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She invites thieves to church

N.J., N.Y. congregations open doors amid crime and graffiti

Two 7-year-olds ransack a New Jersey church. The pastor's response? She invites them to come back — through the front door.

Buildings surrounding the South Bronx church are covered with graffiti memorializing the young victims of drive-by shootings, abuse, murder and suicide. The congregation's response? Members invite youth to enter the church--through the front door.

Bethany Lutheran Church, Jersey City, N.J., and Transfiguration Lutheran Church, South Bronx, N.Y., enter the world of children at risk, sharing the hope and power their members have come to know in Jesus.


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