Camden church burglarized once again

Camden church burglary

March 29, 2013 2:32:42 PM PDT
For the second time in as many years, a church in Camden, New Jersey has been hit by burglars.

Pastor David King of the Community Baptist Church was cleaning up on Friday after thieves broke through an office window and stole three large speaker monitors from the pulpit.

"I think they must have took a cinder block and kept banging, kept banging," King said. "That's quite a bit of damage."

With minutes to go before Good Friday services, the church struggled to cobble together a sound system.

This isn't the way they planned to celebrate Resurrection weekend.

In the end, the Good Friday service went on just a little behind schedule.

As the faithful sang praise, police crime scene investigators collected evidence. It was a jarring reminder of the grinding poverty and social ills that lie just beyond the bullet riddled stained glass windows.

Marguita Holman brought her children, never expecting to see the police as part of the Easter pageant.

"That's terrible, to come into God's house and destroy something that He built, to take from Him is not right. Not right at all," Holman said.

Pastor King and his church have been featured on ABC's 20/20 and in national publications as a beacon of hope in this crime-ravaged city.

Once again they find themselves victims of crime. But, King says, they will recover.

"Might not be the richest in commodities," King said. "But in giving and in love and taking care of people who have been cast out, we are millionaires!" he said.