Here’s the letter Theo wrote to the congregation….
Dear Emmanuel Family
|Lazaros and Theo repairing the window…
This morning at 3h08, the church was broken into. They rolled a drum from the braai area, stood on it, broke the window above the serving hatch in the kitchen, crawled through and went into the cry-room where they grabbed the sound system and speakers there. (The cry room is not covered by the alarm)
When they ripped the wiring of the speakers, they also ripped the cabling of the alarm which runs through there, setting off the alarm. ADT were very quick to respond and they called me at 3h30 and I got to the church at 3h45. The Boschkop police were also quick to respond. Both ADT and the SAPS need to be commended for rapid response, professional conduct and super helpfulness. We haven't lost too much in terms of stuff (We estimate the sound system is worth about R3000) The niggles are waiting for fingerprinting and cleaning the mess that leaves, repairing the window and the alarm. Please pray for the office team who have had a very busy and challenging couple of weeks and have to get everything sorted before the Global Leadership Summit tomorrow.
This is not a welcome straw on our backs, but we won't let it break us!
We'd really really welcome your prayers for energy, perseverance and wisdom! Let's pray about the crime and those who feel that they have no other option than to rob even churches. Let's pray for those who get sucked into crime and let's pray for our economic situation that leaves people feeling that crime is their only option. Let's also not give into negativity and cynicism - As we saw in church on Sunday, God is at work in our congregation, we should not be surprised by opposition from the forces of darkness! With much love between the yawns!