By Victor Ochieng
It’s rare to drive into a petrol station and get your tank replenished without paying for it, but that’s possible this Friday, courtesy of a Detroit Church that’s celebrating Good Friday by sparing a “$10K Gas Giveaway” for city residents. This will also include a free oil change.
The New Life Family Church is set to hold the “$10K Gas Giveaway” as from today, Friday, April 14, at 9 a.m. The free gas will be availed at a BP Gas Station located at 8 Mile Road and Livernois, with the oil change done at City Oil Change on Livernois at Curtis. Both entities entered into a partnership with the church towards this cause.
Any Detroiter who’d like to benefit must arrive at the stations early enough as the distribution will be done on a first come first serve basis.
“People won’t even have to get out of their cars while our teams are pumping their gas,” Pastor Welton Smith told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “We’re also going to be kind of ministering to them, checking on them. Some people may need prayer or something.”
Not everyone is welcome though. The church has made it clear that the treat is strictly targeting city residents.
The now 10-year-old congregation is seeking to put a smile on the faces of at least 500 Detroit residents as they celebrate Good Friday.
“We’re just going to kind of bless the city — while supplies last — so you kinda want people to get in line as early as they can,” Smith added. “We’re just really going to do something pleasant for our city during Jesus Weekend, and that’s really all it’s about.”
Christians from across the globe are using Easter Holidays to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, understanding that it’s the only way through which the humankind is delivered from the bondage of sin and hope for eternity restored.
Several churches are doing their best to ensure that their parishioners enjoy Easter Holidays together. Some have organized events in their churches, while others are jointly extending their helping hands to the needy.
Some individuals and families are also having their own plans for the holidays. Being the first holiday of the year that offers four straight days off, some are going for family outings or visiting relatives, as others simply take the time to relax at home, literally.
All in all, it’s a beautiful season that’s filled with acts of love and compassion.