Me and My Tract Ministry

July 15, 2018

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 sparked me to get up and do something.

Over the course of a 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 during this lifetime, I needed to start right then.

So began my tract ministry.

I started off with a very simple message that included the basic plan of salvation, then I continued to edit the original until it portrayed a more complete picture of the Gospel.  I would hand out a few copies, 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.  Even so, I’ll admit that the first few times were a little awkward.  I’d hand out a tract, then turn and dodge behind the nearest vehicle.  Thankfully, those initial jitters did not last long.

Jesus’ parable of Matthew 20:1-16 makes it clear that even those who are called at the very last hour will receive a reward, so even in my weakness, that was pure motivation to do something for Him!

Looking back, I believe that the “burning” in my spirit was a calling, and when I faced my fears, answered that call, and became a “doer” of the Word, my devotion to God deepened in ways that I could not have imagined.

What an honor it is to serve the Lord, with or without the promise of that eternal reward!

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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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