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Radcliff church helping community despite holiday burglary

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Evangel World Prayer Center of Radcliff was burglarized a few days after Christmas. Evangel World Prayer Center of Radcliff was burglarized a few days after Christmas.
Thieves broke into the church through a front window and took valuables and several hundred dollars that was collected to buy diapers for low income families. Thieves broke into the church through a front window and took valuables and several hundred dollars that was collected to buy diapers for low income families.
RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local church is trying to bounce back after suffering a big holiday loss. Evangel World Prayer Center of Radcliff was burglarized a few days after Christmas.

Thieves broke into the church through a front window and took valuables and several hundred dollars that was collected to buy diapers for low income families. Now the church is working to replace what it lost.

"My husband said during a sermon, even in his darkest days, he would have never broken into a church," said Phyllis Cardwell, Church co-pastor.

The shock of a holiday break-in is still painful for members of Evangel World Prayer Center of Radcliff.

"It's sad, you know, that you would break into a church," said Cartwell. "They took the laptop that has all of our praise music and sermons on, they took some petty cash, it was like three or four hundred dollars, we use that to help people in need that come into the church."

Cardwell said the money was donated to help low income families. In spite of the break-in, the church is not just keeping the faith, but still spreading it.

"It is disheartening to see it but it is also motivation for us, we're not going to let an adversity stop us from helping people who need help," said Tanika Bryant, organizing diaper drive.

Instead of cash, this time the church is collecting diapers.

Bryant explained, "I am a single mother as well and I know one of the main expenses is providing diapers so I just wanted to do something to help the community."

Bryant is organizing the diaper drive and says there's a big need. That's why the church will continue to help...and hopes the community will do the same. 

"People are in poverty every day and we can let a setback to stop us. We might stumble, we might fall, but we are going to get back up and do whatever we have to do to help," said Bryant.


Since the break in, the church has added an alarm system, but they're still asking people to take donations to the Radcliff Fire Department.

"We just wanted to make it easier for people to drop it off at the fire station," said Cartwell.

The church will be collecting the diapers until the end of the month and plans to get them into the hands of families in early February.

Meanwhile, Radcliff police say this is one of four recent break ins at local churches.

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