The response of Pastor Davante Hill of One church in Memphis was commended by people over damage of the church auditorium causing damages worth thousands of dollars.
In a report by WMC-TV Musical instruments were broken, paint had been thrown at the walls, pews were destroyed, and 90 percent of the chairs had been damaged. The vandals also stole money and several speakers.
“Somebody was really angry,” Pastor Hill told WMC. He continued “When I walked in… what broke me, was not the condition of the sanctuary,” he explained. “What broke me was the condition of someone’s heart to be willing to do such a thing.”
Memphis Police Department made it known that the damages worth about $20,000 by the response of Pastor Hill even gain more attention of the people
“I would love for whoever is responsible to consider my heart when I say, I love you and God still loves you. And that this is not the end, there is life after this,” he told WMC. “And that whatever it is that has you broken, whatever it is that has you destroyed on the inside, there is help for you.”
Pastor Hill said in a smiling Facebook live video on the experience, “I have sincerely gone through one of the worst things any pastor has ever gone through, aside from losing family members,” he began, describing what happened last Sunday. “It was one of the most hurtful experiences that I have ever, ever, ever had.”
According to Faith Wire He went on to describe the overwhelming amount of support that has poured in this week from all over the country.
“It’s just been amazing to know what the people of God think of One Church in this season. And I’m just honored,” he said, noting that renovations are underway to build a “brand-new sanctuary.”
He added “I wanted to ensure that I invited each and every one of you guys to service tomorrow.”
Pastor Hill said that even though the sanctuary is incomplete — he noted “there are no floors,” except for a temporary foam that goes over the incomplete foundation — he was expecting “God to move in an incredible way.”
“I’m not going to allow the enemy to move me out of my house. It’s just not gonna work that way,” he said. “I just don’t believe in giving the enemy victory.”
He however noted that church is more important than structure, so nothing can disrupt worship.
“The church is so much bigger than the structure,” he told WCM. “Our church just so happens to be in our heart.”
Although the Pastor believes that the act was executed by someone who is familiar to the church.
No footage of the incident yet as power was cut before the act thereby turning off the security cameras. Police are still investigating the incident.
Your prayer for Pastor Hill and the whole congregation will help a lot in moving forward in faith.