Known acts of vandalism at Christian churches in North America have been minor this week. These are the ones reported to Texas Gospel Canada:
Fox8tv reports the building belonging to the Church of the Transfiguration in Conemaugh, Pennsylvania had, “a lot of widespread damage,” as well as items related to worship stolen. WJAC TV reports the church has a 100-year history with the local community.
Police in Texas are looking for a man caught on video vandalizing a church building. Officers in the US say the individual may be responsible for five additional criminal acts at buildings belonging to other congregations.
Security cameras caught video of a man inside the Missionary Baptist Church of Hughes Springs, Texas, where offices were ransacked and money set aside for a congregation member’s funeral was stolen. Nearby Turkey Creek Baptist church and New Colony Baptist Church had damage to their buildings that appeared to have happened in a similar manner. Two other churches have been targeted since January.
Police have not said why the vandals targeted specifically church buildings.
Two men are charged with a string of burglaries that happened at church buildings in Dartmouth, N.S. late last year. Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Division say both men are 28. One is a resident of Dartmouth and the other is of Timberlea.
The break-ins happened between September 17 and 20. Congregations whose buildings were damaged as the pair stole their property include South End Baptist Church, Lutheran Church of our Savior, Church of the Holy Spirit, Grace Baptist Church, and St. James United Church.
Police have not said why the men targeted churches.
A church building in Dallas, Texas is a total loss following a fire Thursday.
A fire department spokesperson said fire was reported at the New Light Church in Dallas’ Pleasant Grove community around 1:30 a.m. The building was fully involved with flames when the first crew arrived.
The Pastor of the church did a Facebook Live to show the destruction.
“This is not the New Life Church. This is where the New Life Church congregates…. It is not the body, the members of the church, that’s the body of the New Life Church. Tonight the Body is still intact,” said Pastor Marian Rabb standing in front of the rubble left by the fire.
An arson investigator said they received a report of a man walking away from the back of the church building around the time the fire started. It is not yet known if the fire is a case of arson.