As gas prices continue to surge in California—surpassing even the federal minimum wage of $7.25 at some Los Angeles gas stations and topping $8 at a downtown station—one South L.A. church is doing what it can to provide at least some temporary relief for those burdened by the pain at the pump.
On June 18, the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will be blessing approximately 400 South L.A. residents with $20,000 worth of free gas. It will be first come, first served for those looking to fill up at the Shell station located at 5805 Crenshaw Blvd (at the intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson) beginning at 9am.
“What sparked this idea is the need,” said Pastor Joshua Daniels. “We believe that where there’s a need, God wants the church to meet that need. Right now, gas prices are exorbitant, and we believe that this will be a way to help a lot of families and to just show the community that Jesus cares. Everybody doesn’t necessarily need a sermon. Some people need supplies, so we want to try and supply this need.”
The event is part of the church’s “Zion Cares” outreach and is the second effort Daniels has undertaken since being called as the church’s senior pastor last church. In December, the church fed 1,000 people over the Christmas holidays.
“Mt. Zion has been involved in missions and outreach for decades, most notably under the leadership of Dr. E.V. Hill,” adds Daniels. “We’ve rebranded as Zion Cares because we want our city to know us as a church that cares about community.”