The Vietcong were closing in. He was trapped and thought he was about to die. In desperation, he cried out to God. Then it happened…
When he landed in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam in 1968, 18-year-old Paul Tribus was a machine gunner with the 26th Marines. He remembers his first day like it was yesterday.
“I was literally scared to death thinking I’m going to die. When I saw the first man killed, I knew I would never forget it.”
The first night we were hit pretty hard, and I thought, ‘if I have to go through 394 more days of this, I will never make it.'”
During his first 30 days in Vietnam, his squad was involved in firefights three to four times a day.
In the midst of all the chaos and tragedy, something happened to Tribus. It all started with a tract named HOLY JOE.
“I remember sitting by some sandbags or some duffel bags waiting for a truck to pick me up and all of a sudden I looked down and this HOLY JOE tract was there, so I picked it up, read it. It was a testimony and it explained the plan of salvation. I never heard of salvation before.
“I think it was about 2 or 3 days later when I found myself overrun by a bunch of Vietcong and they were coming up the hill and we were getting shot and there’s mortars and there’s tracer rounds going all over.”
|What happens to Chick tracts you leave behind?
“Eight years ago I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord after reading a Chick tract that I FOUND.”
“I FOUND a Chick tract in the restroom at school when I was in high school. I was saved from reading that tract.”
“I was lost until I FOUND one of your Chick tracts on the ground in a dead-end alley.”
“I FOUND a copy of THIS WAS YOUR LIFE in a phone booth one day and shortly thereafter I accepted the Lord as my Savior.”
“Two teenage boys told me their friend’s mother FOUND a Chick tract and she got saved.”
“I got saved by reading THIS WAS YOUR LIFE.
“When I was 14, I went out to our mailbox to get the mail and I FOUND a SOMEBODY GOOFED. I picked it up, took it to my bedroom, read it and got saved.”
“I have received Jesus Christ. I FOUND one of the Chick tracts before I came to the Lord and it touched me right in the heart.”
Tribus cried out to God. “God, I am not ready. I am not ready to die. Whatever that tract says, whatever Holy Joe had, I need. I need to make a commitment.
“I felt something happen to me there. I’m not saying that I had this great flash of light or anything, but I felt something happen that changed my whole life.”
Paul served his country well. He risked his life to save fellow soldiers who were wounded. Later, he was awarded, not one, but two purple hearts.
After returning home, Tribus attended Bible College and today, over thirty years later, he is still in the ministry, serving God as the pastor of Rock Church in Newport News, Virginia.
This testimony graphically illustrates the fact that you never know how God will use the Chick tracts you leave behind or give to people.
Just think…when a former Christian soldier gets to heaven, he will learn that he is responsible for this thrilling testimony. How excited he will be to learn how God used the HOLY JOE tract he dropped by a sandbag.
Christian friend, we get testimonies like this all the time. And quite often, the soul winner who gave out the tract has never heard the exciting results. But in heaven, countless Chick tract users will hear exciting stories of how God used their tracts.
So be encouraged. Chick tracts still GET READ… and they still get results. But you might have to wait until you get to heaven to hear all the wonderful testimonies of people who benefited from the tracts you shared.