POSTED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 6:30am
UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 6:34am
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — East Bayou Baptist is in shock after being broken into Monday night. Executive Pastor Lyndale Holloway was one of the first to notice shattered glass. It was from a brick that was thrown into a window in order to gain entry into the church.
"We're just disappointed that it would happen because we do so much to try to help the community and for this type of thing to happen..it's just disappointing," says Lyndale Holloway, Executive Pastor.
Total damage to the church is estimated around $8 to $9 thousand, with computers, guitars, keyboards, and even a defibrilator stolen. Some musical equipment was left outside that was completely ruined due to the rain, and all throughout the church they are still finding things out of place and missing.
"The people that go to this church, the leaders of this church they do a lot to try to help the community to try to help people that are hurting, people that are broken, people who don't have a lot so for something like this to happen to the church and the people that work here..it's really heartbreaking," says Kori Stansbury, six-year member of the church.
The church is thankful there was not extreme damage and look forward to holding their regularly scheduled Christmas pageant this coming Sunday. Members of this congregation are expressing their extreme gratitude to churches around the area that are offering their help and support in this time of need.
The investigation is still ongoing and authorities are hopeful that they will find who did this.