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When you think about sharing the good news with others, does your mouth grow dry? Are there butterflies in your stomach? No matter who you share the gospel with, adult or child, you want them to love and embrace the good news. We can’t let fear or rejection get in the way. After all, God said we are all meant to share the good news.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 ESV
Many of us get intimidated because we don’t feel like we can clearly explain the good news in a way that will engage and draw people in. When you add kids to the mix, that changes the game even more. You want to hold their attention and present the message in understandable terms.
A Fun Way to Share the Good News with Children: Child-Specific Tracts
Why Tracts Work Well for Kids
When I hear the word “tract,” I immediate think of wadding something up and throwing it in the garbage–and I’m a Christian! I can only imagine what non-believers think. We have a special opportunity with children, however. Think of their excitement when they get a Happy Meal toy. The toys aren’t great quality and may not even seem entertaining to an adult. The kids just love to get something. What if you could channel that excitement into something that could bring the good news to children? You can!
I’m not talking about your average run-of-the-mill tract. I’m talking about something that looks enticing and engages the child. This is something that will draw the children in–something that won’t be immediately discarded.
The John 3:16 Animated Tract
Fortunately, there are some very engaging tracts for children. One of my favorite tracts for kids is the John 3:16 Animated tract. It clearly lays out the Bible verse, little by little, with fun moving images. All the children have to do is slide the lens left to right to watch the image move. My kids can be a tough crowd, but they looked at the John 3:16 Animated Tract for a long time, turning every single page over and over.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV
One of my favorite things about this tract is that it is so visually stimulating that children of all ages can understand the good news presented. The images clearly depict the gospel message using no words at all. In fact, the youngest children I gave them to, preschoolers who are not reading yet, looked at the tract the longest!
A bonus for you is the instruction sheet that is included. Since many people have known this verse for so long, it may be hard to pick it apart and find much to discuss. The sheet gives in-depth discussion ideas that will help children consider what the good news means to them personally.
More Creative Children’s Tracts that are Fun to Share
I highly recommend checking out this and other tracts made by Let the Little Children Come. They not only have this fun animated tract, but also pop-up tracts, sticker tracts, paracord salvation bracelets, box tracts for small gifts, and lots more! These are so easy and fun that your children will be excited to share these with their friends–and keep one for themselves too!
God Will Do the Rest
However you choose to present the good news, just say a prayer and go for it! Know that it is your job, and your privilege, to share the good news. As long as you are following the Holy Spirit in obedience, God is going to do the rest. You may see results today, tomorrow, or perhaps not even on this side of Heaven. The results are not ours to worry about. Leave it up to God. He will work on the heart.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV
What is your favorite way to share the good news with children?