(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.
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.
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.”
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:
“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.”
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