THE TRACTING TRACKER 2019

Welcome to the “TRACTING TRACKER 2019”!

In 2016, I started to list a sampling of my encounters here in “THE TRACTING TRACKER” which I have had with people when I handed out Gospel tracts. I have been giving out tracts regularly for several years now. In November of 2014, I decided to design my own. The picture above shows the latest design. All of the tracts that I have designed (so far) have all been business card size. This allows me to fit a few in my wallet, which makes it easy to always be ready to hand them out. Plus, making them this size makes it easy for the person receiving them to not be burdened with something that is too large. The idea is to make them into something which the person might hang on to, which might spark the person to possibly have further thoughts about who Jesus is and what He did. For this latest design, I still wanted to keep them business card sized, but by getting a folded version, I could add a middle section of additional content. Over the years, my encounters while giving out tracts has led to some very interesting conversations and responses.

Here is an example of one of my favorite encounters from 2018…

Thursday, November 29 – After bringing our food (to my son and I), I asked our waitress my usual question…

“I have a strange thing to ask you.”

She paused, and looked at me, not knowing what was coming…

“I’m a deacon in my church. Is there anything that you need prayer for?”

She was taken back, stunned, in one of the most appreciative reactions that I had ever gotten when asking this question…

“Yeah! I’m currently waiting to hear if I’m getting a job that I’m hoping to get. Pray for me.”

Later, when she checked on how the meal was, she had this look of happy shock. She expressed how much she appreciated the offer for prayer and thanked me again. She then offered to get us some drinks on her. (She was also tending the bar while waiting on tables. I couldn’t believe that she was taking care of the entire pub by herself. I’m guessing it’s why she was hoping for another job.) I told her thanks, but we were ok with the order we had.

When I asked her for the check at the end of the meal, she again started up the conversation…

“I’m sorry that I was so selfish for asking for prayers about me. I should be thinking of other people.” I told her that it was ok, and that I had asked her if she, personally, needed prayer.

Then she asked me a question, which I had never been asked before…

“You said that you are from a church. Is that what you do? What is a deacon?” I explained that as one of the deacons, it is my job to help make sure that the church operates properly. I also told her that I sometimes fill in and preach when needed, and that I lead a men’s Bible study, and also lead in other teaching capacities as well. “Do You always pray for people?” she asked. I told her, “Yes.” Then she paused for a moment… “Can you pray for my dad?” “Sure,” I answered, and then I asked her if he was having health problems. “No,” she replied. “He’s just crazy.”

I told her I would.

She again expressed her appreciation and was incredibly encouraged. I left a Gospel tract with our payment and tip. I hope that she is as open and encouraged by what it says, as she was with our conversation. I never got her name, but please pray for her…

2 Timothy 4:2a (HCSB)
Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not…

Spurgeon

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.”

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

May you be motivated and blessed by these brief encounters…

Saturday, January 5 – At the grocery store, it was extremely slow. The cashier looked board and was looking at her phone. I would guess that she was college age. After paying and receiving my change and receipt, I was hesitant to give her a tract. I must admit that even though I have been doing this regularly for a few years now, I still sometimes become resistive to giving out a tract. “Here, something to read if it gets slow.” She certainly did not expect it. “God bless, to you and your family.” I wouldn’t say that she was eager to receive it, but she was not indifferent either. She smiled and sincerely thanked me. I quickly glanced back as I left the store. She was checking it out. I’m glad that I fought the temptation to not bother giving her one. 

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