Friday, March 28, 2014

let's go racing

It was 13 years ago that I first had the opportunity to serve with the Raceway Ministries team in Martinsville, and it is has been an incredible time.  Since then I have had the honor of serving on the national Raceway Ministries board and helping our group grow in various ways.  It really is an honor to share Jesus with race fans at the speedway.

This stuff happens at racetracks all around the world.  I mean there are men and women around the world volunteering their time to serve in the racing community.  They offer worship services, counseling, sharing refreshments and much more.  I have met so many people that are committed to making a difference in a place where few others will step. 

In Martinsville our team offers several different things, and it is a blessing to be able to work along side the employees of Martinsville Speedway.  Sunday morning before the race this weekend there will be worship services in two locations.  We will have a team of cart drivers helping fans with special needs all weekend.  One of my favorite pieces of our work are the conversation we get to have with people from all over the world.  Talking about Jesus never gets old, and you might be surprised to know that many people are open to talk about him.

Why go to the speedway?  There are plenty of reasons not to go.  The race is on Sunday and keeps our volunteers from attending their church.  Often it is cold or raining and not very nice outside.  There are plenty of reasons to go to the track.

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

Romans 5:5  NLT
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.

Telling people that God loves them is something that we can do in many different ways.  Serving people opens the door to help others see and hear God.  Our lives offer hope to those in need.

Join us at the speedway.  Come serve with us if you would like.  But please pray that many will hear about God’s love for them, and they will allow God to change their lives.

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happy birthday, Julie

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