SANDRA DAWSON, an 18-year-old promising stage actress left a party in Greenwich Village , New York , bent on ending it all in the Hudson River . Narcotics had burned out her mind and left her soul "an empty shell."
On her way to the river she had to push through a group of Christians. As she continued on to her determined end, she looked down to see in her hand a piece of paper, which she had unconsciously accepted from one of them. She hung onto it only because she did not want to leave any litter behind in her desire to make her exit from life as antiseptically clean as possible. While she was standing on the edge of the river, she looked down at that paper in her hand. The letters in the title stood out like stoplights, pleading with her to think twice.
Sandra was jolted by the message that should come in exactly that fashion at that particular time. She read the tract. It was a simple reminder that God is willing to restore a life, any life, broken by the hammer of sin. It was too much to resist. She ran back to find the man who had given her the tract. She couldn't. Hours later in a bowery mission, an old man led her to Christ.
"One piece of paper between me and total hell," Sandra said later, still mystified by what had happened. "I'd say that's the longest reach anybody ever made for me."
George Muller, himself saved through a tract, prayed for tract distribution every day for more than forty years. He said, "On every tract we give we should ask God's blessing that it may touch the heart of the one who reads it."
A young physician picked up a tract on missions. The Spirit worked while he read. As a result he and his wife went to India as missionaries. Their nine children all became missionaries, too. So the Scudders gave 600 years of combined missionary service to India .
The son of a chief of Burdwain was converted. He took a basketful of tracts and with much difficulty preached the gospel at his home, and he was the means by which hundreds were converted to God. He was a man of influence. People flocked to hear him. In one year about 1500 natives were converted and baptized as a result of his conversion - all through one tract that cost one cent.
"SO SHALL MY WORD BE THAT GOETH FORTH OUT OF MY MOUTH:
IT SHALL NOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID,
BUT IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE,
AND IT SHALL PROSPER IN THE THING WHERETO I SENT IT."