GASTONIA, N.C. -- Vandals strike a Gastonia church spray painting hateful words and images. This happened the same week that children are at Covenant Baptist Church for vacation bible school.
"Can't understand why anybody would do something like this? How much did they accomplish," questioned Pastor Olin Byrum.
A blanket covers up the graffiti in the back of Covenant Baptist Church in Gastonia. Vandals wrote an expletive word and then God plus an upside down cross. Pastor Olin Byrum says it's very disheartening.
"We're trying to reach out to people, share Christ with others, and now we have to spend time doing things like that," said Byrum.
It's spray painted on the back of the church where the kids play on the playground. All this week they've had vacation bible school for the children.
"Fortunately they haven't been back here, so, and hadn't even wanted to come back here, so I guess that's good for us; we've kept them busy.”
The church has already tried twice to clean the graffiti off with no luck so far. Pastor Byrum says he just wants the people responsible to come forward, take responsibility and they are forgiven.
"I just can't understand why you'd do something like that, of course there's no hate, God loves them, we love them hopefully they'll repent and see the error of their ways," Byrum expressed.
Vacation Bible school continues Friday, meanwhile they say they believe they'll have to sandblast the wall to get the graffiti off.
So far no arrests have been made in the case.