Would You Like Something to Read?

When I did the Bible ministry with incarcerated youth, I’d often notice as I was leaving for home,  a woman sitting in the waiting room alone.  She would be waiting to pick up a son or daughter scheduled to be released. Typically there was nothing to read and she would sit quietly and wait.

I would be friendly and ask, “Are you waiting to pick up someone?”

The typical answer was “Yes.”

“Would you like something to read while you wait?”  I’d show her my tracts in both English and Spanish and say, “They’re about Jesus.”

She’d usually pick one or two—no one ever refused!

Recently I had my car serviced and I met a nice man in the waiting room. We chatted for awhile and when my car was ready, I asked him if he’d like something to read while he continued to wait.

“Sure!  What do you have?”

I pulled out some tracts.

He glanced at them and said, “Do you love Jesus?”

I smiled, “I do!”

He said, “So do I!  I’m a pastor!”

I stayed a little longer and he told me about his church.  Then he said something that humbled me:   “You’re doing what I, as a pastor, should be doing as well.  Thank you for setting an example.”

  • This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.    1 Timothy 2:3-4
  • Some of the most popular tracts I’ve used:
    • https://www.chick.com/products/tract?stk=1&ue=d
    • https://mwtb.org/collections/gospel-tracts/products/7-things-you-need-to-know?variant=2201237057
  • ONLY ONE LIFELyrics by C.T. Studd; Music by Kathleen
This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Would You Like Something to Read?

  1. Lynn R. says:

    I have tracts and don’t even use them! What a great message of encouragement to all of us!

  2. Liana says:

    A beautiful story interlaced with Love.

  3. fking1371 says:

    Kathleen, it’s so important that we stay properly focused on the big picture–as you do so well. We are all to be ambassadors for Christ. But as Jesus said during His day, the harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few. We desperately need to be more zealous about sharing Christ with the lost.

    • Kathleen says:

      I agree, it’s important to keep focused on the big picture. Nevertheless, I find myself missing opportunities and falling short more than I would like.

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