The challenge is to …
In 800 words or so, write down or type your testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you. Write it in a way that it can be used as a personal gospel tract to give to others.
What will I need to complete this challenge?
- King James Bible for writing out some verses or scripture references on your tract.
- Computer or pen and paper.
- A4/A5 card (different coloured card is nice!).
- Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.
How much time should I allocate?
Spend as much time as you can during the week writing, editing, and re-editing your testimony, and then producing your printed or photocopied tract.
How difficult is this challenge?
No doubt we all have wonderful personal testimonies that could fill many, many pages, so editing it down to 800 or so words will be quite challenging, but certainly can be done. Try to either pick out some key milestones in your life and present them as bulleted highlights for example, or perhaps concentrate on just one aspect of your life that the Lord dealt with that ultimately brought you to salvation. Write it all first, then edit, then read, then edit, then read, and so on – you WILL get to the 800 words eventually.
What other advice do you have for me?
- Try to keep your wording as simple as possible, avoiding long, fancy, technical words and terms.
- Write from the heart – don’t try to impress people, just be yourself, put down the truth, and be REAL!
- Only get as personal as you want to be and are comfortable with – don’t forget that the aim is to not only hand out this personal testimony tract to your friends and family, but also to the general public as well.
- Don’t mention people’s names in your tract – instead, just put initials e.g. John Brown becomes just J.B., or refer to the person as “someone I knew” or “a person let me down”, and so on.
- Use a one-liner title that describes what the Lord did for you or what He saved you from – try and make it catchy if you can.
- Use a different font for the title, but not one that’s too ‘childish’ or ‘funny’ looking; use a font style that matches the main theme of the tract.
- Don’t print black text on white card as people with dyslexia can have trouble reading black on white – black text on coloured card (even slight pastel colour) is fine. If you DO want to use white card, then make your black text a dark grey colour instead, or a different colour altogether.
If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.