For the uninitiated, tracts are the good news of Jesus Christ on paper, usually illustrated to help them make the message more winsome to people. Our favourite is This Was Your Life by Jack Chick. http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp which is comic book style. We like comics so we assume other people do too. If I pick up a tract that can't hold my attention, why would assume someone else would like it?
Paul passes out tracts all over the world, wherever we are, and I just want to write some of the responses he has had recently, in the USA.
1. Thank you! I'm a Christian. (Walmart person)
2. God bless you! (lady working in an RV store)
3. That's what we all ought to be doing. (mechanic)
We are still traveling in a motorhome, and I overheard one conversation through the bathroom vent, as I was getting ready for church, and Paul was pumping gas.
He called over to the man at the next pump with a small car, "I'll pay for your gas if you'll pay for mine."
(That makes people laugh, and shake their heads, though one guy topped him. He said he'd pay for ours if we'd pay for his boat. His boat holds 350 gallons of gas! Whoa!)
They chatted and laughed as their gas flowed, and then Paul offered the man a tract. He thanked Paul, and told him how he tried to minister to people through music because they didn't want to hear preaching.
It's scary sometimes to get the nerve up to give people the gospel. It's encouraging to be reminded that a lot of people are pleased to get them. The USA is not Africa, where people sometimes ask us for more tracts if we give them one, but neither is it dangerous. No excuses really.
"And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word" (Acts 4 29.)