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CLEVELAND – Instead of preparing for Sunday service, a pair of Cleveland pastors are cleaning up their ransacked church after someone broke in and stole close to $1,000.

Way of Escape Ministries was the target of a thief or thieves Friday evening. The suspect escaped with the church safe, financial records, checks and cash meant for children.

“We’re not a big church,” Pastor Renae Moore said. “A lot of our families are not well to do. So everything that we do we have to push for it so our families are hurting, our church is hurting, our community will be hurting because of this as well.”

Pastor Moore is co-pastor along with her husband. They’ve been at their Denison Avenue church for around eight years.

On Saturday, a group gathered to repair broken glass and board up the shattered front door. Thieves also stole all the food in several of the church’s refrigerators. The frozen food was meant to feed the homeless and veterans. It’s a monthly service the pastors said they work hard to provide their community.

The church has started a GoFundMe account to help replace the stolen money and food. Click here to go to the account.



Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland

Picture Courtesy of Walter Zerla and Getty Images

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