Like most local churches, Calvary Baptist Church of St. Paul, Virginia puts
most of its efforts into reaching its own community. However, twice a year,
the church goes beyond its "Judea" to put the gospel in every home in a 7-county
For several Wednesdays, a team of church members gather at the church and stuff
over 100,000 envelopes with an assortment of literature including Chick tracts.
The mailing is coordinated with each post office so that every home on each mail
route receives one of the envelopes.
Printed on the back cover of each Chick tract is information about the church so
that anyone can receive further help if desired. They admit that the response
has not been large, but that is not their goal. They realize that, in this
wholesale sowing of seed, much of it will fall by the wayside.
"Our pastor is orientated to getting the gospel out," says church member Joseph
Slemp, who coordinates the effort. "We will only know in eternity how many
people may have gotten saved or helped from some of the tracts. We just put the
gospel out there and what they do with it is between them and the Lord Jesus.
If one precious soul gets rescued from the burning hell, that makes it
worthwhile." Slemp adds.
This twice-a-year effort is part of the church's outreach which includes
support for 15 missionaries. They also have a big tract rack in the
vestibule of the church mostly filled with Chick tracts.
"They are for the church members to use for their own ministry. We even mail
tracts to people that live far away if they ask for them," says Slemp. They
like the convenience of having their church message already printed on the
back of the tracts. And because Chick tracts get read, they know that their
effort is not in vain.
"We are to put the Word out there until they get hold of it. The Holy Ghost
will do the convicting if we will just do what we are supposed to do," says