ELON, N.C. -- A local church community is hoping a spray paint vandal
will come forward after the criminal vandalized Westside Fellowship church in
task members of Westside Fellowship weren't planning on performing Wednesday
"I've never even thought
somebody would do something like this," said pressure washing owner Ricky
Vaughn. "And why, is my question."
The cryptic message was
spray painted on the side of their church in Alamance County. Staff drove up to
find it there this morning. The message is difficult to decipher but you can
clearly see the name of the church and the word "die."
Church members say they take part in a lot of outreach so
it's hard to believe they would be targeted.
"The church comes across as a loving agent to the
community and so it's sad that it's not respected for that," said parishioner Alicia Copland.
"Very disappointing to see the church building defaced as
this but the reality is, it's just a building and it's just a little bit of
paint," added Associate
Pastor Kurt Ward.
Church members have their own message they want to spread to who did
this. "We want them to know that we would be willing to extend
forgiveness," said Ward. "We want them to know that they're loved."
help of a local cleaning company, the church is now graffiti-free. Church leaders say they hope whoever did this will come
forward so they can sit down and have a discussion with them.
The church is now planning a special
service on Sunday morning to pray for healing. And they're hoping to hear from
God about why this happened.
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