George Henson at the Baptist Standard has written a nice feature on First Baptist Church in Schulenburgh, which partnered with a gas station to lower gas prices for a couple hours in an effort to meet and minister to people.
The congregation had people lining up. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
For a couple of hours on a Saturday, the church pumped gas and washed the car windows of patrons of Alfie’s Food Mart & Shell Station, all the while subsidizing the price of gas by 50 cents a gallon. So, the bargain rate for gasoline was $2.19 a gallon rather than the $2.69 that had been posted.
In just two hours, church members pumped 1,758 gallons of gas. That put the bill for First Baptist Church at $879, and Pastor Eric Vaughan said it was money well spent. About 120 people were able to fuel up during the ministry.
“It was a neat, neat day,” he said. “A lot of people were surprised, and their first question was ‘Who are you?’”
When customers learned a church was helping them fill their tanks and washing their windows, many stopped for longer conversations. Meeting so many people in such a positive way made the expense paltry in relation to the good will engendered, Vaughan stressed.
“It was all about blessing the community, and that’s what our church is all about—just loving people,” he said.