What is up with the truck at Walmart?
SAN ANGELO, TX – We received a call to our office today. The call came from an excited woman hurriedly telling about a giant truck parked at the Wal-mart on 29th Street. So being the naturally curious group of people we had to see what the heck was going on at Wal-mart.
There it was, an 18-wheeler covered in murals, depicting religious scenes and a family in front of it getting their pictures taken. Of course we wanted to know why. And thankfully, Richard Kincannon, the owner of this mysterious vehicle, was more than happy to let us in on the "secret."
"I've been driving a truck more or less all my life. My uncle got me started at 15-years-old," Kincannon said. For 16 years he's held truck driving jobs hauling fuel and propane amongst other things as he and his wife raised their two daughters.
"I feel like I need to pay God back for my time down here. My wife is gone. So that's my whole idea." Kincannon's wife Karen died in an automobile accident near Pampa in 2010. He says,"That changed everything."
He already owned the truck, a motor coach as he called it, the Word and an idea - to spread the Gospel. "I really built this to bring a different approach to Jesus and the way we relate to him. Too many people kind of buck up when you talk about God."
Kincannon, who is 68, considers this his retirement as well as a ministry. The 53-foot tractor-trailer was decorated with murals he commissioned in Henderson, Texas and had completed in Dallas. 16 months ago the murals were complete and he hit the road. He spent two weeks at the beginning of the year in the San Antonio area, visited Canton and the Panhandle loop.
Kincannon goes to the parking lots of Wal-marts or Sam's and waits. Because if you build it, drive it then park it - they will come. In fact they do. They take pictures and talk with Kincannon. "You see people smiling, taking pictures, and it makes it worthwhile!" He hands out cards and discusses the gospel with people. Then at night he prays over the names he has gathered in his personal ministry throughout the day.
"I want to do this as long as I can. As soon as the weather gets better my plans are to go." He hopes to increase the distances he goes, maybe even so far as areas east of the Mississippi. He has already traveled further than 3,000 miles and no end in sight.
If you have the time, go by and have a chat. This unique minister will only be here a short while before he moves on to the next Sam's or Wal-mart parking lot, to serve in what is probably one of the few original ideas left to the 21st century.