Medway church forgives vandals, invited to church

Vandalism to church in Medway. (Photo/Clark County Sheriff's Office)

MEDWAY, Ohio (WDTN) — A Medway church is looking through rose-colored glasses when it comes to vandals destroying their food pantry.

Medway Church Pastor Mike Berry says it didn’t take long for the congregation to know what they wanted to do.

“We have totally forgiven them,” he said.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Andrew Baker, 20, and Bryce Whitt, 20, broke into the Medway Church and left a trail of destruction.

“But to break into this church, and destroy this church, that is beyond belief.”

Whitt faced a judge in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday. He’s being charged with safecracking and breaking and entering. He pled not guilty and is being held in Clark County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Medway Church didn’t wait long to figure out what they wanted to do.

“We went outside and made a circle, and just prayed for whoever did this and prayed for our church to grow stronger as a result from this,”

This isn’t the first time deputies say Whitt and Baker broke into a church.

Seven churches, over a four county area were burglarized. The suspects took money and electronics, and they left a calling card.

“This place was just trashed. It was just a mess.”

The alleged burglars trashed a food pantry which served 900 families last year.

“Within about an hour.. 100 people were here helping to clean up.”

For Pastor Berry, the open door policy remains open.

“We would love for them to be here as soon as possible and we know that if they did come here, their lives would be changed and they would never want to act that way again. They would feel total love here. Total love.”

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