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HOUSTON - For nearly 40 years, the True Vine Holiness Deliverance Temple on Prairie View Street has stood against sin. But this week they said sin struck back, after a couple of bad guys stole their copper.

I think it s horrible, it s terrible, associate Pastor Joanna Love-Casey said.

They thought the church was sacred and safe, but they learned that even a house of God can be a target.

Witnesses next door said they saw two men at the side of the church on Wednesday in broad daylight. Because the men were wearing hard hats, they assumed they belonged.

However on Saturday, ministers at the church discovered the copper was stolen when they realized their power was out. The outcome was heartbreaking.

I just felt real bad, I felt like crying, Pastor Will Casey Jr. said. Look at the world, what the world had come to. It s really sad, it s really said.

Casey said it was not the first time thieves struck the church, either.

Bars are now on the windows after three sets of drums were stolen a few years back. No one needs to tell them that times are still tough.

We don t have a great large membership and that s going to be a great big hit, Casey said.

Sunday s services are still scheduled to take place with or without power.

However, recovering $2,000 worth of stolen copper could prove more challenging. The church did not have any insurance.

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