Vandals burn church youth center

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 11, 2008

AIKEN, S.C.---Millbrook Baptist Church is a beacon of light with more than 3,000 worshipers. They are now picking up the pieces after the youth center is vandalized in the cover of darkness.

"You know several years ago you would think this would be the last place you would think a break-in would occur," said David Revelle.

David Revelle has been a member of the church for 10 years. This is the first time the high school worship center, known as the Rock, was targeted. So, why now?

"Could have been a youthful prank, could have been something else, I'm not sure, but it's not good," said David.

There is an empty space where the computer once sat. The monitor, keyboard, and thousands of dollars of sound equipment were left behind.

"We use the computer and the systems out there to run our worship for the kids, so it's gonna put us behind, but thankfully nobody was hurt," said David.

Vandals set the only portion of the building made of all brick on fire. Now workers are working around the clock trying to get things back in order for Sunday.

"We'll recover and be able to have kids in here for their Sunday school and their worship service," said David.

It will come in the shadow of boarded up windows and fans running at full speed swatting away the smell of smoke.

"That's disappointing whenever you're trying to do something for the community and some individual wants to try to destroy it," said David.

It's a facility that serves as the weekly worship center for hundreds of young people.

"It just proves where we are at in the world...you know...that we're faced with trials and tests, but it's how you respond to those trials...that's the testimony," said David.

David tells us the church will have to purchase a new computer. In the meantime, Sunday's service will be a little different...no computer graphics. The doors of the youth center will be open...as usual.


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