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North Spokane Church Targeted By Graffiti: 'It's Really Like A Hate Crime'

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If you drive by the Mountain View Assembly of God in North Spokane, you won't find just one hateful message sprayed on the wall – three entire sides of the church building, two outdoor trailers and a shed were covered in them.

To make matters worse, the graffiti was discovered early Monday morning by a woman who runs the daycare and preschool program at the church.

"It's a bad thing because we have so many kids coming in and we don't want the kids to see that," Pastor Dan Henshaw told KHQ.

"Smoke meth" and "hail Satan" were just a few of the scrawlings – along with angry messages toward God, other races and Catholic priests.

"I came up here and was really shocked because it's really like a hate crime, what they've done, saying things about different nationalities," Pastor Henshaw added.

So why would the small church be targeted? He has no idea.

"I've pastored here for 26 years and we've never ever had anything like this before," he said.

Some of the graffiti was easily removed with a coat of paint – but on the outer textured walls of the main church building it will take a lot more work.

All day Monday people have been coming by offering to help, and Pastor Henshaw says there is one thing they can do: pray.

"Whoever did it, we'll pray for them," he explained. "We as a church will love them and help them, we'll be praying for them and hoping that God could touch them and let his love saturate them."

Spokane Police are following up on leads trying to track down whoever did it. If you saw anything that can help, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

 

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