A small group of men are proving that it doesn't take a big organization to make
a big impact with the gospel. When the Olympic games came to Atlanta, Georgia,
several men from local churches in the southeast saw an opportunity to quickly
get a gospel witness to several hundred thousand people from every corner of
Using volunteers from their churches, they positioned teams with gospel tracts
in all the major languages at the main entrances to the games. Very few of the
visitors and athletes could refuse the literature when they saw that it was in
their native tongues.
Every gospel tract had a response card in it so the reader could indicate an
interest in more information. For many months afterward, correspondence
courses were being sent out along with Bibles and other literature.
The outreach was so successful, that the men decided to form a team and blitz other
Olympic games and large gatherings. One of the next projects was the Asian
Olympics in Bangkok, Thailand in December, 1998. They ordered 250,000 assorted
tracts in the Thai language and other oriental languages.
The literature was printed and shipped and team members were scheduled to rotate
from the U.S. and join with local church members and missionaries. The project
was bathed in prayer because there is never any guarantee that the tracts will
be allowed into the country or the teams permitted to distribute them to the
After a cliff-hanger at customs, the tracts were cleared on time and the teams
prepared to hand them out. When they inquired what the rules were concerning
literature distribution, the Olympic officials gave them different answers and
it soon appeared there was no standard policy.
So, the teams simply went to the Olympic village gates and began distribution.
At some, they were stopped by the guards. But at the main gate, the guards at
first seemed oblivious to their presence. Then, they began to ask for copies of
the tracts for themselves.
In just a few days, most of the tracts had been given out. Some of the visitors
and athletes sat down immediately and filled out the response cards asking how
soon they would get more literature. Other response cards began to show up in
the mail box and the harvest began. But it will continue for years to come
because many of those paper missionaries will be read and passed on to perhaps
hundreds of readers.