First Baptist Church of Marlow, Oklahoma, holds an annual $1 gas buy down. Volunteers stake out a local gas station from 8 a.m. to noon and buy down the price of gas to $1 per gallon for up to 20 gallons. Each patron also receives a window wash, information about the church, and an offer to pray for them—with no strings attached. The outreach event is about building relationships with people in the community surrounding the church.
"People are developing a different attitude about our church," said senior pastor Joe Ligon. "I think they are learning to trust us. I heard a lady who is not a church member and probably not a Christ follower tell her family that we were doing what the church should be doing."1