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Church Van Vandalized

Reported by: Send eMail Katelyn Sykes
Videographer: Sean Morrison
Reported: Jul. 15, 2014 12:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
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Church Van Vandalized
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Lens Creek , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Members of a Kanawha County church community are coming together after a van their church uses to transport the elderly and children was vandalized.

Someone smashed the windshield of the transport van belonging to the Lens Creek Church of the Nazarene.

"I just couldn't believe that first of all that we have people who would actually vandalize a church van, which I know it happens with churches and everything else, but when it happens at your home church it's really, I don't know, I don't have words to describe it," said Johnny Walker, church board member.

Walker said he was picking up the van Monday night so he could take children to Bible School. When he opened the door, he noticed glass on the seat and the shattered windshield.

"If they vandalize something with the church that's God's house, then I hate to think what they would do to children, older people, a needy person,” Walker said. “It's just hard to believe they would actually do that."

Walker said the only thing missing out of the van was the inspection sticker. He said this church was vandalized in the past. The lawnmower and weedeater were stolen out of the outbuilding.

But Walker posted this latest incident on Facebook and the support he got was tremendous. People, many of whom don’t even belong to this church, started offering money and services to get the van fixed. Quality Auto Glass is installing a brand new windshield for free.

Walker said even though this incident in upsetting and troubling, he has forgiven whoever was behind it. He said it’s the good people of the community who bring hope and their faith helps them to continue on with the church's work.

"God says turn the other cheek, so forgive and that's what we do,” he said. “And we go on."

Walker said the Marmet Volunteer Fire Department also is planning on holding a boot drive on Thursday. Any money raised was going toward the windshield repair, but since that is now taken care of, Walker said the theme of the Bible School is to make sure kids around the world have access to clean, drinking water. He said that money will go toward that mission.

Walker said the church also will talk about putting up a surveillance system around the building. He is also encouraging people who live in that area to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.



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