Are you thinking of distributing some pamphlets by yourself?
No one at church was doing this, and I thought "How hard can it be?".
So I designed a quick A6 pamphlet with an invitation to study the mark of the beast on this website.
A6 is probably the best format as it is about the same size of an envelope. The last thing you want to do is having to fold the pamphlets as you go on.
By default the pamphlets came on glossy paper (150 gsm) which is great, because it's quite robust (which helps with getting the pamphlets in the letter box).
I ordered 500 pamphlets from Vistaprint (online printing company) which cost me about $50 NZD (approximately $35 USD) plus some shipping and handling, etc. The pamphlets arrived within several business days.
It took me about 6 hours (including some breaks) to deliver them all in one day.
Here are some tips:
- Take some time to plan your route
- Wear good shoes and socks
- Drink plenty of water
- If you're not used to walking spread it out over several days
- Don't deliver to mail boxes with "no junk mail" stickers on it
- Carry a Bible in case someone stops you for a chat
- Be aware of the dog (seriously)
Praying for the pamphlets, or the area itself is also a good idea.
I did everything on foot, as I don't have a car. A bicycle might seem like a good idea, but you still have to get on and off, etc. The area I live in is all up and down several hills the entire time. In addition I found I was having to move up and down quite a bit depending on what height the letter boxes are. I'm pretty sure I'll feel it tomorrow.
The most frustrating thing is probably letter boxes with "no junk mail" stickers on them, e.g. I had 500 pamphlets but I probably walked past many more letter boxes on that day.
Interestingly enough, I also walked past 4 churches, so I made sure to drop some off there as well. One church said "St John the baptist", so I gave them the pamphlet, only to find out later it was actually a catholic church. That's kind of funny really. Delivering "mark of the beast" pamphlets to a catholic church. Doh!
I think in hindsight I probably could have done 700-800 pamphlets in the area where I live, but that's just hindsight, and it was kind of fun to do this as an experience.
I now think that if every church member would do this in their neighborhood we would get a lot of work done. So it's definitely worth challenging people. If someone says "yes", that might mean another 500 pamphlets, and another, etc...
If you don't have time, but do have some money, there's plenty of kids that can deliver the pamphlets for you. It's no big deal really.
How effective is this? Probably not very. Let's do some numbers. There are 2 billion Christians, in a world with 7 billion people, so 500 pamphlets * 2/7 = 142 Christians "reached". Hmmm. For me it doesn't really matter though. Even if it's only one person that "gets it", it was worth it. I'm quite happy to leave the rest up to God really.
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
- 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (KJV)
I have gained a lot more respect and understanding for people that do this all day long. It's not easy.
Give it a go.