As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10, 11)
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-
1. Gospel tracts were originally conceived as a way to saturate large areas and populations of people with the Word of God and the Gospel. (Rural and urban.) (They were used for evangelism and discipleship.)
2. Low in cost, tracts were widely used by churches, circuit preachers, missionaries and lay people.
3. The results with the use of tracts, in terms of conversions, were (and still are) impressive.
4.The first tract association in America was the Methodist Book Concern, founded in Philadelphia in 1789. (Others in Europe existed earlier.)
5. Numerous tract societies were formed to fund the mass production and distribution of tracts.
6. Between 1800 and 1825 there were over 450 tract societies.
7. None of these groups distributed less than several thousand tracts. (The New England Tract Society of Boston distributed over 4,000,000 tracts.)
8. After 1825, many of the independent tract societies merged together and become known as, the American Tract Society.
9. Today, the American Tract Society still exists alongside many other tract societies and publishers, large and small.
10. Prior to dropping bombs over Nazi Germany, England sought to change the hearts of the German people by dropping over 65,000,000 political tracts.
11. Tracts come in various sizes that range between small single leaflets to full-
12. While most tracts are focused towards salvation in general, many have special themes in order to attract a wide range of people.
13. Special tracts are published for children and youth.
14. Many tracts are designed specifically for Christians as tools of encouragement and discipleship.
15. Tracts are known as silent evangelist. They can communicate the Gospel and God's Word within the privacy of one's own conscience.
16. Containing God's Word within them, tracts have an affect on an individual like no other publication.
17. There are many good ways to distribute tracts. There are also some bad methods.
18. A great Biblical example of a tract in action is the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. (Acts 8:26-
19. When a tract's sponsor is properly identified, people can be successfully led into the fellowship of believers at a local church.
20. Not all tracts are good.
A. Many are produced by cults and false religions.
B. Some are simply flawed by poor authorship.
21. Today, tracts are still an inexpensive and very effective way to spread God's Word to people and to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
HOW TO DISTRIBUTE TRACTS
1. Tracts can be given by hand to individuals:
A. As you would hand out a business card.
B. As you would shake hands with people.
C. As you would casually greet someone.
D. As you would conduct business with a clerk, cashier or other merchant.
E. As you would normally meet a stranger.
2. Tracts can be sent along with letters and greeting cards to family and friends.
3. Tracts can be wrapped up along with holiday gifts and birthday presents.
4. Tracts can be left out on the coffee table in your home for your guests to take.
5. Tracts can be given out with candy treats to kids during Halloween.
6. Tracts can be left out in the open for people to see and take while at your work (if allowed) or at your place of business.
7. Tracts can be given to children wrapped around a candy bar as a simple treat.
8. Tracts can be discreetly left behind for strangers to find and read:
A. In your empty shopping cart.
B. At a pay phone, automatic teller or at other vending machines.
C. With your tip or gratuity. (Never leave a tract alone in lieu of a tip or gratuity!)
D. On your table at a fast food restaurant.
E. On a public bench or picnic table.
F. On the seat of a bus, plane or train.
G. In a public restroom.
H. In an empty parking space.
I. On a community bulletin board.
J. In public waiting rooms. (Doctor's, etc.)
K. At water fountains.
DOs and DON’Ts of TRACTS
1. Read and become familiar with the tracts that you use and distribute. (Make sure they are proper and fitting for the situation.)
2. Pray before, and after, giving out or leaving behind tracts.
3. Identify your church on the tract's back.
4. Be polite and smile when giving out tracts.
5. Read the tract with an individual if asked to do so. (They may be illiterate.)
6. Be prepared to answer questions that people may have about the tract you give.
7. Always keep an ample supply and a variety of tracts available. (Especially children's.)
1. Do not force tracts upon anyone, ever.
2. Do not leave tracts laying about in such a way that they could be thought of as litter.
3. Do not simply "throw them to the wind".
4. Do not leave tracts on private property.
5. Do not leave tracts on cars, trucks, etc.
6. Do not distribute or leave tracts behind where a "No Solicitation" sign is posted.
7. Do not leave tracts in a door slot or box that is marked "mail" or in a U.S. mailbox.
8. Do not send tracts with prepaid envelopes when paying bills or conducting business through the mail.
9. Do not leave tracts in any manor that could possibly compromise anyone's safety or the integrity of the Lord's Church.
PO BOX 3500
Ontario, CA 91761-
AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY
PO BOX 462008
Garland, TX 75046-
THE TRACT LEAGUE
2627 Elmridge Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544-
GOOD NEWS PUBLISHERS
1300 Crescent St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
OSTERHUS PUBLISHING HOUSE
4500 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55422
FELLOWSHIP TRACT LEAGUE
PO BOX 164
Lebanon, OH 45036
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY
New York, NY 10023
PO BOX 741417
Dallas, TX 75374
AMERICAN MESSIANIC FELLOWSHIP
P.O. Box 5470
Lansing, Illinois 60438
(Tracts to witness to Jewish people)
ANSWERS IN GENESIS
P.O. Box 6330
Florence, Kentucky 41022
(Tracts on creation.)
THE POCKET TESTAMENT LEAGUE
11 Toll Gate Rd.
PO BOX 800
Lititz, PA 17543-
WORLD MISSIONARY PRESS, INC.
P.O. Box 120
New Paris, IN 46553
WORLD CHRISTIAN TRACT DIRECTORY
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