollar bills, and they are sold in packs at a reasonable price.

Another way to find gospel tracts is at your local Christian store. Recently, Life Way and certain Family Christian stores have shut down many of their brick and mortar locations, but Mardel’s Christian Bookstore is usually found next to a Hobby Lobby around here. Lifeway.com and Christianbook.com both have a plethora of English and Spanish salvation gospel tracts to order from as well. Passing out tracts or leaving them everywhere we go resembles the parable of the Farmer who ‘sowed seeds.’ Some of our ‘tract seeds’ may fall on hard soil, some may land on rocky ground, some may get choked by the thorns, and some may finally end up on good soil.

From Mission Bible Class: Parable of a sower and seeds

The people asked Jesus what the parable meant. He told him that the seed was like the things he was trying to teach them about the kingdom of God. Jesus taught lots of people about God being the King over the whole world in the same way that the farmer planted lots of seeds. Not all of the farmer’s seeds grew, and not everyone who heard Jesus believed what he said. Different people have different kinds of hearts. There are different kinds of hearts just like there are different kinds of soils.

The hard soil of the path was like the hard hearts of people who heard Jesus’ teaching but did not even understand or care what it meant. When people have hard hearts, then they do not want to follow God. They just go away from God like the seed got taken away by the birds.

The seed that fell on the rocky soil was like someone who hears about God and becomes a Christian (so they claim). They are so happy to find God but then they (quickly) change their minds and turn away from him. That is like the plant whose (shallow) roots die. (Nothing develops under the surface.)

Remember the seed that fell on the soil that had weeds and thorns in it? That plant never got big. That is like people who listen to the Word of God but then get so busy making money and having fun that they don’t have time to worship him. Too much money and too much fun keep them from being strong and healthy Christians just like the weeds that choked the plant.

Finally, Jesus explained what the good soil meant. The good soil was the kind of heart that we should all have. The good soil is a heart that listens to God’s word and tries to obey him. Just like the seed grows in good soil, the words of Jesus grow in good hearts. The person whose heart is like the good soil always wants to listen to God and to make him happy by obeying him. – end source

Just imagine how many lives you may have brought to Christ by obeying the Great Commission and spreading the Gospel by leaving gospel tracts for those who had a heart of ‘good soil’ – those who received the Good News by our ‘planting and watering’ and God giving the increase! In Heaven, we may have a line of people standing behind us and Jesus telling us to look at all the ones we helped to bring into His Kingdom! The most wonderful words we can hear from our Savior’s lips upon arriving are, “Well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!” Let us be found Faithful until His Coming… Maranatha!

1 Corinthians 3:6-10 (all scripture KJV) “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

2 Corinthians 9:6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

Proverbs 11:18 “The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”

Until next time… Maranatha!