Persecution Magazine, August 2015
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Upon seeing the angry mob with a bulldozer that had clearly gathered to attack their church, she ran inside to warn the pastor and lay people of the unfolding attack. Pastor Angel Gutierrez was already aware that a disaster was about to befall them.
Although Pastor Gutierrez had only a few minutes to prepare his congregation for the attack, he calmly instructed the people to stay seated and avoid a confrontation with the mob. However, as he was speaking to the congregation, his jaw dropped as he saw and heard the bulldozer and tractors the mob had brought. It was then that he realized they would destroy the freshly poured foundation of their new, large church building, for which they had saved their money for years.
The roaring of tractors and bulldozers, as well as the sound of the breaking concrete, terrified the children, who began to cry en masse. The congregation emptied out of the church and begged the alleged leader of the mob, Felix Perez Gaspar, not to destroy their church home. Their appeals were met only with hatred as Gaspar reportedly threatened to crush them with the bulldozer.
As the foundation was being demolished, another group sprayed gasoline on the simple structure they had used for years as their main sanctuary. In an effort to rescue valuables belonging to the church, some of the members of the congregation ran inside to collect the valuables, despite the fact that the mob had set fire to the building.
In a matter of minutes, the hut that once served as their place of worship burst into flames and burned to the ground...