"And it was so unsettling to my soul. And it was a weight, I would say, that I never anticipated I would have to carry. The pain of what the cross represents, and seeing someone desecrate it at this point."
A church in Maryland, the Fowler United Methodist Church, was vandalized earlier this month. Anne Arundel County Police say it may be a hate crime.
Jerome Jones, the church's senior pastor, says he has "never seen a church desecrated to the point where you just feel the hate".
Bibles have been torn up. The cross was taken down and left on the pews. The amount of damage is estimated at more than 90 euros.
"And it was so unsettling to my soul. And it was a weight, I would say, that I never anticipated I would have to carry," testifies the pastor, "the pain of what the cross represents, and of to see someone desecrate it to such an extent".
County police have just issued an appeal for testimony as part of their investigation.