Pastor speaks out after church vandalized 5 times

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by Michaela MacDonald

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Churchman Chapel has been in the Iroquois area for over 30 years. Their pastor says in the last month, they've been vandalized five times---mostly with graffiti, but Wednesday they had a window smashed in.

 
"To know that somebody would actually go out of their way to deface property that doesn't even belong to them it's a lack of respect, conscience, lack of even caring," Travis Billings said , pastor of Churchman Chapel.
 
Billings says some of the messages written on their church have been "I hate you. God is the devil" and "I hate God, hope he dies."
 
"Really it's just kind of disturbing that somebody would think that way. For us as a church we believe God is real," Billings said.
 
Nancy French is a member of the church and also the co-captain of the neighborhood watch. She says this increased vandalism is not only at the church, but all around the neighborhood. 
 
"I just can't understand why somebody would do something to a church when they're trying to help somebody," French said. "We are trying we are trying our best to do what we can. It has come down, but still it's still going on."
 
Billings and church members are hopeful speaking out will stop the vandalism. 
 
"Hopefully, people will see this and maybe ramp up efforts to clean the area up for some of the neighbors. A lot of people that live here are great people and they love the area too," Billings said. 
 

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