I had been praying for a way to effectively witness for some time. Several decades ago I had put together a series of tracts on some of the central doctrines of the Christian faith: the character of God, the Son of God, the Sabbath, death, creation vs. evolution, etc. I like tracts because they are smaller than a book and have a greater likelihood of being read by the busy populace. The tracts I had needed to be updated and reprinted, but I didn’t feel God leading me in that direction, at least not yet. I tried a few other witnessing options, but they too never really seemed to pan out.
I really don’t recall how the idea came to me, to put Bible topics on a bookmark—small and compact and easy to share; I only know the Lord led me to it. He made me realize I could do a series of bookmarks on important faith topics, just like tracts, only handier. What would be more perfect for this instant-access generation? They would fit easily in my purse, and because they were stiff cardstock they wouldn’t get wrinkled. And I could deposit them anywhere: in a restaurant, a grocery cart, at the chiropractor’s office, government office, on a park bench—the possibilities were endless.
The first bookmark was to be on the most important topic to me, the gospel as it relates to righteousness by faith; the only challenge being that it is, well, small and compact—it’s hard to fully develop a topic on a 2×8 card. But the Lord was in it and it came together nicely, I think, and I’ve had some very positive feedback. Apparently the Lord knows what He’s doing because others have been looking for something like this as well. All praise to Him!