PASTOR ASKS CHURCH COMMUNITY TO FORGIVE BURGLARS AFTER BREAK-IN

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Cambrian News photographer - Elim Pentecostal Church in Aberystwyth was broken into on Friday, 12 April

AN Aberystwyth church has been targeted by burglars who broke in and set off fire extinguishers.

The Cambrian News reported “Elim Pentecostal Church in South Road was broken into over the weekend of Friday, 13 April.

Pastor Joel Pridmore, who discovered the burglary when he attended the church with his children, said a lock had been damaged, fire extinguishers discharged and sweets stolen from his office.

Pastor Pridmore said despite the problems caused by the break-in, the church community should seek to forgive those responsible.

Pastor Pridmore said: “We are very disappointed by the recent incident that caused an estimated £200 worth of damage to our church building.

“The lock on the door was broken and three fire extinguishers were set off.

“We would ask anyone who has any information about this to contact the police who are appealing for witnesses as part of their investigation.”

In a blog post he said: “So how do we respond to an incident like this as a Christ-centred community?

“We can experience anger – yes. We can want justice – yes.

“But above all we should endeavour to express a heart like that which God has expressed toward us.

“A heart by which mercy triumphs over judgement, forgiveness defeats offence and favour trumps anger.

“So our heart is to seek to reflect the heart of God – even toward those who have wronged us.

“I think this means forgiving and praying for those who wrong us and in our situation hoping that the offenders somehow experience and are transformed by the presence and love of God.

“We need not live in fear whilst ensuring we remain vigilant and aware of security matters.

“This kind of response is easier in a situation where the damage done is relatively minor, but our experience can help us grow in expressing God’s heart in this way.”

Police appealed for anyone with any information to contact PC Hughes 459 at Aberystwyth Police Station” here.

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