Places to Tract a Hotel Room

Statistics show that 25% of all travelers will read the Gideon Bible in hotel rooms and that each Bible has the potential to reach 2,300 people over it’s six-year lifespan. That means a a hotel with over 200 rooms could reach over 460,000 occupants! That is more than the population of Virginia Beach, VA and almost as large as Long Beach, CA..

With that in mind, as a Gideon, whenever I travel and stay in a hotel room, I go through a ritual of placing tracts in various parts of the room, not only for housekeeping to find, but future guests as well. Though I will probably never affect thousands of people, I at least want to do my part to help others to awaken to the truth of the gospel. Here are various places in a hotel room that I leave tracts for people to find.

In the open

The only tract that I want housekeeping to find is the one that I leave out in the open for them to find. With that tract, I write a simple, “Thank You,” and place it on the desk or dresser. I usually place one Spanish tract and one English tract side by side. This way, I try to cover my basis when it comes to the preferred language of housekeeping staff.

In the bible

The second tract I place is in the Gideon Bible that was placed in the drawer by the Gideon’s International. I usually will look for John 3:16 and place it so that the top of the tract just peeks out the top of the bible. I don’t want it to be so noticeable for housekeeping to remove it, but not hidden so that guests will not see it.

In the phone book

The third set of tracts that I place are in the phone book. I place one in the pizza section, one in the abortion section, and one in restaurants or car rental. These are basically the most used areas of the hotel phone book. I tend to tuck them horizontally in the binding crease so that they are seen as pages are being flipped. I usually use “money” tracts here so that as people are flipping through, they see something that looks like a large amount of money.

Under untouched objects in the room

The other tracts I leave are hidden under the phones and coffee pot. I like to leave the phones right where they are just like they were when I enter the room. If they look as if they were not used, housekeeping will not bother with or clean them. But, because of the long cord, many people like to stretch it out and sit in other more comfortable parts of the room. As soon as they pick it up, it is revealed.

Behind the closet iron

The last place I usually leave one is behind the clothes iron. Most hotels come equipped with an ironing board and iron for business-people to iron their shirts, slacks, or skirts. By placing one behind the iron, the tract falls out and floats to the ground. I usually use money tracts in this spot because business people love money.

Other ideas?

Depending on the room you may want to place some in other places like under the bed, between couch cushions, or behind unused pillows on a couch. Some I’ve even tucked WAY behind a dresser drawer, not to be noticed by housekeeping, but definitely noticed by someone who wants to utilize it for their clothes.

Maybe you have some other ideas as to where to tract a hotel room. Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

My Refrigerator Reminder

For 15 years I was a Field Service Technician who serviced mail opening and sorting equipment. You wouldn’t believe the amount of tracts that would come through the system that people send. It should be noted that people DO read them, and that I have seen machine operators get saved by the tracts that are sent through the mail along with their paid bills. So keep sending them.

This is a tract that I kept for myself and have hanging on my refrigerator at eye level for at least 10 years. It has been a constant reminder of how I should live my life. At the bottom I crossed out “I” and wrote in “Jesus” because He paid the valuable price which is more biblical.

Jesus was the one that exchanged His life for mine.

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:20

You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 
1 Corinthians 7:23

...knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
1 Peter 1:18,19

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. - Acts 20:28

For thus says the Lord:
“You have sold yourselves for nothing, And you shall be redeemed without money.” - Isaiah 52:3

Christians were bought and paid for by God through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ as a ransom to save us from the empty life we inherited from our ancestors. We were paid for by the sinless, spotless perfection of the Lamb of God. Jesus Himself said that He came to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).

Since we were obtained at such a tremendous cost, we should use our bodies to honor God with good needs. We are His masterpiece to use us as He sees fit (Ephesians 2:10). The ownership of our bodies have been transferred to Christ. We no longer had the right or freedom to do anything we wish. Just as slaves were purchased in the ancient world, we were bought with the price of Christ’s blood on the cross. We belong to Him.

For he who is called in the Lord [while] a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called [while] free is Christ's slave. 
[1 Corinthians 7:22 NKJV]

God and Jesus are not wicked task-masters, but care for those who are under them. The duty of a slave master was to take care and protect the slaves. Jesus said:

"All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and [the one] to whom the Son wills to reveal [Him]. "Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light." 
[Matthew 11:27-30 NKJV]

There were times in my life when I when I tried to do things in my own way. I would get jealous of what unbelievers had, and I would fight and kick against what the Lord was wanting me to do. To solve spiritual problems with natural human means never worked out for me. This tract gently reminds me that I must die to self and surrender daily to Him and His will. To give the Lord my best, because He gave His best for me.

"For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. [Galatians 2:19-20 NKJV]

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