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The Starbucks Drive-Thru and a Challenge For You

By: Bethany Baird

It was a hot, Texas summer day, and I was headed to Starbucks to get an iced vanilla latte. Right as I pulled up to the speaker to order my drink it happened…

The Holy Spirit started convicting my heart.

I had a gospel tract in my purse, but I was not in the mood put to pass it out. I started talking to myself. I go to this Starbucks all the time. They are going to think I’m so weird if I give them a tract. My conversation between myself and the Holy Spirit continued on…until I finally gave in and decided I would pass out a tract when I got to the window.

Fear Struck Again

There was a certain lady who worked at Starbucks from whom I never seemed to get a friendly vibe. I’m not sure if she didn’t like to smile or if she just plain didn’t like people, but I started praying she would not be at the window.

She was the last person I wanted to give a gospel tract to. I’m sure she’ll reject it. She is so scary. Ahhhh, I thought. Within a few seconds I pulled up to the window with money in one hand and the tract in another.

I looked up, and there was the lady I was praying would not be there! I smiled, paid for my drink, and with a trembling hand reached out and handed her the tract. I said, “This has the best news in the entire world in it. It’s completely changed my life. You should read it some time.”

She took the tract, looked at it, and kind of chuckled. I waved goodbye, and that was it.

Shortly after that experience, she stopped working at that Starbucks and I’ve never seen her again. I can only wonder what happened to the tract and pray that she read it.

You Can Do It, Too!

We encounter people every day of our lives. Each time you speak to someone at the grocery store, drive-thru window, nail salon, or restaurant, you are speaking to an eternal being.

That person you encounter for those few seconds will spend all eternity in either heaven or hell. One day, just like you and me, they will die and go to one of those places.

As a Christian, you have the opportunity to share the best news in the entire world with them. You may not have enough time to take them through the “Romans road” as you zoom through the drive-thru, but you can leave them something that contains the gospel in it.

Don’t Roll Your Eyes

Before you roll your eyes and think, yeah, yeah, gospel tracts are nice, but they don’t really do anything. No one ever reads them, let me tell you something. I go to a small church (100 people on an average week).

At least two people in my church came to know Jesus as their Savior because someone handed them a tract. The person who gave it to them had no idea what happened afterward, but God had a plan and a purpose. God used that gospel tract to open their eyes to the truth, and they each trusted in Him.

Seize the Seconds

I have no idea what happened to the lady at Starbucks. I have no idea if she read the tract or shredded it. But I do know this: I had a few seconds in the drive-thru window. I could have either grabbed my drink, smiled, and waved, or I could take the opportunity to point her toward the best news ever.

I’m so glad I listened to the Holy Spirit.

Since that moment at Starbucks, God has given me the courage and strength to pass out tons more tracts. I still get a little nervous and am always waiting for my first rejection. But every person I’ve given a tract to has seemed genuinely interested and thankful.

Why Don’t You Try It?

I want you to think through one of your average weeks. How many people do you encounter? How many stores do you go to? How many restaurants? Gas stations? Malls?

Out of all the people you encounter, would you be willing to pass out one just one gospel tract this week?

I know it can be really scary to hand a stranger a weird-looking pamphlet. One of the verses that has helped me find the courage and strength to be faithful in this area is 2 Corinthians 12:9, which says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

What an awesome reminder that it’s not your strength but God’s! In your own strength you can’t do it. But with the power of God working through you, you can do it! And you can trust God to take it from there.

Take the Challenge

I want to challenge each one of you girls to pass out one gospel tract this coming week. Put one in your purse, and then start praying for God to give you an opportunity.

If you are up for the challenge, sign your name in the comments section below. I’d love to keep in touch as the week goes on to hear how your experience went.

Are you up for the challenge? Let’s do this together!

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The Starbucks Drive-Thru and a Challenge For You

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  • Haley

    I completely agree that gospel tracts are good to have. When I was little, maybe about 5 or so, I was looking around my dad’s office in our house and came upon a tote just full of tracts. I stated reading them out of curiosity and (I started reading at a very young age because my dad wanted me to be prepared, but anyway) they were amazing! They had clear stories, and though I was grown up in the church, I think these tracts really helped explain to me what the trinity was all about, what heaven would be like, and etc. In fact, bible tracts helped my mom (divorced parents) realize that she needed God. My DIVORCED PARENTS actually had a conversation about God and my dad told her about Christ. She was saved that day and my dad gave her a Bible. I was so happy- not only were my parents getting along and put aside their differences, but I no longer had to worry about my mom going to spend eternity with Satan. That was probably the best day of my life.

    • Haley, what a cool story. I love how God used a bag of gospel tracts to teach you about Himself. What a comfort to know that your mom is saved as well. I’m sure that brings you a ton of peace.

  • Briana Soto

    I Briana Soto will take the challenge and continue to challenge myself throught the rest of my life to hand out 1 gospel track a week:)

    • Briana, so glad you are taking the challenge 🙂

  • Rosalie

    I, Rosalie Valentine, will take this challenge!! One tract a week! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Briana Soto

      I love your name so much!!!!!

      • Rosalie

        Haha, thanks! One of my mom’s professors at Moody Bible Institute was named Rosalie, and my parents really loved the name! 🙂

    • Way to go! You’ve got it girl.

  • Elisabeth

    I Elisabeth Coley, while take the challenge to go to my church tonight, and get some tracks, and pray that I have an opportunity to give at east one out this week.

    • Hey Elisabeth, how did it go? Were you able to get some gospel tracts from your church? 🙂

  • Susanna

    I will!

  • Elizabeth

    I’m in! (: Although I may not be going anywhere this week, but God could work something out if He wants to.
    Have any of you read “Will Our Generation Speak?” By Grace Mally? I highly recommend it. Because I’m a selfish sinner, and even a selfish Christian, sharing the Gospel was not number one on my list. God has really changed me on this. I want to spend my whole life sharing the good news. I’ve honestly had only one one-on-one conversation so far, but tracts are also a great tool!

    • Allie

      I really recommend this book. It´s full of practical examples and good ideas.
      It changed the perspective of my life!!
      And I´ve met Grace personally, and I can say, she does live what is written there and it´s so encouraging to see how the Lord works through someone who is willing to be faithful!

      • Elizabeth

        Yes, Grace Mally really is a WONDERFUL example. (=

    • Hey Elizabeth, I’ve heard of that book by Grace Mally but I’ve never read it. Thanks for recommending it 🙂

  • Sue!

    Wow! That’s a cool story!
    I just passes out a tract at the store yesterday!!
    I am totally taking the challenge to pass out one tract this week!

    Love y’all!

    -Sue!

    • Way to go Sue! You can do it girl 🙂 Keep up the gospel sharing <3

  • Elizabeth Williams

    I know that I need to be doing this! I’m so glad that God is giving you the courage to do it. I am always afraid that I would not know what to say and be stammering and stuttering.

    • Elizabeth, I typically always feel afraid or intimidated. I remind myself of this verse, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” Christ is the one who gives the strength. 🙂

  • Jessica P

    Bethany, Thank you so much for writing this…. Needed that encouragement today. Count me in! And thanks for the accountability, too. ~Jessica

  • Grace

    Challenge accepted!

    This week I’m defiantly going to give this a shot and go where the Spririt leads me.

    Thank you for the boost.

    Grace 🙂

    • So excited you are taking the challenge 🙂

  • Ina

    I Accept

  • Okay, challenge accepted. I find that once I get on a roll with passing out tracts, it gets a lot easier. But lately I’ve been slacking…so thanks for the encouragement!

    • I totally agree with you Hannah. Once I get on a roll it becomes much easier. So glad you are taking the challenge 🙂

  • I accept this challenge! Tracts are a great way to sow the seed of the Gospel.

  • Sue!

    I passed my tract out this past week to a lady at Starbucks! She wanted to know all about our family, and then i gave her the tract and she said she was already a believer! So I told her to keep it and pass it out to some one! It was cool! I had never passed it out to some one and they tell me they were already a Christian!

  • Love this post! I was just at Starbucks thinking about this very thing the other day; I had a tract in my purse, but I didn’t want to be “weird” about it… And I let my fear hold me back and I didn’t give it to the barista. But this post was such an encouragement to me to KEEP sharing the Gospel in daily life; next time I will definitely give it to the barista! Challenge accepted! 🙂

  • Naomi

    I’m up for the challenge – but where do I get gospel tracts?

  • Sanna Nilsson

    This post was exactly what I needed thanks for sharing 🙂


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