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Reported by Ben Watson

Church attack hasn't put a damper on Memphis congregation's faith

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Members of an Arlington church are relying on their faith to move forward following a senseless attack on their place of worship.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, vandals broke into Hammond Grove Baptist Church and destroyed almost everything in sight. They knocked over the pulpit, ripped a picture of Jesus from its frame and stole electronic equipment.

Rev. James Adams said that, after hitting the sanctuary, the vandals continued their spree of destruction next door at the church's family life center.

"And then to go into my conference room over there, and see...all kinds of hot sauce sprayed all over the wall and all over plaques, and things of this nature."

Church members spent two days cleaning up and repairing the damage. 

But in the midst of it all, the people of Hammond Grove say they harbor no ill will towards the perpetrators.

"We do forgive them because we believe that they just don't realize what it is that they've done," said church member Patricia Ray.

Rev. Adams says he credits their sister church, St. Stephen Baptist, for helping Hammond Grove move past this incident.

And church members like Ray say the crime hasn't put a damper on their trust in God.

"We just want the world to know that you got to walk on by faith!"

So far, no arrests have been made in the case. 

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