Vandals trash Central Texas church

(Photo by Bill Gowdy)
(Photo by Bill Gowdy)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 18, 2019 at 2:59 PM CDT
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Police are investigating after vandals trashed Willow Grove Baptist Church over the weekend in Moody, the second such incident in the community in less than two years.

Photos posted by the church’s pastor, Steve Desjardins, show the damage.

The vandals splashed paint and ink on walls, floors, pews, the communion table and offering plates, and overturned bookshelves and furniture.

"The pews have all been inked," Desjardins said.

It's everywhere pretty much,” he said, “from the top all the way through.”

Nearby residents said they think two teenagers were responsible and said the teens have been given a chance to “get down here and start cleaning things up.”

The church building was constructed in 1890.

“I respectfully ask for your prayers and support, during our time of trial,” Desjardins said in the post.

“Please also pray for those individuals who chose to bring such destruction upon our local church home, and finally pray for the families of the individuals who perpetrated these acts. We are a small close-knit family of believers and I trust God will strengthen us even more through this ordeal as we move forward.”

Vandals struck another church in Moody in August 2017, causing about $3,000 in damage.

Kenneth McNeil, who was then the pastor, arrived at the predominantly Africa-American church of the same name to find a swastika and the words "Trump" and "Satan" on the floor of the fellowship hall.

A window and door were broken, the secretary's office was ransacked, and there was turpentine and bleach all over the floor of the choir room.