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Iowa church donations stolen at an Indiana hotel

Iowa church donations stolen at an Indiana hotel

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BROOKLYN (KWWL) -

A truck and trailer carrying more than an estimated $7,000 worth of donations were stolen this weekend.

Doug and Connie Mertens left Brooklyn, Iowa, with a truck and trailer full of donations from the New Beginnings Church. The church had collected more than 400 boxed meals, non-perishable food items, clothes and baby furniture for Lighthouse Ministry in Kentucky. Lighthouse Ministry helps about a hundred mining families who have been suffering through hard economic times.

But before the Mertens got to Kentucky, their truck and trailer were stolen overnight in Greenwood, Indiana.

"This just blows my mind, but there's a verse in the Bible that says the Devil has come to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus is come that they might have life and have it more abundantly and that's what we've been holding on to," Connie Mertens said.

Mertens, a former Hudson resident, is hoping that some good will come out of this.

"We just need to pray that it is found… or that through the news media that we are able to contact people who will respond to this mission in need."

Although her own personal possessions were among those stolen, her biggest worry is for the people her church was trying help.

 "Third or fourth generation miners, they know nothing else, they wouldn't have enough money to get out of there if they tried, and the lord has called us to feed his sheep," Mertens said. "It doesn't matter where they are, but we are to take care of them and that is why we're doing this."

So far, there have been no reported leads on where the truck and trailer are.

To help the church, send donations to:

New Beginnings Church

4106 V18 Road

Brooklyn, Iowa 52211.

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