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I remember that it was a cold, rainy evening in 1975. My husband Marcelo was working swing shift, and I needed to get something from the grocery store.

The rain was still pouring when I finished shopping, and as I was running to the car, I stepped in a puddle. Lying in the puddle was a cartoon booklet. I picked it up and took it home.

The booklet dried overnight, and the next morning, I read it. It was a Christian tract entitled, This Was Your Life, a very effective witnessing tool. Though I did not get saved after reading the tract, it definitely created within me a hunger and thirst to learn more about God and His plan of salvation.

1 Corinthians 3:6 – I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. (NKJV)

After my salvation four years later, I joined the publisher's tract club and purchased 100 tracts each month. I would then drive to various neighbourhoods and walk around distributing a tract to each home. I would knock and if someone answered the door, I would introduce myself and ask if I could leave the booklet with them. Most of the time, no one answered, so I would simply leave the tract fastened to their doorknob with an elastic band. I did this for a year and loved it! When I ran out of tracts and was headed back home, I was always saddened that I would have to wait until I could afford to purchase more tracts the following month, and that there was such a vast number of homes where I was not able to leave a tract. I rejoiced when I recently re-read the tract online from cover to cover, and it felt like the Spirit reminded me that more souls than I could imagine would be drawn to Christ because of the link to that tract.

When we witness to others about our personal salvation experience with Jesus Christ and share Scriptures on how they, too, can be saved and forgiven of their sins, whoever we are witnessing to may or may not choose at that particular time to receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour, but we can rest knowing that we have planted a seed.

We should also be prepared for hostility and rejection when we witness. Jesus said, "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18 NKJV)

Having a part in seeing others come to know Jesus as their personal Saviour is an inexplicable joy! How exciting it is for us to know that even today, we might have a new opportunity to witness!

Prayer: Father God, we, Your children, thank You for allowing us to be used as witnesses of Your wonderful, amazing grace here on earth. Amen.

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Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah) <>
Casa Grande, Arizona, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    I remember that tract and the “tract” days.

    Thank you, Cheryl for sharing your story with many.

    Thank you for sharing another encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    What a beautiful testament to faith, may many more be blessed by your faithfulness!

    Good morning,
    Thank you for this timely message.
    God bless.

    Amen Cheryl. I used to do this too many years ago, but l did it with a team of others through our congregation. It was a very rewarding ministry.
    Thanks for writing and sharing.

    Good morning, Cheryl,
    You are a true disciple of Jesus. Thank you for your message today and for spreading the word about Jesus.

    I love that God led you to bend over, pick up a rain soaked soggy tract, bring it home and let it dry out, read it, and that awakened your curiosity in the good news of God’s amazing love for you! Thanks for reminding us of the power of the word of God.

    Thank you Cheremiah for your very encouraging words in your devotional today. You are doing very good works in purchasing those tracks and distributing the “good word” to a great number of citizens around you.
    Blessings and much gratitude for your desire and enthusiasm in spreading the word of Jesus.

    Cheryl, you definitely have the gift of evangelism! You are blessing others with your ministry.


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