"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:16
From the Front Lines
Issue Date: May/June 2001
With millions of paper missionaries in dozens of languages shipped each month, testimonies come back to Chick Publications from all over the world. Here are some sample reports from St. Louis to Zimbabwe.
The photo at right is typical of the hunger for the gospel in many parts of the world. It was sent to Chick
Publications by Richard Davis who works with Every Home for Christ. In Zimbabwe, Africa, 100,000 Tonga people live on a remote river valley accessible only by 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Swarms of malaria-laden mosquitoes greet anyone who ventures near the Zambezi River that has the highest death rate from malaria in the nation. Yet, the first organized outreach to a Tonga village in October 1999 found
hearts receptive to the gospel. Approximately 800 adults and children accepted Jesus as Savior.
Chick Publications has worked with many African missionaries to translate
Chick tracts into some of the most remote African languages including Tonga.
A list of the languages can be found on our web site.
Former Polish Altar Boy Now a Pastor
Pastor Radoslaw Frencel e-mailed Chick Publications the following testimony:
It is such a joy for me to distribute the tracts from the ministry that 15 years ago was instrumental in my own salvation! Yes, I had tried everything: drugs, eastern mysticism, Catholicism.
Being a very zealous Catholic, as a matter of fact, a lector,
(a kind of a "higher rank of an altar boy"), reading the Word
to others. I had no idea why Christ died on the cross — I guess
I could quote the "for the sins of humanity" statement, but was only a
sort of "mantra" for me — I was spiritually lost and belonged to the devil.
But at the end of 1985, to a large degree thanks to a local Baptist
congregation, I was presented the true gospel of grace. What a difference!
What freedom — it was not my trying to earn something — it was
His gift! I remember praying the sinner's prayer in my room AFTER
READING A CHICK TRACT.
Victory In Mexico
Seed For The Cities directors Bill and Janet Eubanks write:
Monday morning, Nov. 13 at 4 am a 15-passenger van with 5 saints, a generator, 2 movie projectors, the film "The Burning Hell" and 100,000 Chick tracts in 30 Spanish titles eased through the border crossing at Reynosa, Mexico.
Five weeks later, after traveling 1600 miles, the fruit is:
525 precious Mexican souls saved, 95,000 Chick tracts passed
out by hand, (5,000 were left with pastors to do door knocking);
a mini-revival in 4 churches, and a great happiness that God would
let us be in on a mission thus far the largest that Seed For The Cities has ever attempted.
A Long Day At the Gas Pump In The Congo
Missionary Mike Greene writes from the Congo:
For the past 6 months, diesel fuel has only been selling at a few select stations at unscheduled times. Unless I want to pay $4 per gallon on the black market (for dirty, watered down fuel), I have to wait in line where it sells for $1.50 to $2 a gallon.
I had an unusual day last week at the station. Circumstances looked as if I would be able to get fuel early in the morning, but I ended up waiting 9 hours in vain. Frustrating (yea, downright irritating) as that was, the day wasn't a total loss. While waiting in line, a Congolese approached me asking for a tract. He left with a few, then his friend came and followed suit. Within minutes, a crowd gathered around my jeep.
For the next two hours, I gave out 100 John/Romans, a couple hundred Chick tracts, and preached to those who cared to listen. Catholicism is heavy here, so the Why Is Mary Crying? tract is a real novelty.
Like the rest of the world, the Congolese love outward and ceremonious (dead) religion. So, it's a blessing when they hear and believe. Perish the day if I ever grow weary of preaching the truth to a crowd of wide-eyed souls who listen with interest. God wanted me there that day, for the next day, I was in and out with my diesel in 30 minutes.
A Tract Was His Only Bible
Many Latin American cities have big "religious" street parties similar to the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Danny Callis works with local pastors in Brazil to reach the crowds of revelers who participate in the debauchery often associated with these events. Callis sends this email report from an outreach to Camacari, Brazil:
Thanks once again for praying for the evangelism during the "street party" in the city of Camacari. About 60 to 70 Christians participated, with around 300 people coming to Jesus.
A man that had accepted the Lord last year during this event and that lives in another city showed up just to find the Christians and show them that he was still following Jesus. His appearance had changed for the better and he was happy. He asked for and received a Bible, saying that all he had for a "Bible" was the tract we gave him last year.
We appreciate your prayers, especially because of the results, but also that nothing harmed the Christians during the violence that happened during this party.
Gospel Shared Using ONE WAY! Tract
Todd Roper, who works with Danny Callis in the "street parties,"
describes how he uses the Chick tract
ONE WAY! to get new Christians started sharing the Gospel. First, he gives them a copy of the tract to read. Then he asks if they understood it.
If they say something like "more or less" he then explains each page to them. "For example," says Roper, "On the page where God is building a wall, I say that the couple were expelled from the Garden and a barrier made so that they could not get back to God by just any way. God is the One who decides how men are to come to Him. There is just One Way."
Roper says he has been amazed how quickly a new Christian learns the presentation from just one hearing. Then, with a pack of ONE WAY! tracts and the learned presentation they are off and running as soul winners. "I know that they can faithfully pass on the story to others," says Roper.
Roper also reports that he was told by one of the outreach leaders at a street party that about 30 percent of the police assigned to patrol the event have become Christians. "She attributed it to the "little books," saying that we just don't know how much those tracts are doing."
Roper says that the teams make a special effort to get tracts to the police and let them know that they are praying for them. Their job is not easy, with all the violence, drunkenness and perversion in these events.
Sometimes The Front Lines Are Right At Home
Baseball fan Bill McDonald writes from St. Robert, Missouri:
In 1998 Mark McGuire & Sammy Sosa captivated baseball fans everywhere as they chased Roger Maris' season homerun record. That same year Chick Publications printed a new Gospel tract, The Slugger.
In St. Louis they thought it was about McGuire. In Chicago, about Sosa. In Kansas City they thought it was about a visiting player (sorry Robin). In each of these baseball cities, the tract proved very popular. It worked well at Shea Stadium in New York (Mets) and in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This is how it works. I take several hundred to a couple thousand copies of The Slugger. Head to the ballpark and buy the cheapest ticket (standing room only, preferably). Watch the game and put tracts at every refreshment stand, and men's room (the clandestine part).
As the top of the 9th inning starts I go to the end of the standing room only section in the top level and offer every person in each SRO section a tract - quickly - and then go outside of the stadium and wait.
When the game is over and fans are leaving I distribute tracts using lines like, "Do you like baseball? The Word of God goes home with and gets read by hundreds or thousands of fans.
The combination of the fan interest in slugging, the fan appeal of the tract The Slugger, and my personal knowledge, experience and interest in Major League Baseball makes this a very enjoyable way to share the Good News.
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