It was early May when members of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Lauderdale learned the disappointing reality that someone had stolen their window unit air conditioners. According to Reverend Grover Mosley, the pastor of the church, they are now trying to make up for those burglaries.
"We're having a building fund program here. We're trying to raise money to have our air conditioners put in," explains Pastor Mosley.
Another church was thoughtful enough to donate a central unit to Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Now, it's just a matter of getting it installed. According to Alice Mosley, the church clerk and a member of the Building Committee, this is easier said than done.
"It takes money to get it installed. And we are looking close to about $3,000. And we don't have that kind of money because it's got to be prepared, plus other supplies have to be bought. We don't have it, so what we are doing is we are raising money to get it done, " says Alice Mosley.
The building fund is not just for air conditioning. Pastor Mosley hopes to improve the overall appearance of the church.
"We're trying to build God's kingdom up like we build our houses up. God's kingdom, or God's church house needs to be worked on like we work on our houses," says Pastor Mosley.
According to Mosley the church has been burglarized five separate times. She hopes this does not deter the faith of the church members. In order to keep their spirits high, their service featured five guest speakers.
"And they will be speaking on different things. And everything that they are talking about, it all comes back to one thing. And the one thing is love. It's time for us to show love. And people are destroying God's homes, and God's houses and everything else," explains Mosley.
These repetitive burglaries have painted a bleak picture for many of the church members. They turn to their faith to get through the darkness.
"It looks like this is where they go to destroy, and to steal, and it looks like what they are doing is trying to bring down God. But God cannot be brought down because he sits too high to come down," says Mosley.