At approximately 5:45 on Tuesday evening, 13 July 2010, an unknown man drove through the UCKG in Faro with a Bulldozer.
“He was laughing very loud while he was destroying all the seats, heading towards the Altar. But he did not even get close to touching the Altar, it stayed intact throughout this whole incident.”
The Bulldozer came crashing through the main doors at the church’s foyer, completely destroying the entrance of the church. A pastor at the scene said: “The Bulldozer moved in a frantic manner. We ran in the direction of the man and tried to stop him, but our attempts were futile. We then called the emergency services and requested police support. Cristiano Viegas, a staff member of the Church’s radio division who was on duty, also requested further help. Our efforts to stop the raged man did not deter him at all. He increased the speed of the machine and drove towards us, aiming to drive up the steps leading to the hall where the services are held.”
The man succeeded in driving up the small steps and crashed through the automatic doors, destroying the security cameras, the wall and part of the roof on his way.
“He was laughing very loud while he was destroying all the seats, heading towards the Altar. But he did not even get close to touching the Altar, it stayed intact throughout this whole incident. He continued in circular movements with the Bulldozer, destroying everything in his path. Practically all the chairs, most of the floor and the parlour were destroyed. Bishop Robson Gomes, who is responsible for the evangelistic work in the South of Portugal, and Pastor Warth Oliveira and their wives, were all praying for God’s help and protection during the man’s rampage.”
The police arrived at the scene, but still the man was not intimidated. He threatened them with the machine and was only subdued when he received the warnings of imprisonment.
“In spite of this man’s effort, the altar and all the sacred elements on it, like the cup with the Holy Oil did not break or not even spill a drop of oil during the attack. The sanctuary of God was preserved, for the honour and the glory of our God.”
“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty”. Haggai 2:9