For many years, I shunned the participation in the age old tradition of “trick-or-treating”.
The fact that it emerged from heathenism, I didn’t feel it was right to encourage the practice. However, about thirty years ago, the Lord prompted me to turn the darkness into “Light” by using the opportunity to share the Gospel (Good News) of the Lord Jesus Christ.
At first, I made Bible Verse cards on business card stock. I made goodie bags and included a card in each bag. Later, I learned that I could order Halloween, Harvest and “Kid” tracts from the American Tract Society and thus began a wonderful tradition.
One year, when I was providing child care in my home, teaching Sunday School and speaking in Awana, we had 92 children receive a Gospel goodie bag! That was an expensive year as I place at least three good candies in the bag with the tract.
We have had parents and children come to our door after Halloween, thanking us for the tract and expressing their delight. As time went by, children who knew us and traditionally visited our home on Farm Road each year began to grow up. Teenagers stopped by knowing that they would receive a bag too. Over the past ten years, we have given out less than fifty. This year, we had only thirty-four tracts for children. We have had about a dozen adorable visitors so far. Not bad since this is only our second year in this neighborhood.
Praying for each child and their parents to read the Gospel tract and that some will receive Christ as their Savior. We can shun events we do not approve of or we can turn it into blessing. John and I choose to share Christ tonight. How about you?
Oh, we couldn’t resist giving out my bookmarks and business cards to older girls and to Moms who love to read. Shameless advertising. The children are the most important tonight. May God bless each one tonight.
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I love this idea, Kathy! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Reblogged this on Katherine H. Purdy and commented:
This year, I have prepared 75 Gospel bags to give away. Praying children will come! I also prepared half a dozen bags just for “little ones”. Instead of putting treats for toddlers in zip lock bags, this year I opted for brightly colored mesh draw string bags. Wouldn’t want to put a toddler at risk with plastic.