Cries of "Free Gas" met drivers as they pulled into a local gas station/convenience store Saturday afternoon in Columbus.
Drivers pulling into the Circle K at 2nd Avenue and Manchester Expressway, at least the first hundred, received $5 worth of free gas, courtesy of the Bread of Life Christian Center. They didn't even have to pump it themselves. Congregation members pumped the gas, washed their windshields, and provided them information about the churches ministries if they wanted it.
Alonzo Burns, the minister of evangelism at the church, said it is one of several ways the church reaches out into the community. "We want to bridge the gap between the church and the community," said Burns. The gas giveaway was part of the SECURE campaign at the church, with the acronym SECURE standing for "seeking everyone courageously using relative evangelism."
For their part, the management at Circle K lowered the price from $2.88 to $2.79 a gallon for the event and offered customers free coffee, fountain drinks and some free food items.
"They are good customers of ours throughout the year so we wanted to support them,"said Gary Arnold of the store.
The event was the second of the day where the church helped others, said the Bishop L.D. Skinner, senior Pastor at the church. Earlier, they provided hot meals for 65 homeless along the northern part of the Columbus Riverwalk, which he said they do every six weeks.
"We are trying to fulfill the commandment of Christ to minister to the homeless, Skinner said.