LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---A Jeffersonville church is vandalized, forcing church members to now clean up the mess left behind.
The Indiana Avenue Christian Church, on Thomas V. Bryant Drive in Jeffersonville, was vandalized this weekend.
"We came over here. Water was running. They had turned the water on," says Theodora Ellis, a church member.
Not only was there water damage, but instruments were slashed, and items like the public address system were stolen.
"All the stuff is gone. TV's, personal pictures, even the pictures of people out on the wall out there. It's all gone," says Harold White, a church member.
Church members spent all day Saturday trying to clean up the mess.
"They had to take up all the carpet, all the padding. So, the water was left on purposefully," says Harold White.
This comes less than 24 hours after the church members were in the church, trying to get it ready for Sunday service.
They say, after an ongoing dispute within, they changed the locks and were hoping to kick off the weekend on a good note.
They didn't expect something like this to happen.
"Damaging. It hurts your feelings, but there ain't too much I can do but keep my spirits up. That's it," says Harold White.
"Other things have happened to other churches around us, but this church, nothing has never happened," says Theodora Ellis.
Although the church members have their suspicions that it may have been someone who was once tied to the church, they say they can't point fingers just yet, until police determine whose responsible.
They say it's a shame for this to happen to any church, especially one that has history in the city.
"This church has been here since the early 1900's. It's one of the oldest black churches in Jeffersonville," says Harold White.
As they now prepare to move forward, they have a strong message for whoever vandalized the building.
"You ain't did a thing. You slowed us down, that's all you did. We will continue. We're the church. This is just a building. So, we'll survive this," says Harold White.
Church members say, despite the damage, they will still have a church service Sunday morning, starting at 11:00.
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