How Pastor Reuben Uses our Tracts
From photos and a report from his report, we would like to illustrate how Pastor Reuben uses our tracts to print and publish them for his local area. [We are leaving out his last name and location for his protection].
This pastor first visited our website in early October 2012, and wrote to inquire about getting some tracts for distribution to his local people. We replied that we are a small tract ministry in western Canada, but unable to afford the high postage costs to mail tracts overseas. Therefore, we have placed our tracts on our website in our Tracts Section and offer them copyright-free to those who wish to use them for their own ministry. You may translate them into your language first too.
Sometimes people have trouble understanding how they may download and print our tracts as their own, so when Pastor Reuben sent photos to show how he and his ministry people went about it, we were glad and asked permission to put them up as a photo story to illustrate the steps to take, so others may learn from them.
Grateful to be allowed to translate our tracts, Pastor Reuben chose a booklet called, "Someone is Calling You" and then set about printing 500 copies to distribute in their country to those who do not know Jesus Christ yet. They took photos at each stage to share with us. (He also invited us to come share the good news and see just how they serve in Myanmar).
Unfortunately, we have no photos of the downloading and translating steps. But here are some of the printing, collating and distribution.
Here the translated tract pages come off the printer! You will notice that they used full sheets and didn't try to use coloured graphics, as that would make the printing more expensive.
The pages kept coming out of the printer. With a good, efficient office, or even a home printer, your costs may be just pennies per tract.
Your printer may not be the latest or most deluxe model, so steps like the collating and folding stages may have to be done by volunteers such as these which helped Pastor Reuben.
Using volunteers is another cost-saving measure.
Pastor Reuben understands that simplicity is key.
If you think your tracts must be printed in full-colour and bound as booklets you will have much more expense. Your funds for tracts will go further if you make it your goal to have - simple text - in the most economical format - on the plainest paper you can get.
Pastor Reuben is now ready! He gets on his motorbike with a backpack full of tracts, ready to distribute them from house to house in his area. He reached about 74 homes.
As a result of Pastor Reuben's first distribution, this older gentleman showed up at the church. He was not a believer yet at the time of this photo, but Pastor Reuben was happy to explain the gospel further to him. The man was about to enter into the Kingdom of God, but he was afraid of what his three sons who are in the army would do.
The man asked, "If I worship your Lord, my sons may kill me. At that time could you protect me from my sons?"
Pastor Reuben answered, "My Lord would protect you." But the old man seemed to grow lukewarm to Christ, and went away. Some weeks later, the old man returned, ready to repent and trust the Lord for both his salvation and for his safe-keeping.
You too, may do tract evangelism on a shoestring budget if you have a computer to download the tracts, and then to print them as simply and cheaply as you can. This will open many opportunities to speak with individuals about Christ. There is no guarantee they will all choose to accept Him as their Saviour, but at least you have done your part to share the gospel with them.
See these pages for more instructions;
[Note: Pastor Reuben has now sent photos of a campaign to spread the gospel in a local prison, using the tracts he printed. Go to this page to see his photos].