Someone broke into Increasing Faith International Ministries in Decatur Friday morning.
A member guarding the place disappeared, only to turn up in jail on a separate charge.
Inside the church Sunday, it was praise and thanksgiving. But outside sits a pile of trash left from an attack on the church.
“We have been trying to pick up all the glass put away…but there’s still some from all windows that were broken,” said Monica Brooks, wife of Faith International Ministries pastor.
Members of the church are determined to move forward and not look back.
“Whoever did this we want them to know we still love them, because God loves them we just have to abide by that principle,” Brooks said.
Someone broke into the church Friday morning and vandalized it, destroying a computer and other equipment inside the pastor’s office.
The bizarre twist came when the member who was supposed to be guarding the place turned up missing.
Turns out, that person, Randolph Morgan, is now in the Fulton County Jail on an unrelated trespassing charge.
He was due in court over the weekend but a spokeswoman for the jail said they moved the appearance to Monday because of Morgan’s medical issues.
Police were still investigating the vandalism.
“Either they’re sick or malicious. Only a sick mind would do the things they did,” Brooks said.
Family members said the 40-year-old has a history of mental illness.
They said Morgan was staying at the Decatur church to guard against break-ins.
His sister said doctors diagnosed him with schizophrenia years ago and thinks he may have gone off his medication.
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