Seeking lower gasoline prices, the “Pray at the Pump Movement” has been holding prayer vigils at gas stations around the country. On Monday, the group’s founder, Rocky Twyman, spent the afternoon outside of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington praying and collecting signatures petitioning Saudi Arabia to release more oil.
Twyman, who is a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, hopes to deliver the petition to the Saudi oil minister to encourage the country to increase its production from 200,000 to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day.
"Our people are really suffering through this crisis," Twyman told Cybercast News Service. "We need the Saudis to release at least 1.2 [million] barrels of oil per day for about the next six months until we can get everything settled in America ... If they can just do that for us, then this will help us get through this crisis."
"I think we have just entered a new phase. We were in the prayerful phase, but now we're going into a more activist phase, because we feel that whole faith without works is dead," he continued.
Twyman is also known for having helped begin the first national campaign to encourage African Americans to become bone marrow donors.