In 2016, I started to list a sampling of my encounters that I have with people when I hand out Gospel tracts. I have been giving out Gospel tracts regularly for several years now. In November of 2014, I decided to design my own. I currently have two different ones that I give out. Above are pictures of the front and back of one of the tracts that I give out. Both tracts are business card size. This allows me to fit a few of each in my wallet, which makes it easy to always be ready to hand them out.

Over the years, my encounters while giving out tracts has led to some very interesting conversations and opportunities to evangelize.

Here is an example of one of my favorite encounters from 2016…

Sunday, December 11 – I was encouraged incredibly in church today. For the first time ever, I met someone who found one of my tracts that I randomly place in public places. Yesterday afternoon I had left a tract on the back of the toilet in the men’s room at a Dunkin’ Donuts. This morning, after Sunday School, two men who have been coming to our church for a while mentioned during our conversation that one of them had found a tract at Dunkin’ Donuts on the men’s room toilet last night. (They wanted to let me know because I encourage the giving of tracts.) I then went into my wallet and pulled out one of my tracts. “Did it look like this?” I asked. “Yes!” they replied. So cool!

We never know where evangelizing may lead, and the thought of it can be very scary. But, it’s really not. Charles Spurgeon once said…

“Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing.”

With the hope of encouraging you to also consider handing out tracts, I have now started “THE TRACTING TRACKER” chronicling some of my experiences (regardless of how big or small they might be). To read about the 2016 encounters, please click here.

Romans 10:14 (HCSB)
“…how can they believe without hearing about Him?”

May you be motivated and blessed by these brief encounters…

Saturday, July 8 – I don’t think anyone will touch a tract placed in a porta-potty. Maybe it will be seen by many?

Acts 8:25 (HCSB)
“Then, after they had testified and spoken the message of the Lord, they traveled back to Jerusalem, evangelizing many villages of the Samaritans.”

Friday, July 7 – Ok, I admit it. I really like Starbucks products, even though I completely disagree with the company’s social positions. But, what I like even more is leaving tracts behind. Perhaps, just perhaps, someone might read it and then be inclined (by the grace of God) to consider Christ. Wouldn’t that be a heck of a testimony?

“Well, it was really weird. I was waiting for my grande, double-shot, iced latte macchiato, with one pump of caramel, and I noticed this little tract. After reading it, I was struck to the core, considering what I’ve never really thought about prior… suddenly recognizing my need for a savior.”

Hey, it could happen!

Acts 17:27b (HCSB)
“…perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

Wednesday, June 13 – “Eager Readers” That’s what I call the enthusiastic Gospel tract recipients which I sometimes come across. They take the tract from me and just start reading it with an intense urgency.

“Here… God bless to you and your family.”

The women working the drive-thru window, where I stopped to pick up a bite to eat on my way to Bible study at my church, was an “Eager Reader.” I love when God gives me such people to give a tract to!

Maybe she’s a Berean, and doesn’t know it yet…

Acts 17:10-11 (HCSB)
“As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea. On arrival, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they WELCOMED THE MESSAGE WITH EAGERNESS and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”

Monday, May 15 – I was in the mood for hotdogs for dinner. After getting them, some buns, and also some potato chips, I made my way to the grocery store register. The college aged kid was very friendly. He rang me up and handed me a receipt. He was about to go on break. I was his last customer. “Here, something to read during your down time. God bless to you and your family.” He received it with a “Thank You.” I turned to look back at him, as I walked out, to then see him reading it as he made his way to the other side of the store. Maybe, God would prick his heart…

Romans 1:16a
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes…”

Tuesday, April 4 – Today was another dank and cold afternoon, with a slight drizzle in the air. A nice cup of hot tea was what I needed for the drive home from work. The gas station Supermart was quiet. Only the cashier remained, working the register, by the time I had finished making my tea. I don’t know why, but sometimes I have to fight being hesitant to give out a Gospel tract. Until Jesus comes back, the flesh will continue to war against us internally. Yet, until He returns, we must share the good news of why He came the first time, regardless of our waffling confidence.

“Here, God bless you and your family.”

I did not expect the enthusiastic, “Thank you!”

As I got into the car, I could see through the windows that he was still reading the Gospel tract with intensity. I needed to be encouraged, but I am sure that he needed the Gospel even more…

Psalms 71:19 (HCSB)
“Your righteousness reaches heaven, God,
You who have done great things;
God, who is like You?”

Thursday, March 16 – It’s always nice to get that enthusiastic reception of a Gospel tract. Such was the case from the gentleman working at the parking booth at the airport today. “Here, something for you to read over when it gets slow. God bless to you and your family!” He was very thankful…

Acts 8:35 (HCSB)
“So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture.”

Thursday, February 23 – Lately, my handing out of tracts has been met with indifference. Though this has never prevented me from giving tracts to people whenever opportunity arises, it’s still nice to sometimes witness a genuine interest in what the tract has to offer. Last night was another encouragement to me. I had to attend a meeting at my church right after work, so I stopped at a drive-thru to pick up something to eat (since I wouldn’t make it home for dinner). “Here, this is for you. God bless to you and your family!” The woman at the window lit up and gladly took the tract from me. She immediately turned, and then started reading it with an intense vigor which I hadn’t seen in a while. Maybe, God will prick her heart…

Acts 17:32-34 (HCSB)
“When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.” Then Paul left their presence. However, some men joined him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”

Saturday, February 11 – I love leaving behind some light, public bathroom, reading material…

Friday, January 27 – Since I had taken the day off from work, I had the opportunity to go out and have lunch with some brothers from church. Our waitress’s name was Jade. After we ordered our food, I asked her a question that I like to sometimes propose to servers at restaurants. “Can I ask you something?” She nodded. “We are from a local church. Is there anything that you need prayer for?”

You could tell that this question struck a nerve of some kind. “I just got a chills,” she admitted. This question effected her greatly. During the meal, she even at one point brought over another waitress to meet us. I guess they are friends and it seems that they have shared life’s challenges with each other. As we offered the other waitress the opportunity to also share with us what she might need prayer for, Jade’s eyes started to tear up. She was fighting back emotion.

We learned from Jade that she lacked “happiness,” as she put it. “I just want to be happy.” I then challenged her to clarify what she meant by happiness. Jade said that she had to think about it and that she would get back with an answer.

Happiness is a common goal for a lot of people, except there’s one problem with it. They have no idea what that even looks like. Jade was no different, she had no answer.

At the end of the meal, I shared with her what the Bible says about happiness, that peace with God is the only thing that brings it. I explained that when we have peace with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we can then handle things such as the death of a loved one. I also explained that without having peace with God through Christ, one’s life is then just a never-ending quest for happiness.

We gave her a Gospel tract and information about our church which she excepted enthusiastically. Please pray for Jade…

Romans 5:1-2 (HCSB)
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

Saturday, January 21 – My wife and I rode together with another couple in their car to go out to dinner. At an intersection on the way (while stopped at a traffic light), a man was going from car to car with a sign looking for a hand out. I am always a little torn as to whether or not to give money to such people. I have in the past, but now I usually just give a Gospel tract. Either way, a Gospel tract is more valuable. “Do you know the Lord?” I asked. “Yep,” replied the man. “Who is the Lord?” I came back. “Jesus Christ,” he said. “That’s right. Here read this, it’s important.” He took the tract from me with enthusiasm. Who knows if he read it. Who knows if he actually knows Christ. Later, after dinner, I placed a tract into the check binder for our waitress. Please pray for them both…

Romans 1:16a (ESV)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”

Wednesday, January 11 – I was in the mood for Entenmann’s Apple Puffs, so I took a drive to the grocery store. The cashier reluctantly received the Gospel tract. “Here, something to check out since the store is slow.” I turned and went outside to the car. As I looked back, I could see through the front windows the cashier showing the tract to another cashier. They were both laughing. Some might think that handing out tracks is a waste of time. Sometimes they are received with sincere gratitude, sometimes indifference, and sometimes with a bit of laughing and confusion. Either way, the Gospel must be offered to a lost world, anyway we can offer it…

Acts 17:32-34 (HCSB)
“When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.” Then Paul left their presence. However, some men joined him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”

Monday, January 3 – My son and I met two friends for “All You Can Eat Sushi.” We included a tract with the check, and we also stuck one between the bottles of soy sauce on the edge of the table.

Whenever possible…

Colossians 1:28a (HCSB)
“We proclaim Him…”

Godspeed, to the Brethren!