Caboolture church tries to reach out to burglar

GRANTING FORGIVENESS: Pastor Ash Adam wants to counsel those responsible for robbing his church.
GRANTING FORGIVENESS: Pastor Ash Adam wants to counsel those responsible for robbing his church. Luke Simmonds

THE Potters House Church was a recent victim of a break-in but the church does not want the perpetrators to serve any time behind bars.

The Caboolture South church had only moved into its new building a couple of months ago and had big aspirations for increasing its numbers with live music services and hip hop concerts.

But pastor Ashley Adam said the burglars took off with a lot of equipment that would hinder this.

"They took a fair but if stuff, most of our media stuff," he said.

"Speakers, mics, sound equipment and lights."

Instead of forgoing their Wednesday service after the incident on Monday two weeks ago, Mr Adam was determined to go ahead and pray the perpetrator had their support they


"After our service that night, we actually prayed for that person," he said.

"We're not angry at them, we're just praying for them."

Mr Adam said the desperate need to steal from a church highlighted how much some people in the community needed a good influence.

"We're here to help the community," he said.

"Instead of us getting upset and angry, it highlights to us the great needs in the community to find a better path in life.

"What Caboolture really needs is strong families and role models."

He said an example of someone who attended his church who had since found his potential showed there was still hope, even for the burglars.

"People often might think that Caboolture doesn't have potential but there's absolutely so much potential in Caboolture," he said.

"We have a guy who was being in and out of jail, who's pretty much grown up with alcohol in his family.

"He should be in jail at the moment but he walked into church and in that one service, his life has been changed. As a result of that his family started coming to church and they've all changed.

"They see the evidence of change in his life and his children and so on.

"People in Caboolture just need hope."

Potters House Church services are on at 10.30am and 6pm on Sunday and 7.30pm on Wednesday.

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