"Chick tracts are an absolute must, on an hour-by-hour basis,
to reach the bustling masses of Chinese souls we encounter.
No one can expect to impact such a place unless tracts are in
their hand every step of the way!" says missionary Pat Caspary.
"We know we can't stop to talk with every individual, in
throngs of hopeless people, so we put tracts everywhere we
go and pray that God gives the increase." Caspary is one
of a growing list of missionaries around the world who are
able to use Chick tracts because someone at home began to
share the burden. As the Chick list of foreign translations
grows, some remote corners of the globe are being reached.
Missionary to Thailand Steve Kavli, who receives Chick tracts
from Todd Roper, a layman who understands a missionaries need
for tracts, says, "In a culture that knows nothing about Jesus
Christ, tracts serve several purposes. First they are tools to
be used to expose people to the Gospel for the first time.
"Secondly, they are useful to leave with a person after they
have had a verbal presentation of the Gospel. Without tracts
the missionaries' task would be more difficult. Many times
people will immediately stop what they are doing and read the
"The sources of tracts in Thailand are limited. Chick tracts
have been able to fill the gap in providing appealing tracts
to spread the Gospel. Several years ago I was working with a
small group of Christians in a rural village. As we were
singing some songs, a truck of workers came in from the fields.
"A man got off the truck, came over and wanted to know more.
He told me that some years before he had received a tract that
said that there was a God. He wanted to know if that was true.
When we told him so, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Personal
Savior. He was prepared to accept Christ because he had read
From the "bustling masses" of Hong Kong to remote rural villages,
missionaries relate the same stories. Caspary continues: "We
have literally seen people come running from all directions
to get ahold of these tracts. We have seen bus-loads of
citizens receive tracts readily. We put tracts into a sandwich
bag with a toy or candy and have seen people who will paddle
against the current to get these little treasures when we are
on a boat passing them out."
Missionary to Brazil, Danny Callis recently worked with 175 people
passing out 140,000 tracts during a Brazilian Baptist
Convention in Salvador.
One man touched by these tracts had taken his wife and kids to
the bus station and was returning to his home to commit suicide
when he found a tract on the ground. On the back of the tract
was a phone number. The man called and did not commit suicide.
Also a night guard found a tract at work and read the tract
three times. He, too, called the phone number and confessed
that he never knew that God loved him so much.
A Christian worker in Guatemala using Esta Fue Tu Vida, had
a remarkable experience. A man read the tract and said,
"You have just shown me my life." He began to tremble and
he fell to his knees, repented and gave his life to Christ.
He confessed he was a guerrilla and had planned to kill some
people that night.
Missionary to Africa, Al Anderson, tells us that, "The literacy
rate in Africa is growing rapidly and we are behind in providing
good literature in winning people to Christ.
"The cults are getting into the act. The Mormons and Jehovah's
Witnesses are using this medium to great advantage. Those of
us who are trying to preach Christ are falling behind in the
use of literature."
Tracts that people receive in their own language are vital
tools in a missionary's hands. Tracts go home with people.
They are read and re-read, shared with friends and family.
Sometimes whole villages or towns are effected by their message.
Are there missionaries supported by your church whose
effectiveness could be lengthened by Chick tracts?
Chick Publications will gladly supply free samples for
your missionary to review.