Life Beyond Horizons (LBH) ministry is going racing!!! We are so proud to see our logo, the old rugged cross, on each door panel of Alex Wiliams race car. The season kicks off at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas later in the month of February 2018. If you are a race fan in Texas or if you are visiting the area, be sure to support Alex Williams this season and stop by to say hello. When this ministry had a chance to approach Alex about a possible sponsorship deal, we were met with wonderful enthusiasm and a partnership was born at that moment. We at LBH ministry are always looking for ways to expand our outreach to maximize the potential for sharing the good news of salvation and being a resource for prayer and bible study. That desire is what led us to reach out to Alex Williams as he prepared for the 2018 racing season and was taking on new sponsors for his team.
We recently had a chance to ask team owner and driver, Alex Williams, some questions about racing, team ownership, and his personal faith in Jesus Christ. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
First of all, thank you, Alex, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions for our readers here at Life Beyond Horizons. How were you introduced to racing and what drove you to decide to become a driver and build your own race car?
Racing is very much a family affair. My Dad, uncle, and youngest brother participate in drag racing events. My cousin and I play with Hondas and attend events from time to time. My middle brother also races dirt oval and is usually my pit crew on a race weekend.
Sounds like it’s safe to say racing is in your blood. What is it like for you as a driver, after all the prep work is complete and you get behind the wheel knowing the race will begin in a matter of minutes?
When I first get in the car I’m usually running through my checklists, did we get everything checked and adjusted properly? Once I have all my safety gear on I like to sit in the car and take deep breaths. At this point, my heart rate has usually gone up and I am just trying to remain focused. About a year ago I began praying before I went on track. I thank God for all the blessings and everything He has provided, my talents and abilities, my support, and the privilege to participate in racing. I pray for safety for myself and the other drivers and I pray for confidence and wisdom. Also, I pray that God will let me glorify Him in some way through these efforts. I don’t feel like I always succeed but that is very important to me and I strive to always put forth my best efforts in that regard.
That is very well said Alex and a great reminder of how important it is to allow the love of Jesus to show through in all we do, even in competition, so that we can glorify God. So let me ask you this, it must be very satisfying to use your God-given talents to build a car from the ground up and be competitive at the track, even against the bigger teams with more resources?
I do take a great deal of pride in knowing that I can go out and run in the top ten with guys that have been racing for years in cars that have been built and set up professionally. Not to take anything away from my fellow drivers, they have to work hard and drive well too, but I enjoy the amount of success we’ve experienced given our limited resources knowing we did all of the work ourselves. It’s that much sweeter when we have a good weekend and get to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is a true blessing from God to be able to work with my hands and do what we do.
Once the season is underway, how hard is it to keep the car operating at peak performance from one race to the next?
How the previous race weekend ended up determines the amount of work that is needed to prepare the car for the next race. That is the nature of racing. We are asking a lot of our equipment each weekend; the engine has to run for fifty laps at full throttle, we bump and rub, slide through corners, all while racing in the dust and mud. We can come home pretty beat up, but on a good week, we can check everything over, give the car a good wash, prep our race tires and load it back up for the next race. Time is the biggest challenge that I face. My wife and I are currently foster parents to a three-month-old baby girl that we have fallen in love with, plus my mom is battling some health issues, so balancing family life and shop life can get complicated. I am blessed enough to have a wife that enjoys dirt track racing and the support of both of our families.
Since we’ve been talking about racing it seems only appropriate to change gears at this point. I’d like to know, when you were first approached by our ministry, Life Beyond Horizons, about a possible sponsorship deal, what was your initial reaction and what convinced you to say yes?
My first thought was “what will everyone at the track think?” But once I got past that sort of typical reaction, I just knew that it was a direction that God wanted me to accept. It’s really connected with what I had been praying for last season. This ministry sponsorship will allow me to glorify God in more ways than just how I conduct myself at the track. By agreeing to have your logo, the old rugged cross on both sides of my car, it lets me step up and put my faith out there for everyone to see. It will bring an outlet for His word into a place not normally reached by a Christian ministry. It will be a challenge in some ways but a challenge I am looking forward to taking on. I have already seen God bless us and the racing season hasn’t even started yet.
At this time I do want to point out to our readers, the sponsorship deal was to have our ministry logo on both doors of your race car, but I want everyone to know, you took it a step further and asked us for a large banner that you could display at your events and you wanted our ministry cards that you could hand out. This goes so much farther than simply putting a logo on a car, you have stepped out in faith and have become an active partner in our ministry and in our shared calling to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. I know you don’t want any accolades but we are so inspired by your efforts and just appreciate it so very much.
What final thoughts would you like to share with our readers?
I am a racecar driver, but first and foremost, I am a Christian and I’ve put my faith in Jesus Christ. I am human, I make mistakes just like everyone else and even though I’m a believer, I still stumble and fall short at times, unfortunately that’s our human nature, but I hope for anyone that comes in contact with me at the shop or at the track, you will know something is different about me. If I’m doing my job as a believer, you will see the love of Christ in me. I want everyone to know that I am approachable, if they need to talk about anything, need prayer, or want to know more about salvation, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am not ashamed of my faith and would love to share it with you or at the very least, let me give you a ministry card that will direct you to the Life Beyond Horizons website where you can find answers about salvation and request prayer.
I also want to challenge other Christians, take a step forward, get out of your comfort zone and follow my example in sharing our faith. Don’t be ashamed of your faith, take this step with me, it is definitely out of my comfort zone, but its what we are called to do. In addition, I ask for your prayers as I take on this challenge in the new season. I pray that I can set an unwavering example in our community, knowing we will have many eyes on us this season at race tracks and car shows. I hope to successfully glorify God through our racing program and in partnership with Life Beyond Horizons ministry.
Alex, thank you again for taking this bold stand in partnership with our ministry here at Life Beyond Horizons. You are an inspiration to so many and we are glad to be able to share your story with our readers. You are truly representing the words shared by the Apostle Paul when he wrote in Romans chapter 1, verses 16 and 17,
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
In conclusion, we look forward to your season and pray for your success both on and off the track. For anyone interested in finding out more about Williams Racing, the 2018 season and the various car shows where you can see the car in person and meet the driver, just go to our contact page and request more information, we’ll be glad to send it to you.
As always, if you or someone you know needs prayer or is seeking more information about salvation through Jesus Christ, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through this link – Prayer Requests
John Stephen Frey is the author of this message and serves as our director emeritus and member of the prayer team
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