Atoka church vandalized

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

ATOKA CO., OK -- An Atoka congregation was shocked to see disturbing signs spray painted on their church's doors just before Sunday worship and they said this wasn't the first time their church has been targeted by vandals.

It was a typical Sunday morning for Shelly Rector until she saw it on her way to High Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

"My kids were on my vehicle and they're like 'oh my gosh mom, what is that? What is going on? What does that mean?' It was pretty scary," she said.

The numbers"666" and a pentagram were spray painted on the doors of the Atoka county church.

"I really don't know what to say about it. It's just a feeling that you can't imagine. Why are they picking on our church and why God's house?" Rector said.

"It kinda felt like the world was attacking us in some way. It was scary."

Church Pastor, Ryan Meadows said church members were terrified to walk into the church as they saw those signs on the door.

This church has been vandalized three times in the past year, but the pastor said the writings on the door is the worst of them all.

"They have been increasing what they've been doing and it just, you just wonder what they might do next," he said.

Meadows said earlier this year, vandals broke windows in the children's classroom. They also shot at the church last April. While no one was injured, a bullet went through the sanctuary.

And now, spray painted doors .

"We did have services with that on our door. But right after the services, we had people in our church who were willing and they came and painted the doors to at least get that off," he said.

Meadows said they are working on upgrading security around their church.

The Atoka County Sheriff's Office is investigating. So far, no arrests have been made.

If you have any information on the incident, contact the sheriff's office (580) 889-2221.

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