Church Continues Service Despite Vandalism

By: Jennifer M. Weaver Email
By: Jennifer M. Weaver Email

Lily Missionary Baptist Church members arrived to find broken windows and many of the church doors busted on Saturday.

"Just stuff every place, walls torn up, equipment broken down, just a horrendous sight to see," said Albert Peterson, who serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board.

Lily Baptist is no stranger to vandalism but Pastor James Hines says this was definitely the worst, taking everything from cash to irreplaceable jewelry.

"There was a ring my father had given me, my father is deceased so I used it to preach on first Sundays, they took that" Hines said.

The vandals also took Lily's17 passenger van, leaving the church with at least a $50,000 bill and the tracks to prove it.

"When you put the van in, which was totaled because they rolled it, that itself is going to be around $30,000," Peterson said.

Despite the vandalism the church was back to it's normal routine that included morning and evening services but Pastor Hines says the break-in is a product of a much deeper problem.

"What is a 13-year-old doing at four in the morning without supervision?" said Hines, "Where is the responsibility to a 17-year-old, I know there building a prison but I think its a home problem."

Lily is expected to increase security in response to the vandalism.

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