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Church ministry saving on gas despite price increase

Drivers across Texas are feeling the pain at the pump with gas prices jumping 13-cents.

"Gas prices their ridiculous I need an extra job to pay for gas," said Wilma Pye, Houston Traveler.  

According to the latest AAA survey, the average price per gallon in Texas rings up at $3.49 in East Texas it's a dime more expensive.

"It fluctuates all the time, one minute your at the pump and its says one thing and then you drive by later after you fill it up its lower or higher," said Sharon Johnson, Children's Pastor, Claw son Assembly of God.

 Wilma Pye is driving through Lufkin to Houston. The spike is an unexpected addition to her travel costs. 

"Gas prices there were $3.52 and it took 55 to 60 dollars to fill up this little truck and then I got to East Texas I had to fill up again its $3.59," said Pye.

The drought in the mid-west is also contributing to the rising price of crude oil. With wide swings in prices the bus ministry at Clawson Assembly of God refuses to park their message.

"We have a gas tank in the back so we can buy diesel whole sale that way it won't be such a big concern because we were watching prices for quite some time," said Johnson.

The ministry has nine bus routes that transport about 400 students from, wells, Rivercrest, Hudson and Central to-and -from the church.

Their investment in a 16-hundred gallon tank is making fueling less of a hassle.

 "We know that our credit card isn't swiped as much, we have seen a great difference in our bills we're a lot happier with it," said Johnson.

Industry experts believe the prices will eventually go down when summer traveling comes to an end.

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