Vandals target Wichita church friendly to LGBTQ community

Published: Apr. 23, 2019 at 5:23 PM CDT
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A Wichita church is cleaning up after it was hit by vandals right after the Easter holiday.

The Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church said 17 windows were broken out sometime Sunday evening after the Easter morning service.

Pastor Jackie Carter said her church embraces the LGBTQ community. She said since the Marriage Equality Act passed in Kansas in 2015, the church has become a target for vandals and has replaced about 175 windows.

"I sat on a swing set yesterday morning when I found out about it and just kind of wept and said, 'I don't know what else to do, I don't know how else to be.' We don't preach anything but love and about a God that's bigger than any of us could have imagined," she said.

Despite the vandalism, the church continued with its food pantry on Tuesday and said it would not be deterred.

"This will not deter us from doing the work we have been called to do: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and proclaiming the love of God to all people," said a post on the church's Facebook page.

Carter says the church hopes to get the windows fixed on Wednesday.

It's been a tough day. I sat and wept as I arrived at the church this morning. There is really no way to take in that...

Posted by Table of Hope MCC formerly First MCC of Wichita on Monday, April 22, 2019