Outside the church, the members were singing the hymn, "what a mighty God we serve". Inside, proof. An alleged vandal who told church officials "the voices made me do it" destroyed most of the huge front windows outside of the church. CD's were tossed outside, computers and other equipment flipped over, while religious artifacts brought over from Egypt were destroyed and thrown all over the foyer.
Inside the sanctuary, nothing was touched. Bishop Larry Brandon is the pastor of Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral on Greenwood Road in Shreveport was quoting scripture. "And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose."
He says, he is not familiar with the young man police have taken into custody.
"I don't know the young man and I don't know that I've ever set eyes on him but they said he was hearing voices and something like that so and that's all I know on that he was hearing voices and voices telling him to go destroy the church, Praise Temple."
If there's any good news in all of this it's that the sanctuary is untouched. There's no damage in here, the Pastor says that means church will be as usual on Sunday.
Brandon says, "Even if the church is damaged as you can see and as you can hear songs and members are singing and so forth we would have had church in the parking lot if we had to.
Members of the congregation immediately began cleaning up. As for the young man taken into custody, police have yet to identify him but they say he may be taken to LSU for evaluation.
The pastor says the youngman who alleged did all of this is already forgiven.
"As long as this (speaking of a replica Ark of the Covenant) is spared this will be our memorial that God is yet with us."Story by Tania Francois