“I never thought in 100 years I would see this place looking like this,” stated Pastor Clifford Walls.
HOUSTON — A Houston church identified for its neighborhood outreach is struggling after being the goal of thieves and vandals a number of times in current months.
Hunter Memorial Church of God in Christ sits on the nook of Airline Drive and Neyland Street in north Houston. From the surface, it appears to be like just like the neighborhood beacon that it has been for many years. However, from the within, it’s clear the church has taken a beating.
“I never thought in 100 years I would see this place looking like this,” stated Pastor Clifford Walls, the brother of the primary pastor of the church. (*6*)
Walls says they typically feed the hungry and supply clothes to the poor. During the peak of COVID, though church providers stopped, outreach continued.
About six months in the past, as they ready to reopen absolutely, somebody broke in, minimize the water pipes and flooded the constructing, in keeping with Walls. They labored to wash the church up simply to be damaged into once more.
Speakers, devices, copper from the 2 air con models, together with garments and different gadgets had been stolen. Back then, cameras and movement lights had been put in, however these had been taken too. Walls says the church was damaged into at the least twelve times over six months, reducing via partitions to get inside. It seems they had been sleeping there too.
The church was additionally vandalized. Windows had been busted, furnishings had been minimize open, the partitions spray painted, and even the bathrooms and sinks had been ripped from the partitions.
Over six months Walls says damages are estimated at $150,000.
“Several times we’ve come in and cleaned up, a week later they get back in and trash the place out. For us to be going through this over and over again, it’s just kind of heartbreaking.”
Walls says they’ve tried to get extra assist from Houston Police and the City however have felt pissed off with the shortage of response. On Tuesday, Mayor Turner and Chief Finner had a cellphone meeting with Ken Walls, the church’s head pastor. The church is hopeful extra assist will come because of this.
Right now, Walls is leaning on religion that this holy place will someway be made complete once more.
“I just believe the Lord; he’s just going to make a way. He’s going to make a way for us to get all this back together,” he stated.