Pastor Stacy Holden was surprised to hear the site of his new church, Lighthouse Holiness Tabernacle, was vandalized two times in as many weeks.
"In my wildest imaginations I wouldn't think that somebody would not even have respect for the house of God," Holden said. "You would think that people would have more of a conscience than that. Evidently, they don't."
It all started March 9, when Holden says someone stole several small items and the heavy doors off the front of the building.
"I've never heard of that in all my life," Holden said. "Why would someone want to steal the doors off a church?"
The bad luck didn't end there. Sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, another group of vandals picked up bricks from the outside, took them inside the sanctuary, and sent them sailing through two of their windows.
"Churches unfortunately have the come the way of just about any other business or residential area," said Shreveport Police Corporal Marcus Hines. "Nothing is sacred anymore. You don't see it as often as residential burglary, but you see it more than you should."
Police were able to lift a finger print from the back door, but Hines says he is not sure how helpful it will be since so many construction workers and church members visited the site before the vandalism.
The two break-ins will cost $8,000-10,000 and potentially push back the completion date. Still, Holden hopes to be in their new house of worship by next Easter.
"The Devil meant this for evil, but God has got to have something good come of out this," Holden said.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Shreveport Crimestoppers at (817) 673-7373.
Lighthouse Holiness Tabernacle will hold a bike-a-thon fundraiser April 13th to cover construction costs. Holden says their looking for people to sponsor riders.
To donate make checks payable to:
Lighthouse Holiness Tabernacle P.O. Box 19098 Shreveport, La.71149
For more information contact:
Pastor Stacy Holden 318-455-5753 LighthouseHolinessTabernacle@gmail.com