Someone stole more than $20,000 in
donations from an Ormond Beach church, officials said.
However, the pastor said church members have already forgiven the thief, saying the money is not that big
The church leaders don't even know for sure how the thief got into the building.
At the Oasis Church, Christmas is typically the busiest time of the year.
Church members are preparing for a special program on Christmas Eve.
The pastor said the church took an offering Sunday, which was much larger than most offerings because of the time of year.
When church staff arrived Monday morning they found the office had been broken into and the safe containing the money was gone.
But the church has a unique take on this: The pastor said members are not concerned about the money, they want the thief to know he or she is forgiven.
"To the person who took the money: We know this is a symptom of a lot bigger issue they're dealing with in their life, probably some brokenness there. For us as a church, our message would be one of love and forgiveness," said Pastor Drew Powell.
The theft has been reported to police, but Powell said pressing charges is not a priority.