Today, many Christian bookstores
are closing for lack of interest, but the
Millennium Bible Book store in Cincinnati,
Ohio is different.
Owner Walt Cormican has used Chick
tracts and a bold street ministry to keep
it a significant part of the community.
Working closely with his church, Berean
Baptist Church, and a local church,
Morningstar Baptist, Walt uses the
bookstore to support Charlie Henry's
outreaches, from parades, to bus kids,
to the homeless, and a "march for
Jesus" that they do periodically at a
busy intersection in town.
Walt sows the gospel seed widely
convinced that the fruit will show up in
heaven, even if it is not greatly visible here.
Walt is ever alert to find others who have
a heart for souls. Dexter Bailey is one of
those. A native of Chili and Argentina, he
played professional basketball and was
saved after reading a Chick tract. Dexter
remembers the void in his heart while a
student athlete in Argentina and Chile. The
death of his brother and another funeral
in his senior year of college only peaked
his concern about life after death. He even
sampled the Bible occasionally but didn't
One weekend at a friend's house, he saw
"several cartoon type booklets on a coffee
table." After reading This Was Your Life,
"I knew that I was a guilty sinner on my
way to hell. So without hesitation I knelt
and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my
Lord and Savior. That same day I read
The Next Step," Dexter remembers.
He has continued using them as a witnessing
tool before and after moving to
When Charlie Henry learned that Dexter
spoke Spanish, he asked him to help reach
a local Latin community. Using Spanish
tracts, they developed enough interest to
dedicate one of the church buses to pick up
kids in that neighborhood. As usual with
other churches who run bus ministries,
Chick tracts work well by handing them to
the kids when they get on the bus, so they
are reading quietly during the ride.
Dexter also led the owner of a local Pizza
place to Christ and now free Chick tracts
are available at all three cash registers and
on the serving tables.
Enough people in Walt's church have
caught the vision to help in "tracting"
parades and other community events as
well as local parks. Charlie Henry has a
pickup and "gospel trailer" used as a home
base and preaching platform for the events.
The Annual "March for Jesus" is held at
a busy intersection where about 50,000 cars
a day go by. Bookstore customers, church
members and children and youth groups
line all four corners of the intersection
holding scripture signs and slipping tracts
into hands extended from the car windows.
When someone like Walt has a vision,
God sends others to join and soon a whole
community is touched with the gospel. In
street ministry, people often do not get the
complete message of the gospel. As this
church has found, signs, banners, street
preaching and one-on-one witnessing all
contribute to advancing the gospel. But
when a no-nonsense gospel tract is put in
their hands, you can be confident you have
delivered a message they can act upon.