Miscellaneous/Witnessing Stories

4th of July Witnessing

Of all the times for passing out tracts and witnessing, I think the 4th of July is one of the best!

It’s one day of the year where people just sit on their lawn chairs with nothing to do all day long. Well, some people do. I don’t know about your town, but in my town of Cedar Rapids some people set up their lawn chairs ridiculously early, like, at 10am to get a good seat for the fireworks. (As if you can’t see the fireworks from anywhere else!) Anyway, as they spend the day waiting for the fireworks, this provides lots of time for them to read tracts and talk with us. πŸ™‚

Often there are kids’ activities and festive things going on. Since most are in a festive mood, they are usually open to receiving things related to the holiday.

Click here for a little 4th of July tract. It prints four per page. We usually simply say, “Happy 4th of July” or, “Here’s something about the price of liberty” as we pass them out. If you smile and are confident, people usually receive it gladly.

The text inside says:

Freedom has a price – blood. Every nation celebrates its independence and every nation has paid the same price – blood. Men have died to win that freedom.

This is a simple concept. People understand it. And nations honor their independence day for two reasons: 1) Freedom is a great thing and 2) the price was high.

There are several kinds of freedom. The one we usually think of first is political freedom. But the most important kind is spiritual freedom β€” spiritual peace with God for eternity. This freedom had the same price – blood. But because the war was of a different nature and there was a different enemy, the blood required to pay our penalty was that of the Son of God Himself. And He willingly shed His blood for us. God placed Himself in a body that could die so that He might take our place and die for our sin. We can now be saved from eternal death by honoring Jesus Christ, the one who paid the price, by trusting by faith what He did for us. Let it be true that β€œIn God We Trust”. Not just for earthly blessings, needs, and wisdom, but first of all for forgiveness and eternal life. www.JustStopAndThink.com

(And there are several verses on the back.)

I wanted to post this now to get “wheels turning” as you all make plans for the 4th. If any of you have additional ideas to share for outreach activities on the 4th, I’d like to hear them!

We will actually be in Wisconsin over the 4th of July becasue of a Bright Lights Conference there that week, so we will have opprortunity to do some outreach in a different area which will be fun.


  1. That is so awesome! What a great opportunity to witness and give out tracts. People don’t gather for fireworks here (I know strange right), but I think they will have street festivals going on that weekend. I think our church will be going down there. I pray for God to open the hearts and minds of people. πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful day! xxxx~Kelsey

  2. Thanks so much for the tracts. I will definitely use them. I live in Nebraska’s 4th of Jusly city, so I will have plenty of oppurtunities, as TONS of people come through our normally quiet town! Thanks again.


  3. Thanks for the tracts! Ha ha! We are going to a 4th of July event tomorrow and I was debating about handing out tracts or not! Oh my! When, I got on and saw the tracts I figured that was pretty evident fromt the Lord that I should! πŸ™‚
    Have a blessed day!
    πŸ™‚ Haley πŸ™‚

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