Why Mustang?

One of the American icons so easily recognized around the world is the Ford Mustang. Since my wife and I had been married there was always a desire to have one, just never the means.

 

 

In the beginning

Automotives has always been in my blood. As early as 13, I worked weekends with my dad at the Mercedes dealership; I was a sponge. I listened and learned from the experts on what worked and what didn’t. After I graduated high school I was working full time in the auto industry training and working for car lines such as Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagon, Sterling, Oldsmobile, BMW and Honda. I also worked at several parts houses such as Autozone, One Stop Auto and Advance Auto parts in some level of management.

Then, there it was…

While I was working as a business owner I came across a 1986 Mustang GT Convertible. It was sitting in someone’s front yard for $800. I bought that car, cleaned it up and swapped to a 1990 Anniversary Edition GT Convertible. I then began swapping cars through craigslist always moving toward the 125% profit mark until I purchased a 2000 Mustang GT Convertible.

This ’00 I customized heavily until I tapped out its horsepower and traded it in on a 2008 GT Convertible and now to the 2012 GT Convertible. So from an ’86 to a ’12 mustang… I became a Mustang guy..

See a need, fill a need

Having a Mustang seemed to be more than just a car for us, it was a symbol. A symbol that represented hard work and diligence to achieve a goal. (while Lori is still waiting to get a 1964 1/2) An opportunity presented itself as we were ministering. We were out talking to kids, inviting them to church; many of the “macho” kids kept saying no… until one day one kid said “I’ll go to church, if I can go in that!”

So began Mustang Missions. We soon developed it into a reward program as well as a ride incentive. We would have a competition between the kids for a day out in the ‘Stang; they would needto be faithful in attendance, bringing their Bible, memory verses and naturally.. behaving in class. The winner would get dinner and a cruise in the ‘Stang.

It didn’t take long before missionaries and Evangelists wanted to take a little joy ride…

Mustang Missions – Simply Driving Souls to Christ…

The late, great Dr. Jim White said: “It’s hard to catch a fish if you don’t have bait on the hook”. If we are to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:19) then perhaps we need to put a little bait on our hook.

Working in children’s ministries for many years we always face the challenge of how to get kids to come to church; visitation, incentives and promotions all seem to yield results but there was always “that kid” who was just too macho to go to church. So one day I was making a follow-up visit in my ‘86 Mustang GT convertible with a young man who insisted that church was for sissies; when he heard the car pull up (was running straight pipes and headers) he said “I’ll go to church, if I can go in that!”.

To date 14 children have come to church just to go for a ride.. stayed, heard the Gospel and received Christ as their personal Saviour!

American Muscle is known all over the world.

So it seems that as Missionaries, Evangelists and Pastors visit our church.. they want to go for a ride in the Mustang (or Moostang if you are from Honduras)… So it has began a tradition of a sort to come, visit… go for a spin and have a little fun. Many of these national Pastors and Missionaries have never been in a car; let alone a Mustang GT. It is a blessing to have a time of fellowship with these great men of faith who sacrificed so much to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Putting a little “Horsepower in your Ministry”

Part of developing this into a ministry program is getting others to participate. Many churches have members that of been blessed to own a cool sports car, muscle car or even a show car; perhaps use those blessings as the bait to win souls for Jesus!

Incentives

We have found that providing an incentive for those children already in church can help boost attendance and participation. The Mustang challenge program allowed us to provide a goal for children to obtain such as taking the winner out to lunch in the Mustang. In 2015, through Slater Road Baptist Church, the grand prize winner got a trip to Disney World in the Mustang! This incentive package brought in a record number of visitors and parents; the two children that were front runners memorized several dozen Bible verses each! So be creative with your incentives and let the kids do the rest!

Anyone for a Joy Ride?

One night at a missions Conference the Pastor ask me to drive the Missionary from the Philippines to Cracker Barrel.. He started to call his wife.. take selfies… When I ask him what was up.. he said he had never gotten to ride in an American Muscle car before. When we got to Cracker Barrel he began to tell the other missionaries about the car ride.. so I spent the evening giving joy rides… Now Missionaries look forward to a visit to our church; to experience a little American Muscle.

The Next Level

So now we want to take this concept and share it with the world. Do you have a Muscle Car? Show car? How about using it to bring kids to church? We are dealing with a generation that has been taught that Church is boring! Show them that being a Christian is the most exciting thing you can be! Combine your love of cars and passion for souls and put some HORSEPOWER into your outreach!

Powerwheelz and the Development into a Mustang

As we developed the Powerwheelz wheelchair to have more fun and features we came across an app call “REVheads”. It gave you the ability to have Mustang 5.0 Engine sounds on your smartphone… and control them. There were alot of apps out there that gave you little snippets of sounds, but this one allowed you to control it like a car. That changed the direction of the chair to be “Automotive Inspired”.

I added exhaust tips, stickers, NOS tanks and gauges over the years; but then the idea came to put a control center in front of me. With this addition if gave me an open area to finally give my wheelchair an iconic representation of the Mustang. I added the grill with cutouts, headlights and of course… the Mustang badging.

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