SPARTA, Ky.—Whether it was with a free cookie or some helpful directions, thousands of “divine appointments” were met at Kentucky Speedway last weekend as Southern Baptists sought to serve and share the message of the Gospel in Sparta.
J. T. Marsh, director of Kentucky Raceway Ministries, said he has been able to confirm that at least three people gave their lives to Christ during the three-day event culminating with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race June 28. Fans began showing up with travel trailers days prior and their numbers continued to swell through the week to more than 60,000.
“We decided the most important thing we could do was to put Bibles in people’s hands,” said Marsh, who also serves as a lay leader at Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Milton.
Nearly 300 ministry volunteers helped throughout the weekend with a massive distribution effort that put the Word of God in the hands of 6,000 people.
In addition to giving away Bibles, Marsh said volunteers also exemplified what it means to live the message within its pages. He remarked that one of the salvation decisions came after the person was approached by three separate ministry teams.
Kentucky Raceway Ministry volunteers manned guest service booths, coordinated handicapped transportation and provided a safe place for kids to play—all with the purpose of making connections with the lost. They also handed out about 35,000 driver cards, 4,500 bracelets, several thousand cookies and a few of other freebies.
“We had a great week of ministry at Kentucky Speedway meeting thousands of those divine appointments that God had scheduled for us,” said Marsh, who also credited volunteers, many of whom served 17-19 hour days.
“We serve a mighty God and he saw us through because of the faithfulness of this team,” he added. “I can’t thank each of them enough and we won’t see all of the results until we get to heaven.”