Repair the Hopewell Baptist Church

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UPDATE, 11/10:

Hello everyone,

We the members and Bishop Clarence Green of the Hopewell Baptist Church family would like to thank God for your awesome support this week with your overwhelming acts of love shown toward us during this devastating tragedy of the burning of the House of God. Words do not express the gratitude we have for your acts of kindness, love and support you have expressed. Whether your gift was small or great ($1-10,000 or more) we are eternally grateful your act of love and kindness. We have a long road ahead of us, but we do have the faith in God that he will supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil.4:19). We are also soliciting your continual support in our rebuilding process.

For all who want to mail your contributions, the mailing address is:

Hopewell Baptist Church
936 Cedar Street
Greenville, MS 38701

Or: 

Hopewell Baptist Church
P.O. box 285
Greenville, MS 38701

We also would like to thank Blair Reeves for establishing the go fund me account. Thank you Blair and Laura for your support.

Again, words do not express our appreciation and gratitude you have shown toward us.

Yours In Christ,
Bishop Clarence Green


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Original post:

On Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, unknown criminals burned a predominantly black Baptist church in Greenville, Mississippi and scrawled graffiti on it: "Vote Trump". (Link to local news coverage.)

The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore.

Only two weeks ago, the internet came together to help repair a North Carolina GOP field office that had been burned by thugs. Justice demands we do the same now.

More details as they are available. Can we do this? Can we help show the world, the country, and most importantly, the churchgoers of Hopewell Baptist that we, as a society, are better than this?

Please give. Thanks.

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UPDATE, 11/2 11PM:

Holy crap, y'all - we're almost at $125,000 raised today. When I ginned up this page before my first meeting at work today, I had no earthly clue it would get so big. Thank you all so much.

Responses have been pouring in from all over the world, and they're truly extraordinary. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, atheists and many more, from all over the United States and many other countries. I've been tweeting out  some of the (anonymized) responses, and responding to questions about the campaign. Feel free to get in touch there.

UPDATE, 11/2 8:50PM:

I just got off the phone again with Bishop Green. He's had a very long day - up at 4AM and going ever since. We exchanged contacts, and we've started the process to get Hopewell Church registered with GoFundMe so that they can transfer all funds to the church's bank account. I also learned from him that Hopewell Baptist is 111 years old! 

He is overwhelmed at the response you've shown here. Thank you, very much. Love > Hate.

UPDATE, 11/2 6PM:

Spoke again by phone with Bishop Green from Hopewell. He has been on-site all day, but we exchanged email contacts so that we can begin the process of getting Hopewell registered with GoFundMe as a beneficiary. GoFundMe staff have also reached out to me directly, and will be assisting Hopewell with their registration.

Folks have asked about contributing directly to the church. That is best, of course, since it involves no overhead from GFM. Bishop Green has given his permission to use his personal address if you'd prefer to send a check:

Hopewell Baptist Church
936 Cedar Street
Greenville, MS 38701

Please make all checks out to "Hopewell Baptist Church."

As always, more info as I receive it.

UPDATE, 11/2 1:15PM:

I just got off the phone with Bishop Clarence Green from Hopewell M.B. Church, and let him know about this GFM campaign. He was very pleasantly surprised, and wanted to thank all the donors.

The Bishop is still on-site and has no access to a computer now, but as soon as he can, he will sign up Hopewell as an organization on GFM. This will allow GFM to wire all funds to their bank account directly. You can see the overhead that GFM charges here.

Thank you, so very, very much, to everyone who has donated. Your actions have shown that we are better than this.


UPDATE , 11/2 11AM:

We are working to get in touch with the Hopewell M.B. church leadership, and have already spoken to other church leaders in Greenville today. There is a press conference this morning at the Greenville Fire Department, where more information is being released. More details as they come.
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Hello, friends! This GoFundMe campaign for Hopewell Baptist has run its course and succeeded beyond even our wildest expectations. Thank you sincerely for all of your kind words, well wishes and financial support.

After a restful holiday, the Hopewell church leadership is now meeting with architects and Greenville city officials to draw up plans for rebuilding the church. Hopewell has a bright future ahead of it, due in large part to all of the generosity you have shown. Your donations poured in from all 50 states and 31 countries around the world! Truly, this was a powerful statement against the ugly hate that prompted this attack.

We are now shutting down this GoFundMe campaign. If you'd like to stay updated on the church's progress, their new website will be live very soon. Until then, you can try reaching out on Facebook. The page there is still unofficial, but many of you have found it already.

I am including the physical mailing address below, which Bishop Clarence Green added earlier, for any and all who can use it.

Again, thank you so much for your support. Together in love.

Yours truly,
Blair Reeves
@BlairReeves

Mailing address:

Hopewell Baptist Church
936 Cedar Street
Greenville, MS 38701

Or:

Hopewell Baptist Church
P.O. box 285
Greenville, MS 38701
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Hello everyone,

We the members and Bishop Clarence Green of the Hopewell Baptist Church family would like to thank God for your awesome support this week with your overwhelming acts of love shown toward us during this devastating tragedy of the burning of the House of God. Words do not express the gratitude we have for your acts of kindness, love and support you have expressed. Whether your gift was small or great ($1-10,000 or more) we are eternally grateful your act of love and kindness. We have a long road ahead of us, but we do have the faith in God that he will supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil.4:19). We are also soliciting your continual support in our rebuilding process.

For all who want to mail your contributions, the mailing address is:

Hopewell Baptist Church
936 Cedar Street
Greenville, MS 38701

Or:

Hopewell Baptist Church
P.O. box 285
Greenville, MS 38701

We also would like to thank Blair Reeves for establishing the go fund me account. Thank you Blair and Laura for your support.

Again, words do not express our appreciation and gratitude you have shown toward us.

Yours In Christ,
Bishop Clarence Green

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This is from Blair. I can only echo what Bishop Green has said here thanking you all for your generosity during this campaign. Many of the responses we've received have been extraordinary and beautiful - I've shared many of them on Twitter (see below). There is much here for us to learn.

Be well.

Blair Reeves
@BlairReeves
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UPDATE, 11/3 8PM:

I talked again with Bishop Green tonight. Here's some important info:
- The Police are interviewing potential witnesses and so forth, but contrary to news reports, have no one in custody nor immediate suspects.
- The damage inside the church was apparently very bad. Go look at some of the pictures in the local news story I posted - pretty awful. They may have to tear down and build anew - it's still unclear.
- The church leadership has now set up with GoFundMe and their bank account info is undergoing the standard deposit verification for payment. They are working directly with GFM now on this. That means they should have access to all the funds in just a few business days.

Lots of people have been reaching out with offers to help. That is so, so cool of you, and much appreciated. I am forwarding on all offers of goods or skilled labor to the Hopewell Church leadership.

As before, I'll be tweeting out more news/updates as I have them: @BlairReeves

Thank you all so much once again.
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Update 11/3, 11:45AM -

Good morning, everyone! I've spoken with Bishop Green, who's huddling with his church leadership team today. They are now registered with GoFundMe as the beneficiary and we're working to start getting these funds transferred to their bank.

Here's a little update on local news coverage of the attack: http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/33618592/greenville-church-fire-called-a-crime-of-race-by-mayor

Check out the pictures in the article - the damage is really quite severe. Thank goodness that no one was hurt.

I'll be tweeting out news/updates as I hear more.
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Frank Dean
22 months ago

No real Trump supporter would ever do this. Donation page is going out to all his real supporters. Time to come together and end this kind of hate. Trump love all and I am certain will be horrified about this hate crime. There is no way he or anyone connected to him would ever do this. I pray for the person who did. May God forgive you.

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Mark R Watson
22 months ago

I am a Trump supporter, and if I was there I would be helping to clean up and re-build this church; AND I want to see the disgusting waste of air person(s) responsible brought to justice. KKK, Nazis, ALL of them need to evolve or leave the planet. NO SPACE FOR RACIAL HATE. They are TERRORISTS. No matter WHO is responsible. You are all in our prayers. THIS IS NOT OKAY. We stand in SOLIDARITY with the victims of this crime, and advocate MAXIMUM PENALTIES for the hateful offenders. I will donate as soon as I get paid. God bless you all.

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Andy Parrish
22 months ago

Rather than speculate who did it, how about we agree it was an idiot and the church needs help, regardless? Either make a donation or move along...

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Jolie Arsenault
22 months ago

I'm a Christian and a Trump Supporter. I hope the pastor will pray for our country and that the donations will help rebuild the church.

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Oscar Poole
22 months ago

I am a Trump supporter who HATES what has been done by hoodlums and want to send a donation to the church. But the number given by Christen will not take my cell phone call! I need some responsible information ASAP! THANKS someone!

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MarciaDale Geyer
22 months ago

I do not believe for one minute this was Trump. I am white and this to me is just horrible. But what Satan meant for evil our precious Lord will bring good out of.

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Bobby Volpendesta
22 months ago

yo you don't need to make this fundraiser about trump guys. no one cares if you support him. donation is NOT "going out to all his real supporters." donation is going to a church that was horrifically vandalized for no reason

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Sherrie Mathieson
22 months ago

There are deranged people in this world that exist within both parties. Truthfully they will never represent any party or candidate --hopefully! TRUMP does not deserve to be blamed for their behavior--as he would definitely condemn it. I'm an Independent that has voted for TRUMP and would hope that this terrible crime will not deter you from voting TRUMP!

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Cristen Hemmins
22 months ago

The way GoFundMe works, a contact from Hopewell church will have to contact GFM with an EIN, personal SS#, and bank info. Then and only then will GFM transfer the funds raised. Blair Reeves who set this up will never access the money. I am trying to get a PO Box or contact info for the church, in case people would prefer to mail a check the old-fashioned way (so the church gets 100%). Everyone in Greenville is very busy, understandably. I have called Mayor Simmons's office twice, and Fire Chief Brown's office as well. If I can get a mailing address for donations, I will post it here.

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Greg Kay
22 months ago

WHEN THEY GO LOW ! WE GO HIGH!!..

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Jeff Lindsey
22 months ago

I came to this page from an article on Huffpost. The article states Huffpost has been in contact with GoFundMe personnel who have assured the news agency that they will only release the funds directly to tbs church so I doubt you have to worry about your money not going where it's supposed to.

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Jon Scholl
22 months ago

The burning of a church this is a hate crime and I'm sorry your Church got caught in the middle of all this! I'm a Trump supporter but this is unthinkable and hateful. I gave $10.00 good luck to rebuilding!

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Daniel del Puerto
22 months ago

It's already being reported on by CNN...I'm sure they're salivating at the prospect of finding their imaginary Trump KKK supporter that did this...they'll probably have better luck finding a unicorn in outer space :) Folks, donate, it's LEGIT. Let's Show CNN our LOVE! http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/us/mississippi-black-church-vandalized-vote-trump/

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Cristen Hemmins
22 months ago

Hi All--I have been in touch with Blair, who set up this GoFundMe page, multiple times today, and I feel confident that he is legit and wants this money to go directly to the church.

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Mack Forgey
22 months ago

That's a brilliant way to win support for your candidate- set fire to a church while the other guy is kissing babies. I shudder to think how many people would be stupid enough to believe it. Who benefits?

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Vas Kozyreff
22 months ago
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This should not be a forum for political rhetoric. It should be used as an avenue to help rebuild. Whoever is to blame, and they know who they are, is not important. The congregation needs your help, they are the victims. Whether you donate via Go-Fund Me or directly to:Hopewell Baptist Church 654 N Delesseps St, Greenville, MS 38701 Please donate. No-one deserves this......

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Valerie Crawford
22 months ago
9
9

This is not the time for spewing hate or placing blame. If you don't have anything positive to say please be quiet. As a child of God we all belong to the same family. One LORD, one faith, one baptism. We're praying for you Hopewell. Our God is obviously working something out in your favor. To God be the Glory!

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Mark Barney
22 months ago
8
8

Another Trump supporter, donation on the way. This is disgusting. Has nothing to do with Trump, or his real supporters. Hillary is going to jail, this church is going to be rebuilt bigger, stronger, and more beautiful, and trump will be our next president. MAGA

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Jamie Shows
22 months ago
8
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Conservatives have to stop blaming all their problems on African Americans. It is not acceptable to burn down their churches. It just isn't. We know many of these Republicans switched to the Republican Party after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They never wanted African Americans to have their rights -- and that is vile. But this is unacceptable, and it needs to be checked.

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Rachel Wood
22 months ago
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Dear Frank Dean,...You are wrong...This is exactly what Trump wants and is promoting at his rallies...PERIOD

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SG
$25
Steven Grace
22 months ago

This little light of mine...

TL
$10
Theresa Locklar
22 months ago

Donated $10.00 and I wish it could have been more. God bless you and your congregation. You are in my prayers. We should never feel afraid in our church pews.

CL
$100
charlie lundy
22 months ago

I'm so sorry for the fear and pain this has caused. Here's a little donation from someone in the Greenville High class of 1976.

HC

Dear Clarence Green, Please accept this donation of $250 for your church from Hope Central Church. Erica Charis one of our covenant partners nominated your organization for a grant through our Social Justice Ministries, and we are pleased to share our abundance with you. We are grateful for the work that you are doing to create justice and bring hope to others. Blessings and peace to you. In Christ, Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett and The Social Justice Support Team

$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
$100
Scott Slinker
22 months ago

Praying for your congregation and for your leadership team. ~ Scott

JH
$200
Jerry Hatton
22 months ago

Build stronger.

$100
Paul Foster
22 months ago

Through tragedy comes the opportunity to grow closer and rebuild better than before. It breaks our heart to know there is still this much hate today so please accept our small gift and words of encouragement. We hope you build back bigger and better than before, and know there are fellow Americans who love you.

$50
Anonymous
22 months ago
Frank Dean
22 months ago

No real Trump supporter would ever do this. Donation page is going out to all his real supporters. Time to come together and end this kind of hate. Trump love all and I am certain will be horrified about this hate crime. There is no way he or anyone connected to him would ever do this. I pray for the person who did. May God forgive you.

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Mark R Watson
22 months ago

I am a Trump supporter, and if I was there I would be helping to clean up and re-build this church; AND I want to see the disgusting waste of air person(s) responsible brought to justice. KKK, Nazis, ALL of them need to evolve or leave the planet. NO SPACE FOR RACIAL HATE. They are TERRORISTS. No matter WHO is responsible. You are all in our prayers. THIS IS NOT OKAY. We stand in SOLIDARITY with the victims of this crime, and advocate MAXIMUM PENALTIES for the hateful offenders. I will donate as soon as I get paid. God bless you all.

+ Read More
Andy Parrish
22 months ago

Rather than speculate who did it, how about we agree it was an idiot and the church needs help, regardless? Either make a donation or move along...

+ Read More
Jolie Arsenault
22 months ago

I'm a Christian and a Trump Supporter. I hope the pastor will pray for our country and that the donations will help rebuild the church.

+ Read More
Oscar Poole
22 months ago

I am a Trump supporter who HATES what has been done by hoodlums and want to send a donation to the church. But the number given by Christen will not take my cell phone call! I need some responsible information ASAP! THANKS someone!

+ Read More
MarciaDale Geyer
22 months ago

I do not believe for one minute this was Trump. I am white and this to me is just horrible. But what Satan meant for evil our precious Lord will bring good out of.

+ Read More
Bobby Volpendesta
22 months ago

yo you don't need to make this fundraiser about trump guys. no one cares if you support him. donation is NOT "going out to all his real supporters." donation is going to a church that was horrifically vandalized for no reason

+ Read More
Sherrie Mathieson
22 months ago

There are deranged people in this world that exist within both parties. Truthfully they will never represent any party or candidate --hopefully! TRUMP does not deserve to be blamed for their behavior--as he would definitely condemn it. I'm an Independent that has voted for TRUMP and would hope that this terrible crime will not deter you from voting TRUMP!

+ Read More
Cristen Hemmins
22 months ago

The way GoFundMe works, a contact from Hopewell church will have to contact GFM with an EIN, personal SS#, and bank info. Then and only then will GFM transfer the funds raised. Blair Reeves who set this up will never access the money. I am trying to get a PO Box or contact info for the church, in case people would prefer to mail a check the old-fashioned way (so the church gets 100%). Everyone in Greenville is very busy, understandably. I have called Mayor Simmons's office twice, and Fire Chief Brown's office as well. If I can get a mailing address for donations, I will post it here.

+ Read More
Greg Kay
22 months ago

WHEN THEY GO LOW ! WE GO HIGH!!..

+ Read More
Jeff Lindsey
22 months ago

I came to this page from an article on Huffpost. The article states Huffpost has been in contact with GoFundMe personnel who have assured the news agency that they will only release the funds directly to tbs church so I doubt you have to worry about your money not going where it's supposed to.

+ Read More
Jon Scholl
22 months ago

The burning of a church this is a hate crime and I'm sorry your Church got caught in the middle of all this! I'm a Trump supporter but this is unthinkable and hateful. I gave $10.00 good luck to rebuilding!

+ Read More
Daniel del Puerto
22 months ago

It's already being reported on by CNN...I'm sure they're salivating at the prospect of finding their imaginary Trump KKK supporter that did this...they'll probably have better luck finding a unicorn in outer space :) Folks, donate, it's LEGIT. Let's Show CNN our LOVE! http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/us/mississippi-black-church-vandalized-vote-trump/

+ Read More
Cristen Hemmins
22 months ago

Hi All--I have been in touch with Blair, who set up this GoFundMe page, multiple times today, and I feel confident that he is legit and wants this money to go directly to the church.

+ Read More
Mack Forgey
22 months ago

That's a brilliant way to win support for your candidate- set fire to a church while the other guy is kissing babies. I shudder to think how many people would be stupid enough to believe it. Who benefits?

+ Read More
Vas Kozyreff
22 months ago
9
9

This should not be a forum for political rhetoric. It should be used as an avenue to help rebuild. Whoever is to blame, and they know who they are, is not important. The congregation needs your help, they are the victims. Whether you donate via Go-Fund Me or directly to:Hopewell Baptist Church 654 N Delesseps St, Greenville, MS 38701 Please donate. No-one deserves this......

+ Read More
Valerie Crawford
22 months ago
9
9

This is not the time for spewing hate or placing blame. If you don't have anything positive to say please be quiet. As a child of God we all belong to the same family. One LORD, one faith, one baptism. We're praying for you Hopewell. Our God is obviously working something out in your favor. To God be the Glory!

+ Read More
Mark Barney
22 months ago
8
8

Another Trump supporter, donation on the way. This is disgusting. Has nothing to do with Trump, or his real supporters. Hillary is going to jail, this church is going to be rebuilt bigger, stronger, and more beautiful, and trump will be our next president. MAGA

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Jamie Shows
22 months ago
8
8

Conservatives have to stop blaming all their problems on African Americans. It is not acceptable to burn down their churches. It just isn't. We know many of these Republicans switched to the Republican Party after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They never wanted African Americans to have their rights -- and that is vile. But this is unacceptable, and it needs to be checked.

+ Read More
Rachel Wood
22 months ago
7
7

Dear Frank Dean,...You are wrong...This is exactly what Trump wants and is promoting at his rallies...PERIOD

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