DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton church that opened four months ago has been hit twice by burglars in one day.
The pastor of Active Church, Julian Littlejohn, says he was notified of the first break-in early on Tuesday.
“It was absolutely disturbing for me,” he said, “It appears that they broke the deadbolt.”
According to Littlejohn, the intruders busted the back door to get inside and got away with the office TV.
“I thought, whew, it could have been much worse,” he said.
But then it did. Pastor Littlejohn says he left to make an appointment with a security system company and when he came back he noticed more items missing.
“There was another break-in. This time they ripped the projector off the wall. Took some things off the back and completely wrecked the wall there,” he said.
The young pastor says about 20 members make up the congregation. One that according to him, has lots of faith but little finances.
“Honestly, I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said, “It’s a very rough patch for us to be in but it’s very hard when I’m already carrying a lot of the costs by myself.”
He says he forgives those who stole from the church and also takes this as a lesson that he and his congregation have now learned.
“I just hope that this is a teachable moment for all of us that the suffering people are living with are leading them to do things that they might not even want to do. The question is, what are we going to do about it?” he said.
Pastor Littlejohn says area churches need to come together and be more forward in their approach to helping people in any way that’s needed.
Active Church has set up a GoFundMe page for those wanting to help.
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