In Carthage, Missouri, a local church did something useful for the community.
They helped lower the gas prices to $1.99/gallon.
The difference in price was bought by the Forest Park Baptist Church (Carthage Campus) — up to 15 gallons for the first 150 people who came by the Tiger Alley gas station.
Even though the church did not publicize the buy-down, lines soon sprouted on both Fairview Street and River Street. The 150 drivers passed through the store in less than three hours…
It was a cheerful bunch of volunteers who scurried about directing traffic, pumping gas and cleaning windows.
“I wanted to give back to my community,” said Cyndie Coolie, Carthage, as she washed windows. “I love God and this is my opportunity to show the community what a good thing we’ve got going at Forest Park. I’m proud to pump gas and I hope my husband doesn’t get too used to me washing windows.”
Charlene Bridges, drove one of the last of the 150 cars that got gas in the event.
“This is a great savings and a big help,” Bridges said. “A friend of mine called me after she’d been here and told me about it. I think it’s wonderful to see a church coming out to help the community like this.”
I didn’t read anything in the article about proselytization from the volunteers while pumping gas.
For the sake of the next question, let’s assume it didn’t happen.
Would any of the atheists reading this have turned down the offer…?
(via Friendly Christian)