Church pastor calls recent robbery a blessing

Published: Oct. 1, 2015 at 1:46 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 15, 2015 at 3:19 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Baptist church in Valley Station is still putting pieces back together more than one week after it was vandalized and robbed.
The robbery happened at Sun Valley General Baptist Church, located at 9818 Lower River Road. It's undetermined what day the break-in took place, but Pastor Clay Collins said it was between Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 20.
Pastor Bill Collins said intruders kicked in a side door and a Plexiglas window before they climbed in.

"Our Deacon was the first person to arrive for the Sunday service and found the damage," Collins said. "He went into the sanctuary and everything was gone."

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Collins said the thieves stole a sound system and other electronics used during services totaling at least $5,000. A jug full of coins, totaling $500, was also stolen. The money was raised by church members to fund an upcoming event.
As of Wednesday, the church had received more than $1,700. Collins said all of the donations have been made by individuals.
A couple, who chose to remain anonymous, has vowed to donate a new sound system. Collins said the one stolen was donated and the church could never afford another one on its own.
Another volunteer is replacing the windows and door that were broken.
"The $500 stolen from us, God has replaced that now three times over," Collins said. "That is just what God does, you can't out do him."
The Deacon of the church, Charles Short, said the theft has turned into a blessing.
"We're so thankful," Short said. "Being a little church, most of our members don't have a whole lot."
The break-in has not stopped services at the church. Collins said his congregation of 18 feels even stronger than before.
Muhammad Babar is scheduled to meet with Collins on Monday, more than three weeks after his Islamic Mosque was vandalized.
No suspects have been named in this robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (502) 574-LMPD.

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