AKRON -- In desperate times, people do desperate things, like stealing from a church.
The latest victim? An Akron church, where copper thieves damaged a piece of much-needed equipment.
But as they say, when one door closes, another opens.
Towards the rear of Akron Bible Church lies a well-worn frame of rusty metal and chipping paint. It's actually an answer to a prayer. It's a wheelchair lift.
Church members had been praying for a lift for several years but somebody donated the lift about 2 or 3 weeks ago.
And there it sat while work and safety permits were filed, but when they checked it last Sunday, the copper wiring was missing and the only thing left was the shell.
That left the inner city church lift-less but not faithless.
Church members just keep trusting in God, knowing that God is going to do a work bigger than anybody thought He was going to do.
That faith is manifesting itself in offers to help. In the church basement, Cindy Murray is filling in for a vacationing secretary. She didn't expect this.
She's taking message after message from people wanting to help. She even had an anonymous donor drop off a cash donation...of $100.
There's also a message here for the thief: God still loves you and we want to pray for you too, and that's our thing.
Faith is alive here at the Akron Bible Church.