by Hope Wingo
My tract ministry began in November of 2015, and yes, I’m ashamed to admit that it took me 59 years to actually become a “doer” of the Word. If I remember correctly, it was a YouTube message by Pastor J.D. Farag that caused me to finally get up and do something. Over the course of one weekend, the reality that these really are the last days burned in my spirit, and I realized that if I was going to do anything for the Lord in this lifetime, I had to start right then. So began my tract ministry.
I started off with very a very simple tract that included the basic plan of salvation, but over the course of about six months*, I edited it many times until I was satisfied that it portrayed a full picture of the Gospel. I wanted God’s Word to dominate the message, not only in explaining humanity’s need for salvation, but also in warning that the remaining time to repent and escape God’s wrath is limited. I would hand out a few tracts, edit the page, then hand out a few more. This process was repeated many times until I finally settled on the current version.
From the very beginning, I realized a God-given boldness that I had never known before; a boldness to walk up to people without fearing what I should say. The first few times were a little awkward because I’d hand someone a tract, then I’d turn and dodge behind the nearest vehicle. Thankfully, those initial jitters did not last long.
The thing that inspires me the most to keep doing what I’m doing is the realization that the laborers really are so few. I’m an eye-witness to that. After months of walking around parking lots, I still have never run into another Christian out doing the same thing. Never. In fact, I’ve gotten many comments from people who tell me that they assumed I was Jehovah’s Witness. My response is always the same… “I know you did! That’s because THEY are out doing what the Lord told US to do!”
Another motivating thought is that God’s last-hour field workers (Matthew 20:1-16) will receive the same eternal reward as His life-long workers. If I understand the parable correctly, it’s doing His work that counts; not how long we’ve done it. That’s pure, biblical motivation to do something for Jesus, and at the end of this life I fully intend to stand in line for that paycheck!
This simple tract ministry has taught me that God will not ask me to do anything that I am not capable of doing. He gave me the tools (in my case, courage) to do this job. His Word alone will accomplish the rest. I’m just the messenger; and if I’ve given the correct information (which I truly believe I have), God will use it. It’s His field, not mine.
What an honor it is to serve Him!
John 4:35-36 – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Matthew 9:37-38 – Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
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* Truth be told, final changes were made in May 2017 so changes were actually made over the course of 18 months.