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Reported by Jason Miles

Memphis pastor attacked outside church talks only on 5

"You can't lose faith," says Pastor Fred Hobbs from his bed at Methodist University Hospital.

You probably couldn't blame Hobbs if he did lose a little faith.

"Jesus didn't lose faith," says Hobbs.

His head is bandaged.  He's hooked up to a machine.  But this 83 year-old is not shaken.

"You know, you just have to turn it over to the Lord and go on," says Hobbs.

Wednesday morning, Hobbs was beaten and robbed outside his church near downtown Memphis.  He has guided the Church of Christ Holiness for nearly 20 years.

"I didn't see nobody, didn't hear nobody," Hobbs recalls.

The attacker stole his wallet after sneaking up and smacking him in the back of the head.

"He knocked me out," says Hobbs.  "I was out," he adds.

Pastor Hobbs has no idea what the robber used to hit him in the head.  He thinks it might have been a 2x4 found on the ground nearby.  Hobbs was left lying on the front steps where he woke up with no recollection of the crime.

"And there's a little bleeding coming from my brain and that's why I'm in here," Hobbs tells us from his bed.

"Man, that's a shame," says one church neighbor.

Hobbs and his 35-member congregation give back to their community by giving away food and clothing every single week.

"And for somebody to do that, man.." adds the neighbor.

Many here can't imagine who might attack the pastor.

"They pitiful," says another neighbor.  "They pathetic," he adds.

The attack has left the pastor unafraid.

"I'm not afraid," says Hobbs.  "I just need to be more watchful now," he adds.

Pastor Hobbs says he would welcome his attacker back so he could help change his ways.

"That's all we can do, is pray for him," says Hobbs.

The pastor hopes to be back home in time for Sunday services.  His attacker remains on the run.

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