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Oklahoma Church Administered Gas for Christmas


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Because of the holidays I have decided to break from my usual fare of the truly bizarre and the ritualistic to share with you a story of an Oklahoma City church that gave the gift of gas this year.

The Net Church congregation pumped out $15,000 worth of gasoline early Sunday morning to eager motorists, The Oklahoman reported.

Rev. Joe Tudman said, "We wish we could fill up all the cars, but we can't, so we wanted to give everybody $20 worth of free gas."  Adding, "This is all tithes from our people."

Cars began lining up at the gas station at 3 a.m., and volunteers started pumping around 7 a.m., the good Reverend said.

The demand for free gas outweighed the church’s $8,000 expectation. Around 9:15 a.m. Tudman feeling the Christmas spirit gave another $7,000. In all, the church gave $20.00 worth of gas to 750 cars Sunday.

"I'm a firm believer in giving things away. That's what the Bible says," the pastor said.

A motorist, who ran out of gas while waiting, was thankfully pushed down the street by an SUV, and then pushed by volunteers to the pump.

"I started not to come," she said. "I didn't have much gas, but I said a prayer, and something told me to come. I didn't think I'd make it, and I didn't. The lady behind me pushed me."

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