Our beloved brother, Jack Chick, is now with the Lord. He was 92.
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From early childhood, it was obvious that Jack Chick had an
ability to draw. He even failed the first grade because he was
so busy drawing airplanes in battle. As he grew, Jack was
constantly drawing, and honing skills that God would later use
in a great way.
While in high school, none of the Christians would have anything
to do with him because of his bad language. They all agreed not
to witness to him, convinced that he was the last guy on earth
who would ever accept Jesus Christ.
After graduation from High School, Jack won a scholarship to the
Pasadena Playhouse to study acting, but his studies were
interrupted by the military. He spent the next three years in the
Army, which took him to foreign countries like New Guinea,
Australia, the Philippines and Japan.
After being discharged from the service, Jack returned to the
Playhouse, where he met and married his wife, Lynn, who was
instrumental in his salvation. While visiting Lynn's parents in
Canada on their honeymoon, Jack's mother-in-law insisted that he
sit and listen to Charles E. Fuller's Old Fashioned Revival Hour
radio program. Jack recalls, "God was already working on my
heart, but when Fuller said the words, "Though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow," I fell on my knees and
my life was changed forever."
Once married, Jack used his artistic talents to earn a living.
He had always longed to be a professional cartoonist, but now
as a Christian, he desired to use his artistic talents for the
While working at AstroScience Corporation in El Monte,
California, Jack was sitting in his car reading a copy of Power
From On High by Charles Finney, which an old welder had given him.
He remembers, "That book pushed my button. I went to church and
saw all the deadness and hypocrisy, and I thought, 'that's why
there's no revival.' So I started making these little sketches.
My burden was so heavy to wake Christians up to pray for revival."
He couldn't find a publisher who was willing to print his book,
so Jack borrowed $800 from the credit union and paid for the
first printing of Why No Revival?
Right after the book was printed, he was driving down the road,
when his eyes were drawn to a group of teens on the sidewalk.
Jack remembers, "At the time, I didn't like teenagers or their rebellion. But,
all of a sudden, the power of God hit me and my heart broke and I
was overcome with the realization that these teens were probably
on their way to hell. With tears pouring down my face, I pulled my
car off the road and wrote as fast as I could, as God poured the
story into my mind."
Within 15 minutes, A Demon's Nightmare was written. After going home
and drawing the art, Jack Chick's very first soul winning gospel
tract was completed. God miraculously used the owner of the company
Jack worked for to pay for the first printing of this new soul winning
One day, Bob Hammond, missionary broadcaster of The Voice of China
and Asia, told Jack that multitudes of Chinese people had been won
to Communism through mass distribution of cartoon booklets. Jack
felt that God was leading him to use the same technique to win
multitudes to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Not long after, he was invited to present the gospel to a group
of inmates at a prison near his home. He drew several pieces of
cartoon art and prepared a flip chart to illustrate what he was
saying. At the conclusion of his message, nine of the eleven
inmates present trusted Christ as their Saviour. Jack became
convinced that God had given him a method of reaching people with
the gospel that worked. That art was later put into booklet form
and became the tract This Was Your Life!
Using his kitchen table as an office and art studio, Jack
continued writing new tracts, as God gave them to him. Throughout
the rough early years, he persevered as many bookstores were
reluctant to accept this revolutionary concept. Jack recalls, "We
were having a tough time out there. A lot of the bookstores were
really outraged at some guy using these cartoons to present the
gospel. They thought it was sacrilegious."
But demand for the tracts increased, and Chick Publications was
formed as a self-supporting ministry. The Lord assembled a dedicated
staff and the work grew. Soon, people began wanting Chick tracts in
other languages, and the ministry became international in scope.
For over fifty years, the work has flourished. Jack Chick has
written and published hundreds of illustrated gospel tracts in
close to one hundred different languages. Copies of Chick tracts
were even requested by the Smithsonian Institute for a display on
American culture. Hundreds of millions of copies have
been read world-wide.
Proof of the effectiveness of Chick tracts is the fact that
testimonies continue to pour in from around the world. Many
current testimonies cover two or even three generations. People
recount how Chick tracts were instrumental in their salvation
thirty years ago, then in their children's salvation and now in
the salvation of their grandchildren.
Partially because of Jack's travels overseas while in the military,
he has always had a special burden for missions and missionaries.
The sights he saw in New Guinea and other countries left an
indelible mark in his brain. He thrills each time a new tract is
translated into a foreign language. His burden has always been to
get the gospel into the hands of millions of lost people around
the world. He wanted to be a missionary himself, but his new wife
wanted no part of missionary life. Her aunt had been a missionary
in Africa. While pregnant, she was being carried across a river
on a stretcher, when one of those carrying her lost a leg to an
But God had other plans. He wanted Jack to stay home and produce
effective gospel literature that missionaries could use to win the
lost. As a result, many missionaries love Chick tracts and use
them to reach multitudes they could never reach one on one.
Today, over fifty years after writing his first tract, God is
still giving Jack Chick new gospel tracts. In fact, he is now
producing some of his most popular work. As of this writing,
five of the ten most popular Chick tracts in stock have been
written in the last year or two.
Today, Jack labors without the love and support of his wife,
Lynn. On February 10, 1998, his love of 50 years went home to be
with the Lord.
A pastor who recently called us summed up the life and ministry
of Jack Chick quite well. He said, "The thing I appreciate most
about Jack Chick is that thirty years ago when I read my first
Chick tract, it was a pure soul winning tract, presenting the
gospel in a simple format that anyone could understand. Today,
thirty years later, he hasn't changed a bit. While many other
Christian leaders have left soul winning far behind, Jack Chick
is still faithfully producing easy-to-understand soul winning
gospel tracts with a salvation message that anyone can
understand. He has never swerved or strayed from his calling to
share the gospel with the lost multitudes around the world."