I have been giving out Gospel tracts regularly for several years now. In November of 2014, I decided to design my own. They are business card size (seen above). This allows me to fit a few in my wallet, which makes it easy to always be ready to hand one 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 past encounters…
After offering a cashier at a convenience store a tract, her response was, “Ah, Jesus… But, I am a Muslim.” There was no line behind me and the store was empty, so I decided to challenge her. “How come?” I asked her. “How come what?” she asked back. I became more direct, “How come you are a Muslim?” She was stunned. She thought for a moment, and then looked up at me and admitted, “I don’t know. No one has ever asked me that question before. I’ve never really thought about it.” She then went on to tell me that she was from Turkey, where everyone is a Muslim, so that was probably why she was. And then, she again said that she never thought about it. We kept talking until another customer came. It was a great conversation, and she was given the Gospel. Who knows what God did with that encounter.
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 my experiences (regardless of how big or small they might be).
Romans 10:14 (HCSB)
“…how can they believe without hearing about Him?”
May you be motivated and blessed by these brief encounters…
Saturday, December 31 – I went out evangelizing with my son, and a good friend, giving out tracts at the train station as people were going into Times Square to see the ball drop. Gave out many tracts and had several good conversations. I met a man named John who has been sober for 67 days and is part of an A.A. program. The program has been taking him to a local church for the past six weeks. Hopefully, this will continue. I discussed the Gospel with him. Please pray for John, for just as the ball will drop in Times Square later this evening, so will a future judgement…
Revelation 20:11-12 (HCSB)
“Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.”
Tuesday, December 27 – I left a tract on a gas pump screen. Maybe the next person getting gas will consider Christ?
Acts 26:24-29 (ESV)
“And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.””
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! May you be inspired to give the Gospel wherever you go…
Acts 8:40 (ESV)
“But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.”
Wednesday, December 7 – On my way home from a meeting at church, I stopped to pick up some Breyer’s Vanilla ice cream. After paying, I laid a tract on the conveyer belt. “Here, this is for you. God bless to you and your family!” I was met with complete indifference and an eye roll. It can be scary to hand out tracts, I get it. The fear of possible rejection (like this example) can be stifling in this regard. If that’s you, I purposely shared this to show that it’s just part of the endeavor. Pray that the cashier might read it, and that God grants her repentance and faith in Christ…
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.”
Sunday, December 4 – This is a picture of a tract that I placed on the top of a men’s room urinal, in a public restroom. A friend of mine (who is a full time evangelist) gave me the idea several years ago. So, I leave them wherever I can. He once told me that it’s a great place to leave a tract for two reasons:
1) The person using the urinal will be forced to read it. What else are they going to do?
2) And, who’s going to touch it? It’s a public urinal.
Acts 17:30-31 (ESV)
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Saturday, December 3 – The greeters at Walmart are great targets for giving tracts. They have no choice but to say hello. LOL! Therefore, I gave tracts to the pair of greeters as we left the store. “Here, something to read while you’re standing around.” They both chuckled and received them with a welcomed hand. May God assign them a change of heart…
2 Timothy 2:25b (HCSB)
“Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.”
Friday, December 2 –
This is a picture of one of the sides, of one of the two different business card sized tracts that I give out. On my way home from work, I stopped off at a small market to get a chocolate milk. At the register after I paid, I laid the tract down with what’s in the picture face up. “Here, God bless to you and your family!” The young women working the register thanked me, and then slid it to side. Bummed out, I went back to the car. I happened to be in the front parking spot, so I could see very clearly through the window of the store where the register she was working at was. There were no customers coming to her check out counter. She then turned, picked up the tract, and started reading (quite intently, I might add). Then, to my AMAZEMENT, she placed it on top of the register at eye level, leaning it so that she could read it again. She then looked down to adjust something in her draw, but then stopped to look up and read it yet again! As I pulled out, I could see her continually peeking up at it. I don’t know what could have been going through her mind. Maybe, it gave her pause? Please pray for God’s Word to penetrate her heart and for others to also share the Gospel with her, confirming this important message of Christ…
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (HCSB)
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”
Tuesday, November 29 – One our way home from Bible study, my oldest needed to get a few things at Walmart. The store was dead. Therefore… TIME TO GIVE OUT TRACTS TO THE STAFF PACKING OUT ITEMS ON THE SHELVES!! (My son coined it as “Gospelizing.” Hahahaha) Here’s the funny thing. Two of the people I gave tracts to probably didn’t speak much English. The first one seemed like he was Eastern European. It took him a moment to understand what I was giving him. After he realized, he was very thankful. He even yelled back several “THANK YOU’S,” from the aisle next to us, LOL. At the register, the cashier also seemed Eastern European, and he also enthusiastically received the tract. I hope they understood. Please pray for them that they did, and that they and one other employee that I gave tracts to might consider Christ tonight…
2 Corinthians 5:10-11a (HCSB)
“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless. Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we seek to persuade people.”
Thursday, November 17 – The guy behind the counter at the bagel store did not seem happy about being given a Gospel tract. All I got was a grumpy, “Thanks…” Whatever has gone on in his life to bring him to the point of responding in such a way, only God knows. But, it is also only God who can change the heart of the grumpy among us. It is why we must share the Gospel in anyway we can…
Romans 1:16b (HCSB)
“…because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes…”
Tuesday, November 15 – I get gas at the same gas station every time. It’s very close to my house and it’s the cheapest around. What I love about this gas station is that they offer full serve for the same price of their self serve pumps. (Why anyone who goes there and pumps the gas themselves is beyond me.) The owner and I used to attend the same church (along with one of the attendants), and another attendant who works there comes from a Christian family. I know his family because his mother used to watch my kids when they were very young. Because of this, I never offer tracts to the other people who work there because I just assume that they have heard the Gospel from these three. But, that’s not really wise (to just assume that people have heard the Gospel). How could I be so stupid? Anyway, I offered a tract to the gas attendant when I paid him, “Here, God bless to you and your family!” He thanked me, put it in his pocket, and went on to the next car. Hopefully he will read it and be changed forever. Please pray for him…
2 Timothy 4:2a (HCSB)
“Proclaim the message…”
Friday, November 11 – My mother-in-law took the family out to dinner to celebrate the birthdays of two of my kids. I had my son stick a tract inside the drink menu at our table during the meal. Maybe a future patron will check it out? My mother-in-law does not know the Lord, so I had to sneak a second tract into the check binder as we were leaving. Hopefully our server will read over the tract. She seemed to be having a stressful night. Please pray for her, that she may may be open to the message of Christ, and also for the salvation of my mother-in-law…
1 Peter 2:9 (HCSB)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.”
Thursday, November 10th – My commute to and from work is about an hour and twenty minutes. I hadn’t felt that great all day and was headachy by the time it was time to go home. I was also starving. I couldn’t tolerate the drive with a pounding headache, so I stopped at a fast food restaurant on my way home. At least the situation provided an opportunity to give the guy at the take out window a tract. “Here!” I said, reaching my hand out. “What is this?” He replied. “God bless to you and your family.” He glanced at it quickly, looked my in the eye, and then said, “Thanks! Thanks a lot.” He then gave me an enthusiastic smile. Pray for him (and my headache)…
1 Peter 4:5-6 (HCSB)
“They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that, although they might be judged by men in the fleshly realm, they might live by God in the spiritual realm.”
Sunday, November 6th – My daughter needed to buy something at a craft store today. After she made the purchase I looked at the cashier with a big smile, placing a tract on the counter, “God bless… To you and your family!” The cashier gave me an enthusiastic, “Thank you!” Please pray for her, that she might read it and consider Christ…
Psalms 96:3 (HCSB)
“Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonderful works among all peoples.”
Monday, November 1st – On our way home from a seminar, my wife and I stopped at a Walmart to pick up some discount Halloween candy. Out front by the entrance, I met an older man named James. He was sitting on the sidewalk against the wall of the store, near the front entrance. James was eating french fries and waiting for a cab. He was having trouble with his phone, trying to call that cab, so I offered him mine. James didn’t want the help. He said that he didn’t know the number for the cab, but that it was in his phone, and that he would find it. I offered him a tract, which he eagerly received. He explained to me that he has never gone to church but that he was “born again” because he was once baptized. I explained to him that baptism doesn’t gain one eternal life but that recognizing who you are, a sinner, and also trusting in Jesus Christ for what He accomplished on the cross, is how one is considered to be “born again.” James kept shaking his head while I was sharing the Gospel with him, affirming what I had explained. I then told him that if he was still struggling with getting the cab after we came back out, I would find a cab for him. He appreciated the gesture and the discussion. When we came back out, James was gone. Pray for him…
Mark 1:15 (HCSB)
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”
Friday, October 28th – My dad took the family out for dinner tonight. He is not a Christian, so I had to sneak a tract into the check binder as we were leaving. Please pray for our waitress that she may read it and be granted repentance and faith. And, say a prayer for my dad as well…
Matthew 10:7 (HCSB)
“As you go, announce this: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’”
Sunday, October 23rd – A small group of us from our congregation this afternoon, went to hand out tracts in the main part of town where our church is. Not many people were out, but we had the opportunity to tract several people and have some brief conversations. I only received two rejections.
One person who rejected my offer was a taxi driver who was parked in his cab. His window was open, so I went over, telling him that I was from a church down the street and offered him a tract. He wanted no part of it. “Ok, no problem,” I said. “May God bless you and your family.” He was authentically thankful for those words.
The second person who rejected my offer for a tract was a woman who was grooming her dog on a park bench. Her response to my offer was, “Uh, no. I’m Jewish.” I had recently learned a lesson from getting that same answer a few weeks back from another Jewish person I had offered tract (a sales associate at a cell phone store). After that encounter, I had regretted not challenging with a more sophisticated response, so this time I came back with what I had rehearsed in my head: “That’s ok. I have a question though. Have you ever read Isaiah 53?” She said that she had. I asked, “Who do you think is being talked about in that chapter?” She became visibly irritated, shaking her head. She turned away, mumbling under her breath, clearly signally that she was not interested in continuing the conversation. As my son and I walked away, I heard her say something about Jesus. She knew who was described in that chapter. Please pray for all who were encountered today…
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 (HCSB)
See, My Servant will act wisely;
He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Just as many were appalled at You —
His appearance was so disfigured
that He did not look like a man,
and His form did not resemble a human being —
so He will sprinkle many nations.
Kings will shut their mouths because of Him,
For they will see what had not been told them,
and they will understand what they had not heard.
Who has believed what we have heard?
And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to?
He grew up before Him like a young plant
and like a root out of dry ground.
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at Him,
no appearance that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like someone people turned away from;
He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
He was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
They made His grave with the wicked
and with a rich man at His death,
although He had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully.
Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.
When You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
He will see it out of His anguish,
and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
My righteous Servant will justify many,
and He will carry their iniquities.
Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion,
and He will receive the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death,
and was counted among the rebels;
yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels.”
Saturday, October 22th, 2016 – After men’s Bible study this morning, several of us went out for lunch. We were waited on by Justin. At the end of our meal I asked him, “Can I ask you something? We are from Calvary Baptist Church of Riverhead just up the road, and after we leave we will be praying for you. Is there anything specifically that you would like us to pray for?” Justin was pleasantly taken back and was enthusiastically thankful for the offer. “Yes, there’s actually a lot going on in my life right now.” He then requested that we pray for his well-being, leaving his needs unspoken. Several of us left tracts with our individual checks. We also put some within the condiments and menus on the table. Please pray for Justin and whoever else might come across these tracts that were left behind…
2 Timothy 4:2a (HCSB)
“Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not…”
Wednesday, October 19th – I had to make a stop to pick something up on the way home from work. The store was empty, except for the guy manning the register. “How’s your day going?” I asked. “Oh man. Did you ever have one of those days where everything doesn’t go so well? Plus, I’m tired and this place is slow tonight. I’m just watching the clock.” After I paid, I dropped a tract on the counter. “Here, check this out since it’s so slow.” He eagerly picked it up, scanning both sides enthusiastically, “Thanks!” As I got into the car, I could see him through the window, bent over, intensely reading it. Please pray that God instills in him the clear need for a Savior…
2 Corinthians 5:10-11a (HCSB)
“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless. Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we seek to persuade people.”
Monday, October 17th – On my way home from work, I stopped off to get some chocolate milk for the ride home. I offered the woman at the register a tract. “Here, this is for you. God bless, to you and your family.” She looked at me like I was nuts. Pray for her, you never know…
Friday, October 14th – Some friends took my wife and I out for dinner. I did not have an opportunity to share the Gospel with the waitress, but we left a generous tip and a tract. Hopefully she will read it! On the way home we had to stop at a drive-thru to pick up some food for one of our kids. It’s a double drive-thru, so I gave tracts at both windows. The first kid thought I was nuts – LOL! The second took the tract with a “Thank you.”
Monday, October 10th – While trying on some clothes in the dressing room at a clothing store, I left a tract behind. maybe someone will check it out…
Then, a little while later, after being helped by a sales associate named Matt at the phone store, I offered him a tract. He then said to me, “Do you want your mind blown? My last name is _____________.” Like an idiot, I didn’t realize that he was referring to the fact that he was Jewish. Looking back, if I ever get that kind of a response again, I will challenge such a person to read Isaiah 53! Yeah, every now and then I do blow it and could have done better. Yet, all the more reason to keep it up…
Isaiah 55:10-11 (NASB)
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Wednesday, October 5th – Everyday on my way home from work, I pass a guy on the side of the road who sets up a farm stand out of the back of his pickup truck. Today I decided to buy some peaches with the hope of sharing the Gospel. Brian was very friendly, telling me that today was the last day for peaches. I offered him a tract as I paid, “I have a question for you. What do you think happens when you die.” His answer caught me off guard. Frankly, it stunned me. “Die?” He said, “I have died.” As it turns out, Brian once suffered a bad fall from his tractor, which then led to a heart attack, where he was pronounced dead for 45 seconds. He went on to describe the outer body experience that he had as a result. He said that he met Jesus. I asked how he knew it was Jesus. Brian said that Jesus didn’t speak to him, but it was clear that it was Him. He then talked about what he saw: a vast calm sea where he stood on the shore, where he picked up a grain of sand which was love… it was certainly unique. I let him just tell it without disruption. I then asked him if this experience changed how he lives his life. All he said is that he thinks about it everyday. We talked about Heaven and hell, the future judgement of God, our culpability to God as image bearers of Him, Christ as the standard of judgement for all men, repentance, and Christ’s work on the cross for those who trust in Him. Brian admitted that we are all sinners. I told him that his experience may have been a wake up call from God to acknowledge Him. I urged him to consider Christ as his Savior. Brian then gave me an apple for my drive home and appreciated the conversation. Pray for him…
Wednesday, September 21st – “Blessings to you and your family!” The woman at the drive-thru took the tract from me, glanced at it, and put it next to the register. Hopefully she will look it over more intently later on…
Monday, September 19th – I tracted the guy who served me at the drive-thru window. “Here, something to consider!” I said. He happily took the tract and put it in his breast pocket to check out later.
Saturday, September 17th – As I pulled into the church parking lot this morning to set up for men’s Bible study, I met a man named “Gigi.” (I’m not sure how to spell it.) Anyway, I offered him a tract. He said that he was Catholic and that he loved Jesus. I asked him why he was Catholic. He shrugged his shoulders and said that he loved Jesus, and that’s how he grew up, so that’s why. It’s interesting how people categorize themselves with regards to religion, because that’s how they grew up (much like the Muslim women I had met as described in the introduction at the top of this page). Then, he swore to me that he would start visiting our church. “I swear… I will start coming to this church.” (I’m not sure why he mentioned that, I didn’t even bring it up.) I asked if he attended a church. He said that he was part of a local Catholic Church. He then wandered off in the opposite direction of where he was going, when I pulled into the parking lot. I hope he was serious about trying our church.
Friday, September 16th – I offered the woman who served my lunch order a tract. “May God bless your family!” I said. She took a look at it and gave me an enthusiastic, “Thank You!”
Later, while ordering the new iPhone 7 Plus at the phone store, I opened the link to THE GOSPEL section of my blog site on several devices, so that those who pass by might check out what Jesus did 2,000 years ago on the cross in Palestine…
When the sales associate was finished with our transaction, I gave her a tract. She took it with a smile…
Then on our way home, we hit the grocery store to pick up some stuff for dinner. While walking through the store, I placed some tracts randomly on the shelves. Maybe, someone will check them out…
Wednesday, September 14th – Since I had a meeting at church to get to after work, I had to grab something to eat on the way since I would not be home for dinner. I tracted the woman working the drive-tru of a burger place. (Yes, I’ve been eating a lot of fast food as of late. But, it gets the Gospel out!) “Here… this is for you… God bless, to you and your family!” The woman who gave me my food took it from me, and then immediately turned around and started reading it.
Tuesday, September 13th – Once again, I was hungry after Bible Study, so we (my oldest son, daughter, and I) hit the drive-thru for tacos on the way home. My son was driving. I gave him a tract to give to the person working the window. As we pulled out, we saw that he was checking out both sides.
Sunday, September 11th – While awaiting our order to be processed for a new dishwasher that we were buying at an appliance store, my daughter and I wandered over to the computer section. Stores that sell computers are a great place to evangelize if you are very shy. You can leave links open to a Gospel presentation on the computers with the hope that those who pass by might read it. I consider this to be another form of “tracting.” On several computers I left the link to the Gospel presentation from my blog site. You can find it at the top left of this page, or you can click here. Below is a picture of two of the computers where I left the link open with the hope that someone might read it…
Saturday, September 10th – I gave a tract to a man in the supermarket parking lot. I offered him blessings to his family and told him to consider Christ. He gladly received the tract from me.
Friday, September 9th – The family went out to dinner, so I put a tract in with the tip. I also put a tract in the appetizer/drink/dessert menu which always sits on the table.
Thursday, September 8th – My oldest son and I were on our way to his pitching workout. He needed gas in his car, so as he was pumping gas I went inside to get a candy bar. I offered the man at the register a tract. “What is this?” he said with a hard tone. I replied, “God bless to you and your family.” He politely received it and said, “Thank you.”
Tuesday, September 6th – My oldest son and I were hungry after Tuesday night Bible study, so we hit the drive-thru at a fast-food place on the way home. My son was driving, so I gave him a tract to give to the person working the window. “Here, this is for you!” The person at the window looked confused. He glanced at it and put it beside the register. As we drove away, it seemed like he ignored it.
Monday, September 5th – After having the tires on my car rotated, I tracted the tire technician. As he got out of my car, I offered and said, “I don’t know whether you’ve considered Christ or not, but blessings to you and your family.” He took it and enthusiastically thanked me.
Romans 1:16a (HCSB)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes…”
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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