MIAMI, Fla. – IHRA Pro Stock racer Cale Aronson, of Chillicothe, MO., is on the road to recovery following a high-speed accident which left him critically injured on April 25, 2015. Aronson lost control of his Mustang during final eliminations at the IHRA Palm Beach Nationals, crossing the centerline before striking the retaining wall and flipping. His car slid to a stop in the Palm Beach International Raceway shutdown area.
Aronson was transported via helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Palm Beach, Fla, where he underwent surgery on April 28 to repair damage when he sustained a C-5 compressed vertebra. He is expected to make a full recovery following a lengthy rehab process.
“Basically I had a bruised spine,” Aronson explained. “I still have some difficulty with my upper body movement, but everything has a tingling sensation. I have feeling throughout my body.”
Once Aronson was stabilized following the surgery, he was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and placed under the care of renowned spinal cord injury specialist Dr. Barth Green. Instrumental in the transfer was the Gwynn Family, whose son Darrell, suffered a spinal cord injury during a racing accident in April 1990.
Aronson admits he’s experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in the days following his accident.
“My focus hasn’t changed much in wanting to get busy in rehab and move forward,” Aronson said. “The most important thing to me is taking care of my family. The inability to do that is enough to frighten anybody. At the same time, I always felt this was a condition I’d be able to recover from. Plus I try to never try to think negatively like that.
“I’m not saying I didn’t have negative thoughts, but I try to focus more on the how to make the best of any situation. The hardest part is the lack of being able to bond, to wrap my arms around and hug my wife.”
Aronson credits wife Tinzy with her unwavering support as an inspiration throughout the ordeal. He also credits the legions of fellow racers and race fans as inspiration.
“Your support was a large part of what inspired me to fight through this time,” Aronson said. “Some of those who stepped up to show support, you helped Tinzy and myself so much. It’s overwhelming when you are a small family team like we are. We do this because we love it. It’s important to see what we do is appreciated. It’s done a lot for my family.”
Godspeed Ministry, the official chaplain for the IHRA, has set up a Bridge the Gap fundraiser for the Aronson Family to help defray medical expenses.
Care packages and letters may be sent to
Bupa International Patient Services Center DTC Building, Ground Floor Central 152 for patient Cale Aronson
1080 NW 19th Street
Miami, FL 33136
Article by Competition Plus.com
Today is the National Day of Prayer. Today we confess (or ‘say the same thing God says’) this prayer from God’s Word. By praying God’s Word we come into agreement with His will and desires. This is a prayer we can pray confidently, knowing it is God’s heart for America and the nations of the world. Be blessed. Renee Bingham
Praying For The Nations
Let the nations be awakened! (Joel 3:12)
Let the earth hear the voice of the Lord! (Isaiah 1:2)
Judge the nations in Your sight, Father, and put them to fear,
that they might know themselves to be but men. (Psalms 9:20)
Father, the whole creation groans and labors
to be delivered from the bondage of corruption,
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:21-22)
Send forth Your Spirit of Truth to bear witness of You, (John 15:26)
and to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8)
Cause them to repent and to turn from their idols. (Ezekiel 14:6)
Shake the nations, so they will come to the Desire of All Nations(Jesus). (Haggai 2:7)
Father, cause Your people to rise up. (Numbers 23:24)
Gather Your mighty ones to prepare for war. (Joel 3:11)
Bring the multitudes into the valley of decision. (Joel 3:14)
Send Your ambassadors into all the nations. (Jeremiah 49:14)
Open to them a door for the Word, to speak the mystery of Christ, (Colossians 4:3)
that the gospel of the kingdom may be preached in all the world. (Matthew 24:14)
You have declared to Your people the power of Your works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations. (Psalms 111:6)
Let every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord! (Philippians 2:10)
Cause righteousness and praise to spring forth. (Isaiah 61:11)
Let the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory
of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
Father, gather the nations together, (Isaiah 43:9)
that they may worship Thee, (Psalms 22:27)
and exult Thee in all the earth. (Psalms 46:10)
Let all the nations be blessed through Your people, (Galatians 3:8)
and let the wealth of the heathen be gathered together (Zechariah 14:14)
and be delivered into the hands of Your people for the work of the Lord. (2 Kings 22:5)
Send forth Your salvation to the ends of the earth, (Isaiah 49:6)
and make Your enemies to be Your footstool. (Mark 12:36)
(From http://www.prayingscriptures.com/nations.shtml )
God Speed Ministry’s “Bridge the Gap” Fund is an ongoing fund designed to help racers and others in the racing community through difficult circumstances that set them back financially. Donations to this fund “Bridge the Gap” until the individual or family’s circumstances and/or health are restored to normal.
Pro Stock racer Cale Aronson suffered a high speed crash at the IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals. He is currently undergoing therapy and treatment in Miami, Florida, far from his Missouri home. To help “Bridge the Gap” until Cale is 100% donate here:
All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your kindness to the Aronson family.
God Speed Ministry operates solely on the donations and partnerships of individuals and companies. In late 2013 we formed a partnership with Strange Engineering that began with the production of our unique, functional and beautiful new uniforms! Now, Strange Engineering has produced the wonderful video below highlighting several of our chaplains and giving a brief overview of what we do. Thank you Strange!
Also, check out this article about our partnership at StrangeEngineering.com.
The 3rd Annual Motorsports Ministry Prayer Summit will be held on Friday, December 12th at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN from 8am to 10am in the main dining room.
All are welcome to join the summit. “The Motorsports Ministry Prayer Summit will be two hours of encouragement and praying for one another, for God to equip us spiritually, mentally and physically,” said Renee Bingham of God Speed Ministry. “It is also a time to pray for God’s will and provision in the venues where He sends us. It is a time to pray for souls, greater opportunities of ministry and greater impact of our message in the world of motorsports and at large.
“We encourage you to attend if at all possible. Last year chaplains from RFC, MRO, IRL, CORE and GSM were in attendance. Also several individuals who just wanted to pray participated. God brought us together in a very powerful way. If you cannot attend this year, we encourage you to submit prayer requests for the Prayer Summit.”
Submit your prayer requests to Summit co-chairs Joey Keith (RFC & CORE) firstname.lastname@example.org or Renee Bingham (GSM) email@example.com.
You may also submit requests to join the Facebook group Motorsports Ministry Prayer Summit. This page is an ongoing way to motorsports chaplains to pray for and encourage each other throughout the year.
Mark the date & time on your calendar. Pray wherever you are. Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 8—10 a.m.
To RSVP for the events contact Renee or Joey:
Renee Bingham firstname.lastname@example.org 704-692-2452
Joey Keith email@example.com 918-809-8603
A non-denominational chapel service will also be held at the PRI Show on Saturday morning (12/13), 8-8:30am in Room 237. This is also open to all PRI Show attendees. Message will be provided by Chaplain Joey Keith. Please come enjoy this wonderful time for motorsports-enthused Christians to join together in celebrating Christ.
At the 2014 Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, two longtime IHRA officials were injured in accidents. Marc Kinton, head of safety and rescue for IHRA, had to be airlifted to University Hospital with head and shoulder injuries. Soon after, Thomas Czaplicki was rushed to the same hospital after he wrecked his scooter in responding to an on-track accident.
While Marc was released from the hospital and cleared to fly home on schedule, Thomas’ injuries were worse than originally thought. He had to remain in the hospital in Edmonton for several days before being transported to a hospital closer to his Virginia home.
While thankfully both Marc and Thomas are on the mend, they are still out of work. While pay checks have ceased the living expenses and medical bills continue. They are now dealing with the stress of finances when they need to be focused on healing.
God Speed Ministry has set up a fund to help alleviate some of the financial pressure. All money donated to this fund will go directly to Marc and Thomas. As one racer said to Renee Bingham after Marc’s accident, “These are the guys who help us when we need help. Now it is our privilege to be able to help them.” Here’s how you can help.
For Online Donations Click on the Donate Button below.
Mail Checks To:
God Speed Ministry
141 EA Bingham Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
**Please write Man Down Fund on the memo line.
God Speed Ministry will also be accepting donations at the IHRA World Finals in Memphis TN.
All donations will be split equally between Marc and Thomas. Thank you in advance for supporting these two wonderful men who always do their best to support the racers, fans and staff at the IHRA events.
Holy God, Lord of the Harvest,
You have placed us in a world of bounty.
You have created everything needed for life and for godliness.
You are the God of plenty and no lack.
It is Your desire that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers.
We are to be a people who enjoy the fruit of the earth.
We are to be people who rejoice in Your provision.
We are to be people who give thanks to You for all You provide.
You decree that every seed bear after its own kind.
That decree is a promise that we get what we sow.
That assurance lets us plant with confidence and faith in Your provision.
You decree the blessing of multiplication – one seed produces so many more of its kind.
How marvelous are Your ways O Lord!
You also promise to bless the work of our hands.
So whatever we set our hands to do, we do it to honor and glorify You.
Thank You, Father, Lord of the Harvest.
May we bless and magnify Your name.
May we store up Your goodness in our hearts.
And may we share with the widow and orphan as You ask.
Today O Lord of the Harvest, we bless and thank You.
Your goodness to us is great.
Bless You O Lord of the Harvest, Possessor of heaven and earth.
Your goodness and faithfulness endure forever.