Church seems to be magnet for burglars in SE Houston

The pastor says his church has been hit again and again, and he wants more help from police
December 2, 2013 4:49:37 PM PST
Members of a Houston church say they're praying for the thieves who stole their generators, forcing the congregation to worship in the dark. It happened at a small church in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Pastor Darryl Barber of the Uncompromising God's Word Fellowship Ministries says there have been several similar incidents at the church since it opened 11 years ago. He feels that his concerns aren't being taken seriously by police.

Barber says the church's two generators used for electricity were stolen over the weekend. So on Monday parishioners worshipped hand in hand, in the dark, leaving the door open to let light into the church.

"Eight to ten times we've been vandalized," Barber said. "On top of being vandalized, we've had people illegally dump trash over here."

Volunteers like 80-year-old Johnny Johnson work to keep the ministry going. Parishioners claim Houston police have been slow to respond to complaints here, in an area they call high crime and low income.

Eyewitness News reached out to Houston police. Soon after, an officer came by to take a thorough report. The pastor calls it progress, as he's determined to keep the ministry going in his neighborhood.

The church is trying to raise money to buy new generators but in the meantime, will continue to hold services in the dark.

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