Church members to thieves: ‘We just want the van back’

Members of a Henry County church say they have forgiven the thieves who stole a van they use to take children to community events.

“We’re not looking to arrest anybody,” said Jimmy Moore, a member of Lighthouse Community Church in Stockbridge. “We’re not looking to turn you in. We basically just want the van back.”

Church members discovered the van was stolen just before Sunday’s service, Channel 2 Action News reported. In the van’s place was a pile of shattered glass from the van’s window.


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For Deacon Terry Brooks, the theft impacts the church’s ability to take children to events. 

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“They didn’t hurt the church,” he told Channel 2. “They hurt the community because we use the van to help the community.”

The church is now down to one van. 

Moore begged the thieves to “look into your heart” and return the van.

“If not,” he said, “we know God’s gonna do what God’s gonna do.”


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