Violent attacks on churches in foreign countries are all too frequent news stories in the international press, but an attack on a church in the U.S.? Far less expected.
According to Q13 Fox, the Seattle Fire Department says that a group of people was holding a church service in the Rainer Valley neighborhood, southeast of downtown Seattle, when an unknown individual or individuals threw Molotov cocktails at the building.
The attack on the Iglesia ni Cristo [Church of Christ] — described by the Daily Wire as a Filipino church — occurred Thursday night, according to the Seattle Times. The firebombs damaged the outside of the building, but the flames were put out before they set the inside on fire and before the fire department arrived.
About 50 people were inside the church at the time, local NBC affiliate KING 5 reported. No injuries were reported, and police did not have a suspect as of late Thursday evening.
Investigators found evidence of several Molotov cocktails, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley said. Some vehicles outside of the church may have been damaged in the fire.
Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo said they had a confrontation with a group of men a few days earlier. Police are looking into the matter.
According to Newsweek, a 2015 Washington Post revealed that five churches in America a week are intentionally lit on fire.
Please pray for the safety of this congregation and our churches in America!