Durham church gives away free gas
A Durham church gave away about $6,000 worth of free gas to several hundred drivers Saturday morning.Posted — Updated
Members of Greater Joy International Ministries, 2000 Chapel Hill Road, manned the pumps as drivers lined up outside Lakewood BP, 218 W. Lakewood Ave., and Tri-Star Mobile, 2900 Chapel Hill Blvd.
Some cars ran out of gas while waiting in line, and members pushed them to the gas stations.
Between 300 and 400 drivers got $25 worth of gas, Pastor Tiff McCarter estimated.
"Many individuals arriving at the stations were in awe and expressed disbelief and gratitude that a church would be so giving to community residents," church staff member Belinda Greene said in a statement.
Drivers were then invited to get breakfast at the church's expense at the Biscuitville across the street. The church spent about $500 on free breakfasts, McCarter said.
"Church is beyond the walls of a building. We are to be a presence in the community, blessing, encouraging and compelling people to the kingdom," Greene said.
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