Stolen Church Buses

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 4/23/2013 4:31 pm
       Temple Baptist Church has their last bus blocked in in case their repeat bus robber comes back.
        Two of their buses they use for youth ministry were stolen in one week.
        "We run the buses into the community into the inner city, pick up 150 to 200 kids, bring them into church," said Pastor Shad Smith, "A lot of these kids are coming out of homes where mom and dad don't go to church so we go out and bring them in."
     Transportation director Mike Wooden says he took it upon himself to find one of the buses.
        "I went to a lot of the scrap yards and we were just getting ready to wind it up and then we seen the first bus that was stolen on Tuesday sitting in an inclosed fence scrap yard," Wooden said.
        When they found the bus in the scrap yard it had two batteries missing from it and Temple Baptist Church was spray painted over.  The scrap yard owner said they bought it from somebody and had no idea it was stolen.
         Wooden said even one bus missing is making their ministry more of a challenge.
        "That Wednesday after the first bus got stolen, we had kids calling us. They all have our cell phone numbers.  They were calling us, 'Hey where's the bus at, aren't we having church tonight, can't we come to church?'  So my wife went picked up some in her car, some of the other members went and picked them up in their car."
      Both church leaders say they're not upset with the person stealing their buses, they just need them back.
        "We exist for folks like this and if he'll come and make right this, God will forgive him, we'll forgive him, and we'd just like to get our buses back so we can continue getting these kids to church," said Pastor Smith.
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