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Youngstown pastor wants to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with thieves

Published: Thu, February 21, 2013 @ 2:41 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The pastor and congregation of a South Side church recently burglarized are asking the perpetrators to come forward, not for punishment, but for prayer and fellowship.

According to a police report, someone forced open a rear door at the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on Parkcliffe Avenue earlier this week. Once inside, the intruders ransacked several offices before running off with a television and other valuables.

The Rev. Lewis Macklin, pastor, was riding past the building when he noticed the rear door open. He stopped to check on the building and realized a front door was also open.

Police said the thieves entered through the rear and left out the front door carrying the stolen goods.

The Rev. Mr. Macklin said the break in will cost the church several thousand dollars in replacement and repair costs, but in this particular case he is not looking for reimbursement. He said the church would just like the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the thieves.

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1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Wonderful idea but your dealing with wanna b gangstas that have no value of human life or any kind of conscience. Stealing from a church, how low can you go. Bet there mama's are so proud of them.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


"People that do crimes need to be told about Jesus and His forgiving Grace !!!"

You have to have a soul. These animals don't. Robbing from a church? You really think they want to be told about Jesus? Very highly doubtful.

""Many of you don't realize the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He can will will change lives.""

I realize it. If it wasn't for God I more and likely wouldn't be here today.

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