The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  One of the great parts of our ministry is meeting people along the roads we travel. God goes before us, preparing the way and we follow as He leads. Has God been leading you down the road? Greetings on the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  From time to time I receive reports from our crew out on the highways and byways of the racing world and I wanted to share with you how God is working in the racing community.

  From Tara Stoehr, our Chaplain with the North Eastern Midget Association.

  Good morning! Friday we were at Chemung Speedrome - it was a very rough track for the NEMA midgets. God gave me a message on the ride up but being on crutches prevented me from making it to the drivers meeting before they were done. However as I read the message again Saturday morning, on our way to Evans Mills speedway -which I feel the owner and workers are the nicest most genuine people we have come in contact with, our family made a lot of friendships there- I realized why God saved the message for Saturday! (I shared this with the drivers before the message-"that was last night, it's a new day!" Got some chuckles)

  I'm so grateful that God loves us unconditionally. As a parent loves their child no matter what, so does our father in heaven love us even more! He gives us a fresh start every day. He wipes away our mistakes from the day before and we get to start all over again, the minute we wake up and put our feet on the floor. We should receive His gift of grace and try again, which helps me to understand why we can't earn our way to heaven. It's not about how good we are because if it were, none of us would make it. It's not about what we do, or what we did, it's about what Jesus did for us. He took all our sin that we will ever commit that day on the cross. God knew we would need a savior. He shed his blood for you and for me even though we don't deserve it. So, how will you embrace his free gift? How will you embrace this fresh start? A new day, a new season.

 Ephesians 2:8-9; God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

  As a result of Tara’s visit to Evans Mills we have a new worker on the field. Pastor Robert Sly has expressed interest in joining RWJM. God is at work!

  Here is a word from T.B. Smith, our Chaplain at Bubba Speedway Park in Ocala, FL.

  Last week we had the privilege of celebrating with an old time driver, owner, sponsor, at Bubba's Speedway Park. His wonderful supportive wife, Geraldine, was headed home to her Lord. (Woody) Woodrow was in need of some comfort and grace. Although the Memorial service was on Wednesday both Woody and his son Edward, who is a driver of a Woodrow owned car, were at the track on Friday. The support Woody got was a genuine blessing to his soul. Nothing could have pleased him more than that we remembered he and his family in prayer in the Invocation. It seems to me that this is one of the reasons we are with the racing industry. Get this, even Bubba was very, very, complimentary of our remembering Woody and his family. Keep praying for Bubba he is coming around more all the time; Joe Dirt, Lisa, Scott, and other believers are just thrilled at the changes there. We will win Him to Christ yet. Keep the good work up. Remember us is prayer as we contact the Monster Truck organization about being their chaplain next weekend here at Bubba's.

 Ephesians 2:10; For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

  And a word from Bobby and Vinetta Somers who serve at USA Lee Speedway.

  The first of the Tri Track Open Modified Race Series is in the books at Lee USA Speedway. It was a great turnout of 38 Modifieds with great heats and “B” Main. It was Todd Patnode taking the checkers in the “B” main. He neglected to take the purse and moved over to the Main Feature of 100 laps. With few cars holding up the field mid pack in the Main possibly frustrated many drivers. It seemed to upset those who were trying to plan their own strategy. We had to endure several laps of nonsense racing.

  The strategy of one driver paid off was the #5CT of Chris Pasteryak got comfortable in the field hanging back around 6th place. When there was 10 to go Chris made his move and by that time the tiers of the #13 Masse and #42 Pitkat were gone. They had nothing for Pasteryak. Pasteryak taking the first win in the Tri Track Open.

  The Street Stock Touring Series made their first start of the season at Lee USA Speedway. With a great turnout of street stocks and many more still not ready to pound the pavement this should be a great division to watch around New England this season.

  It was great to be back with the Modified Family on a very warm Sunday. The next Tri Track event is in June at “Maddog”, Monadnock Speedway. We have the next two weeks off then Vinetta and I head back to Lee USA Speedway for their 2015 season opener.

  This will be the 6th season for Vinetta and I as the Track Chaplains. They are planning a very special evening in June when we honor a great friend and Track Official Jay Merryfield. It was two years ago Jay went home to the Lord. He is greatly missed by family and those at Lee USA. I can still recall many Fridays where we both chatted with Jay. Jay was one of the push truck drivers at Lee. Every Friday night as we entered down into the infield Jay would be circling the track in his Suburban. As he passed Vinetta and I, he would yell out the window as he passed us “Have a minute”. He would circle the track few more times then finally come into the infield and we would chat. As I walked under the bridge every Friday night towards the track I still hear and see Jay traveling around the track and hear his words “Have a minute”. It’s racing family moments like these that we realized how blessed we have been to spend time with the many throughout New England Race Tracks.

  Thanks to all our dedicated servants throughout the USA. They sacrifice their time to serve those in the racing community. When we head out on the road we go with the anticipation of what God has planned for us. It is then when God surprises us and reveals a special connection that He has prepared for us. Please continue to support our efforts in your prayers. Your financial partnership will be put to good use and we will share the results with you.

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Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: May 29, 2015

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