(More photos to come with next month’s report)

Campaign leader Shaun Buchhalter and his "second," Sara Friedman

Campaigners and stewards in front of our New York Center

Here’s what our broadside tracts look like before they go into the bags

And here’s what they look like as they come out the bags, into people’s hands in the subway stations and out on the streets.

Rachel says, “So there is a lot of chess going on around here; we see people playing in the parks every day as we go out on noon sorties (tract passing expeditions). It’s one of those games that makes people think. It’s making me think.

“I like chess because it’s a war that involves even the slowest of pieces. Take the pawn, which can only move one space at a time after the first turn (on which it can move only two). It can only move forward, but when it gets to the end of the board, it is “promoted,” that is, replaced by a more powerful piece, such as a queen. To me, it’s as though a piece which has already been captured is freed and allowed to return.

“This reminds me of our street evangelism. Even the weakest, the shyest person, can get to the end of the conversation. And sometimes, it’s the quiet and shy ones that draw the people to the Lord. The Grand Master gets them to the end of the board and brings back a captive soul. In the chess game of good and evil, we are all the pieces. The only inconsistency is that we don’t protect the king. The king protects us.

I told you, chess is all about making people think ;).”

Sara says, “Something about the subway reminds me of heaven. It is not because my feet hurt when I stand in one place for two hours. It is not because people give me dirty looks. It is not because of the smell or the view. It is because of the people. I always marvel at how in an instant a person can go from being a socialite to part of the mass of humanity. Or how a homeless man can sit shoulder to shoulder with a ‘suit’ from Wall Street. It is amazing that an Israeli can sit next to an African woman who is sitting next to a Puerto Rican man. God’s creation is so diverse and beautiful. We are so different in so many ways, ethnically and socially, and yet at the end of the day we are all part of this mass of humanity. Underground, this becomes clear to me, and as I hand out my gospel tracts I become acutely aware of the fact that no matter where each passerby comes from, to God they are beautiful and He desires for them to have a relationship with Him. Something about the subway reminds me of heaven. I know that it will be full of people from all different walks of life, and that is what makes it beautiful. My prayer is that each one that we meet in the subway would come to know this truth.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
(Psalm 139:14)