New Orleans Church Suffers Setbacks from Tornado, Then Theft

Stephanie Friend (center), wife of Suburban Baptist Church pastor Jeffrey Friend, and another member of the congregation speak with a New Orleans police officer about the break-ins at the church.
Photo by Jeffrey Friend

Just a few months from completing a renovation of its buildings heavily damaged by a tornado in February, a New Orleans church has suffered yet another setback — theft from its worship center.

Multiple times over a six-day period, burglars have broken into the worship center of Suburban Baptist Church and stolen office and construction equipment, pastor Jeffery Friend reported in a story published July 25 by the Baptist Message.

But just like the tornado failed to destroy the church’s spirit, Friend said the thefts will not stop the congregation from moving back into its buildings.

“I truly believe wherever God is showing out, you should look for Satan to show up,” Friend said. “I’m not surprised bad things have started to happen. In fact I anticipated it. But God has been doing amazing things at and for Suburban.”

Among the items stolen were three computers, two televisions, two printers, power tools and shingles. Until they can install a security system in two weeks, the church also has to pay $1,800 for overnight armed security guards.

Friend said an investigation by the New Orleans Police Department is ongoing.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Louisiana Baptist Message Staff

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