by Michael Boyink / [email protected]
‘Cause we got a mighty convoy
Rockin’ through the night
Yeah, we got a mighty convoy
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Chip Davis / William Fries
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Maybe you are old enough to remember the 1975 C.W. McCall song Convoy.
In the mid-70’s life was different. C.B. Radios were popular. An oil crisis had inflated the cost of gasoline. Speed limits had been reduced to 55 MPH to save energy.
Truckers were known to group up into convoys. They could run faster and more efficiently as a group. They could also use the convoy to protest threats to their existence.
It’s a bit different, here in 2020. Smartphones, internet, and group-video chat have replaced C.B. Radio. Gas prices are lower than many of us have ever seen.
But there is still power in a group.
The folks at Ava Assembly of God decided that a convoy still made sense.
Not to protest.
Drivers and passengers in approximately 40 vehicles gathered in the Ava High School parking lot last Sunday afternoon.
The convoy rolled out around 5:00 P.M., driving north and traveling around the Emerson plant.
They rolled past the Ava Ambulance shed, then back west to loop through the J. Brothers Hardware store parking lot.
On the streets of Ava, the group was restrained. There was no honking of horns or shouting from the passengers.
In many places oncoming traffic pulled over, possibly thinking this was a funeral procession.
Online, however, people from different vehicles took turns praying for the people and businesses the convoy was driving past.
Pulling back onto Springfield Road, the group drove east then turned right on Lyle Street, taking them past the Ava Place Senior Living Center.
Then by the Post Office, through the Square and left by City Hall. Up the hill, left again and back through the Square again.
The group finally headed south out of town and zig-sagging up the hill to the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare facility.
The convoy parked at HOTO and enjoyed a socially-distanced worship service.
“I was very humbled by the prayer tour and the participation,” said Ava Assembly of God Senior Paster Buddy Boyd. “Praying over the local businesses and economic health of Douglas County was an honor. Pastor Oren delivered a powerful & timely message at the nursing home.”
A recording of the event can be viewed on Facebook: facebook.com/avaassembly.