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!
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.