Daddy’s Dollar Dare


(This is Part 2 of The Golden Compass tract adventure. To read Part 1, click here.)

We had 50,000 of The Golden Compass Gospel tracts to hand out before that awful bomb of a movie disappeared completely. What could I do? I had no choice but to bring out the secret weapons: my 6 and 8-year-old daughters. “I’ll give you each a dollar for every hundred tracts you hand out,” I said to bribe encourage them.

You will not believe what happened next…

We hit the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica with a vengeance, getting our best results in the indoor mall. We devised the perfect plan: my 6-year-old Laurel and 8-year-old D.D. would stand at the top of an escalator.
null Who could resist these two sweet little girls wishing shoppers “Merry Christmas!” while placing Gospel tracts that held the words of eternal life into their hands?

They would wait patiently for their “prey.”

Then whip a tract right into the unsuspecting mall-zombie’s hand.

One right after the other.
null Every now and then a Security guard would walk by and I’d say “Stop!” The girls would stop. “Okay. Good job. All clear.” They would start back up again.

100… 200… 300… 400… tracts they handed out! It was unbelievable how hard these girls worked!

Every tract given was a potential soul saved, that was the motivation behind using my secret weapons nick-named, The Little Badger (D.D.) and Little Beaver (Laurel Ann).

One lady huffily ran up to me and handed a tract back. “You should be ashamed of yourself, having your little girls doing this!” She turned on her heels and stalked away before I could ask her what she meant.

A man shoved his tract back at me and said, “Jesus would not be proud of this. It is an abomination to the Lord.” When I asked him what he meant, he scowled saying, “I don’t want to get into it. This is an abomination to the Lord.” I tried asking him again what he meant only to get the same reply: “I don’t want to get into it.”

null I’m positive they read the message on the back that declares that if they have broken one of God’s 10 Commandments, if they have ever lied or stolen, or used His name in vain—even once— then they would be found guilty of being lying thieves and blasphemers, and on Judgment Day would end up in Hell. I’ll bet they never bothered to read the rest of the tract that speaks of God’s love for them, a sacrificial love that cost Jesus His life. If only they would repent and put their trust in Him, they could be forgiven.

My daughters are learning the importance of sharing the Gospel using Gospel tracts: to save souls from Hell! Oh that more children would learn the importance of sharing their precious faith. But how can they when their parent’s are too afraid—or too distracted, or too ashamed to do it?

R. A. Torrey (1856-1928) said this:
null “Any person can do it. We cannot all preach; we cannot all conduct meetings; but we can all select useful tracts and then hand them out to others. Of course some of us can do it better than others. Even a blind man or a dumb man can do tract work. It is a line of work in which every man, woman and child can engage.”

null They each earned $6.00 that day by handing out over 1,000 Gospel tracts. Sure, their motivation was primarily to earn a little extra cash; but it is my hope that in the future they will do it for the love of God and people.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.—Proverbs 22:6


  1. Way to GO, D.D. (Little Badger) and Laurel Ann (Little Beaver)! You both did a GREAT job!!!

  2. How wonderful to see children in action for the gospel of Christ! It does my heart good! Very encouraging! Oh how I wish……

    Back in 1990, nine years before the Lord graciously arrested me, I willingly divorced myself from a loving wife and 3 beautiful young daughters for the most selfish of selfish reasons (check #7 on the commandment scale). Nothing to be proud about there.

    Today, of course, my girls are grown up. All past hurts forgiven and I have a wonderful relationship with them on all levels. Except one: God saved me and I became a Christian. This is one “phase” they had hoped would fade away as others did, oh, but it will not! And it NEVER will!

    That is not to say they are not happy for me. “That’s nice for YOU, Dad”, they say. The point is they see me trying to backpeddle in my attempts to help them see their own need for Christ, something I could only wish I could have done in their younger years. But I was not a Christian back then and I had a life of sin to tend to (with devastating consequences).

    The seeds have been planted. My daily prayer today is for their salvation and my trust is always in the Lord for His sovereign purpose. If they are His sheep, they WILL hear His voice calling one day and they’ll turn and run with all their might into the loving arms of their rescuing Shepherd, even as I did.

    So, Christian parents: DO EVERYTHING NOW in bringing your children up in the knowledge of the Lord and all His goodness. Don’t let this pass by. You have a duty, a responsibility, a charge….a command from the Lord. Ignore what the world might think or say. You owe it to your own flesh and blood first!

    “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hears. IMPRESS THEM ON YOUR CHILDREN. Talk to them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut 6:5-7)

  3. That’s quite a testimony Paul. Rest assured in God’s promise that He will restore the years the locusts have eaten!

    And refer this post to your daughters. Ask for their reaction toward this crazy guy and his daughters from Calif.

  4. I would if I could but I can’t. Not that I won’t ‘cuz I will. Just not now. Long story. In the meantime there is an ongoing blend of prayer, patience, trust (and strategy) going on as we speak.

    Thanks Steve and good on you for your dedication in not only instructing your kids in the gospel from the getgo, but involving them, too, in the spreading of it. May the Lord bless you and your children for the glory you bring to His name in this work.

  5. Well that beats all, imagine kids giving adults money!
    Wouldn’t that be great in real life?

  6. Wow, I’m already feeling the flack from some Christians
    about passing out tracts, and they sure are not happy we
    are using the 10 commendments either.

    I was on line on a Christian discussion board, and a Christian(?)
    was assuming that if you ask a non-believer if they lied or stole
    anything I was hurting them!

    I patiently explained, and to no avail. Another joined in and the
    more I defended the truth of what was really happening, the more
    they felt I was against them. It got rediculous, They were imagining
    I was insulting them. Yikes!

    This too is a lesson we have to learn, sometimes Christians
    re misguided by pride. You see that all along in Church history

    Thank God, litterally, that He is incharge of the church,
    and not some all powerful human organization!

    I’ll see what they have to say tomorrow,
    I’m learning so much lately, Thank you God!

  7. I am happy to hear of your turnabout Paul! I am praying for you. But I have to say, what did you take from your wife to make her divorce you? I am praying for her as well. She REALLY needs it.

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