By Mike Rush
St. Louis (KSDK) - As she struggles with the new lock on the door, it's clear to see it's hard for even the pastor's wife to get into the New Direction Christian Church lately.
It's a measure the congregation has to keep criminals out.
Those who already got into the small, modest church took just about everything of value that wasn't nailed down.
They took ladders, computers, refrigerators, a music keyboard, music equipment, even a big jar of coins.
They also ransacked offices and damaged doors.
"To be so cold hearted and take things from the House of God, that's triple sad," said Marilyn Baker, the pastor's wife.
The first break-in was the Monday after Easter. Then it happened Thursday and again Friday.
It's a burden for the North St. Louis Church that prides itself on community outreach. It offers a food pantry twice a month but after the deep freezer was stolen, members have nowhere to store perishable foods.
While the church practices forgiveness, it's also practicing persistence.
We won't be defeated. We're going to keep on going on," said Baker.
As if this writing, Newschannel 5 hasn't heard back from police to find out if they have any leads.
Meanwhile the church says it's getting a new security system. The wires on their old system were cut in another break-in months ago.
If anyone would like to help the church replace equipment, you can call Pastor David Baker at 314-680-6507.