THE TRACTING TRACKER 2017


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 three different ones that I give out. Above are pictures of the front and back of one of the tracts that I give out. All three 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…

December 1 – My wife and I, and our oldest son, went out to dinner with another couple. After the waitress took our orders, I offered her my typical inquisition… “Can I ask you a strange question?” She paused for a moment. Then, she said, “Sure.” I could tell that she was a little reluctant, yet, enthusiastically curious at the same time. “We are from a local church, and we will be praying for our meal. Do you have anything that you need prayer for?” She was taken by surprise. The restaurant was extremely busy, and she was at full throttle. But, she froze for a moment and thought about it. “Yeah, I could use some prayer. My life is crazy right now. My boy friend just left me… FOR A GUY!” Then, she was off to another table.

Now… WE were surprised.

This is the fallen world in which we live… where guys, leave girls, for guys. We prayed for her, of course. However, she was too busy to talk any further while we were there. So, we left her a Gospel tract with the tip. It was understandable why she seemed so unsettled. Not only because she was so busy, but I suspect because (with such a shocking reason for a breakup) her private life was so chaotic. Unfortunately, we never got the chance to get her name. Please, pray for her.

This comes to mind…

Romans 1:26-28 (HCSB)
“This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error. And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.”

Sunday, November 12 – The newly designed tracts seem to catch the attention of those I’ve given them to so far. While purchasing some ice for our family gathering today, the cashier at 7-11 enthusiastically read over the whole thing. My car was parked at the entrance, so he was clearly visible from outside. It’s awesome to witness people take in the glorious message of Christ. Maybe, God will grant him repentance and faith?

Isaiah 52:7 (CSB)
“How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!””

Tuesday, October 31 – My New tracts that I just designed arrived today… I’m locked and loaded!

Front…

Back…

Thursday, September 14 – Today, I had to go to the dermatologist to receive “photo dynamic therapy” for pre-cancerous skin issues on the top of my head. The process takes about an hour and a half.

First, they “paint” you with a chemical, all around the area being treated. Then, you have to sit and wait for an hour for the chemicals to soak into the skin. Once the waiting period is over, you are then brought in to sit in a reclining chair. It is explained that an ultraviolet type of light will then be concentrated on the chemically treated areas. The light triggers the chemicals to then start killing the cancer cells. You are also told that during the procedure, which will last for a little over 16 minutes, you will be periodically asked to rate the level of pain felt. You are supposed to give a number between 1 and 10 (10 being intolerable, where the procedure would need to stop). It is obviously the goal to make it through the entire time period. A fan is placed nearby, ready to be turned on, in order to help reduce the intensity if needed. Remember, the goal is to complete the treatment and not stop early.

After a full explanation of how it all works, you are then asked to sign a waiver. I have to say, it’s a bit nerve racking anticipating what the light process would be like.

After signing the waiver, cotton pads are placed over the eyelids, and then a pair of special goggles are put on over them. With the eyes completely covered, you are then reclined back, and closely around your head the “light box machine” is fixed in place.

A lot of things go through your mind at this point, as you could imagine.

The technician then asks if you are comfortable. (Uh, I guess?) Upon answering in the affirmative, the technician then said that we were then going to start.

You can immediately feel the light. You can still even get a slight glimpse of the light, even with the eyes closed and covered, revealing how intense this procedure is.

Now, at this moment prayer suddenly becomes a priority. I prayed to God, asking Him somehow get me through this.

The silence in the room was then broken by the technician asking for a description of the level of potential pain that I was experiencing. Remarkably, it was not what my imagination had conjured up.

“Between 3 and 4,” I told her. “Oh good,” she replied.

At this point, I suddenly got the urge to evangelize. (It’s funny how God works sometimes.)

I then asked the technician, “Excuse me, what was your name again?” “Nanette,” she said.

“Nanette, do you go to church?” I questioned.

As it turns out, Nanette is a Christian. I asked her what her favorite book of the Bible was. “Ezekiel,” she told me. She loves the part about the dry bones coming to life. It led to a great conversation, where she had also asked my opinion about women pastors. I explained to her that it’s difficult to show from scripture that women should be pastors. However, I also went through how important women are to God and I gave several examples from the Bible showing this. She then brought up Deborah, from the book of Judges. But, I explained (gently) that that account was actually a judgement against Israel. I then encouraged her to search the scriptures regarding women being pastors, and her conscience.

Before I knew it, the procedure was over. It was a great convo, and it made the time go by fast (answered prayer).

Before leaving, I offered to pray for her, and she excepted enthusiastically.

So, I prayed!!

I hope this encourages you to share your faith…

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!