'I prayed for him': Crossfire Church invites vandal to attend service
EUGENE, Ore. – The afternoon before their Sunday service, a south Eugene church was targeted by vandals and they’ve already forgiven the criminal.
“Both of these windows had messages down them,” said Anthony Hopper, south Eugene campus director for Crossfire ministries.
The Crossfire Church scraped the messages saying “No gods” and “No Masters” off the windows before Sunday morning. The damage cost the church more than $200 to remove.
“Acts like this, regardless of where they are, show just a sense of cowardness,” Hopper said.
Regardless of the damage the person caused, Hopper said the church welcomes those from all walks of life.
“I prayed for him, you know. We still love him,” Hopper said.
Hopper said his church specializes in community outreach. They try to look for those who need help the most.
He said this crime is a reminder of what they do every day.
“It’s a downer, but I realize there are still people out there that we are trying to reach,” he said.
Nonetheless, church officials filed an incident report with the Eugene Police Department.
Hopper said this is not the first time Crossfire Church has been targeted. He said they’re considering new safety measures such as security cameras.
At the end of the day, Hopper said he would welcome the criminal with open arms.
“We would still outreach to them and we would still reach them with love and we would still administer to them the best way we know how,” he said.
A concerned nearby resident discovered the graffiti when he was walking his dog in the area.