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Carbon County church target of repeated vandalism

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 12 2014 06:21:25 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 13 2014 04:13:31 AM CST

Church vandalized

MAHONING TWP., Pa. -

A Carbon County church continues to be a repeated target for vandalism.

A billboard outside the Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church with the image of Jesus on it has been vandalized about 10 times; the most recent incident just happened on Jan. 8.

Mahoning Township police are looking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for vandalizing the Route 209 billboard.

Following the most recent incident, police said they found next to the billboard a bottle of black ink commonly used by the tattoo industry.

Anyone with information is urged to call Mahoning Township police at 570-386-2241 or email mahtwppd@ptd.net.

Last summer, 69 News sat down with the church's pastor to discuss the series of vandalism that has left the church on edge.

During a Sept. 8, 2013 interview, Pastor Nathan Kennedy delivered a powerful message of forgiveness to the vandal. Despite the repeated damage, Kennedy said his congregation is praying for the vandal.

"Our church community here at Ebenezer has been praying for whoever has been vandalizing our sign," Kennedy said. "They have a great Christ-like attitude about whoever is doing this."

In that interview, Kennedy explained why he thinks his church is being targeted.

"We don't know why. It may be our church. Maybe somebody doesn't want the picture of Jesus and wants it taken down," Kennedy said.