Churches across the nation are helping those less fortunate by providing free gas as prices soar.
The Missouri Western Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Evangelism Department of the Church of God in Christ raised about $1,000 for its gas giveaway event in Jefferson City on Saturday. “The Christian Post” reported the church paid for cars to fill up at two pumps at the JC Mart on West Dunklin Street.
“Any individual who drives before the funds run out will get their gas paid for and will be able to see the work of our Lord in their own community,” the church said in a statement before the event.
Pastor Brian Carn of Kingdom City Church in Charlotte, N.C. , gave away $35 gas cards to more than 300 drivers. He spent $10,000 from his personal finances for the event called “Gas on God.” Carn thanked those from the church who participated in the event.
“I am extremely grateful for what we was able to do,” he said. “As you notice, so many people’s lives were touched today, You got an opportunity to experience what I get to experience as a result of changing the lives that God has allowed me to change. You were able to minister to people. One lady came and said, ‘I don’t need gas. I just need prayer.’”
One woman said she drove about 25 minutes to receive her free tank of gas. “The lines really weren’t long,” she said. “I just really appreciate everything you guys have done for me and everyone out here today.”
In Chicago, New Life Covenant Church Southeast also held a giveaway. “I basically stood in front of my church and said, ‘Guys, we want to bless 200 cars; asked a certain amount of people if they’d give us $25, and they gave it,” Pastor John Hannah said. “We raised it right there on the spot.” According to AAA’s website, the national average for gasoline is $4.25 per gallon, up 72 cents from a month ago.
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–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice