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A fire was reported around 4:00 a.m. at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church on Plover Ave. on Saturday. This incident marks the fifth church set on fire this week.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for anyone who information that leads to an arrest of the person or people behind fires that have been set at several predominantly black churches in the St. Louis area.

Six such churches in North St. Louis City and  County were set on fire in just a matter of days, and it is now prompting St. Louis pastors to rally behind those affected.

“This is a travesty in our community and our city,” said Rev. Earl Nance Jr., pastor of the Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church. “When this kind of thing happens to one or more of our churches we must all come together.”

Although his church was not affected by the recent fires, Nance said the pattern has reached a point where someone needs to step in.

Dozens of St. Louis pastors with Better Family Life have offered to help the affected churches wherever needed, from moral support to financial assistance.

“There was once a time nobody touched the church. It was respected. Nobody had an idea of doing anything harmful to the church, but now it slipped. Now it’s anything, anyone, anywhere, any institution, it doesn’t matter,” said Nance.

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source: KMOV.com

Reward Offered After Fires At 6 Predominantly Black St. Louis Churches was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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