- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BURLINGTON, N.D. (AP) - Donors from around the country and a local fisherman have come to the aid of a Burlington church that was targeted by thieves.

The break-in at Peace Lutheran was part of a rash of more than a half-dozen church burglaries in the region around Easter.

The thieves took Peace Lutheran’s safe. Among the missing items were church records and $300 that children had spent weeks collecting to pay for mosquito nets that can help prevent people in tropical climates from getting malaria.

“You just feel violated,” Pastor Emily Nesdahl told KXMC-TV (https://bit.ly/1EvmU2E ).

Church officials put out a call via social media, and people around the country donated more than $2,100. A few days after Easter, a fisherman found the church records floating in the Souris River, still intact. The church is one again in possession of its records, including marriage certificates and old photographs.

“What the (thief) did was wrong. That’s not a good thing. But it’s cool to see how God can use difficult circumstances to do great things,” Nesdahl said.

Police have charged one man in the burglaries and say more charges are expected.


Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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