River Falls Airport was host to a special event Sept. 10 that brought members of the community out to view a medley of cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters and RC aircraft. Ministry Wings Aviation held its first ever Air-Fair and Car-Nival to support its objective of providing affordable transportation for individuals seeking to perform mission work around the country and even the world.
MWA was formed to help those passionate about ministry while helping people who need relief around the globe when disaster strikes. Additionally, this service allows for families who qualify the ability to travel with ill children. The Air-Fair and Car-Nival was formed to aid its groundbreaking Empty Flight Plan Program that puts churches and ministries in contact with corporate airlines that have empty seats, allowing MWA to spread the word about its cause and raise funds through an enjoyable venue.
The exhibition offered spectators an up-close-and-personal experience with a multitude of planes and helicopters that included war replicas, crop dusters and even the Northwest Texas Healthcare helicopters equipped with equipment used on the job. For car buffs, the exhibition housed vintage muscle cars with large blowers and headers, custom choppers, rock-crawling Jeeps, low riders and a Ferrari.
Of the many cars entered, perhaps the most unique came from Juan Lozano’s Pura Vida Car Club. “Pura Vida stands for Pure Life,” says Juan, who serves as the president of the car club that is committed to community ministry. “Our car club started out as mostly family that has since grown. We got together with the vision of showing the community, especially the low-rider scene that you can drive your low-riders and have a good time, but at the same time you can have good clean fun.”
In addition to the MWA Air-Fair and Car-Nival, Pura Vida attends events such as the Make-A-Wish Car Show and the Salvation Army Toy Cruise in order to spread its message. This past July also marked the car club’s third annual La Mission Christian Car Show & Concert benefiting the March of Dimes.
When not tinkering with his 1962 Cadillac Deville or ministering in the community, Juan spends his spare time as a Christian DJ, aka DJ Flaco. When speaking about the MWA event, it’s easy to see Juan’s passion. “My favorite part about coming to the Air-Fair and Car-Nival is to check out the different rides and fellowship with different people while letting them know about Jesus Christ,” he explains.
Although Pura Vida was only a small part of this weekend’s festivities, it served as a reminder of Ministry Wings Aviation’s mission: being part of the community, helping others and sharing their positive message through a common ground of modern day machinery.
by Ethan Black
Ethan is currently finishing his graduate degree in Sport Management from West Texas A&M University, with an emphasis on Sport Sociology and Marketing. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and spending time with family and friends.