“When you can’t speak Jesus’ words, you can always give a Jesus message.”
There is more to Lutheran Tract Mission than leaflets, bookmarks, text cards and postcards. Sharing tracts can touch lives, turning people to see or hear Jesus’ saving message of hope for the first time. Many of us use this “silent way of evangelism” - from chaplains working in aged care, teachers in schools, to pastors caring for members.
Each tract is unique, with much of my time spent searching for the right words and pictures to enhance God’s powerful message. Prayer is essential, both for the person giving the tract and for the receiver. Tracts are subjective: people can be drawn to the pictures or words, but each shares God’s Words to encourage, comfort and bring Jesus into people’s lives.
Lutheran Tract Mission has recently introduced stickers, sticker Advent calendars, magnetic nativity scenes for Christmas, Advent and Lenten Devotionals, with refrigerator magnets to come.
Many grandparents give these to their grandchildren – passing on the story of Jesus’ birth without being overpowering. Some have also sent them to family overseas in lockdown.
I am touched by those who use tracts to share God’s Word, following Paul in Romans 10:14 – “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them.”
God asks us all to preach the Gospel – sharing His love. Tracts can be silent witnesses; left on a table, on a child’s desk, put into a letterbox, or given in
Share God’s love and be like our evangelist Irwin, whose checklist when leaving the house is ‘keys, tracts, wallet, hanky, phone, shopping list'.
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Elizabeth in the UK playing with her nativity from Grandma Ruth.
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