On Thursday, the FBI attacked three churches related to the Christian Church, a prayer house in Georgia and Texas.
The FBI has not issued a statement regarding the assault.
The House of Prayer is owned by the House of Prayer Christian Churchs of America Inc., a foreign non-profit company registered with the Secretary of State of Georgia in 2004. The executives listed on this company are affiliated with a church in Georgia and use the post office in Hinesville, Georgia. Box as a mailing address.
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The church is primarily near military bases across the country and has been criticized by former members and advocacy groups for veterans who act like cults and target soldiers.
In August 2020, Washington, DC-based advocacy group Veterans Education Success asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate alleged abuse of the GI bill program by the House of Prayer Christian Church Bible Seminar. Did.
Veterans claim According to an organization letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia SAA, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Christian Church “deceived veterans during inspections, targeted veterans, funded veterans bills, compensated for veterans disability, And access veterans’ mortgages. “
Raid near Fort Gordon
Six FBI agents were seen behind the church of a prayer rally on Tobacco Road in Hepziva during the assault, which began around 7:15 am on Thursday and continued into the afternoon.
According to a property record search, the House of Prayer Christian Churchs owns the 2952 Old Tobacco Road, the address of the Assembly of Prayer Church in Richmond County.
Around 1 pm, during the investigation, agents were seen using the stairs behind the building. William McCarty of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
“We were there to help them, but we referred everything to the FBI,” McCarty said. He said he couldn’t confirm if he had been arrested.
The meeting of the Church of Prayer in Hephzibah is just outside Gate 5 in Fort Gordon.
In an email sent Thursday, Fort Gordon’s Deputy Public Relations Officer Ann H. Bowman said: Official dealings with them (despite the claims on their website). “
“There were reports to Fort Gordon law enforcement agencies about recruitment / recruitment attempts by church members, but there were no incidents, conflicts, arrests, or anything of this kind,” Bowman said Thursday night. Said in an email.
Raid near Fort Stewart
The FBI also attacked the Christian Church in Hinesville’s Prayer House on Thursday. The attack took place after 8 am on 2500 blocks of the airport road.
Onlookers observed FBI agents with weapons moving to multiple buildings while a group of women were guarded by police with weapons.
FBI spokesman Jenna Sellitto confirmed that the FBI is executing a court-approved investigation warrant. She said no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon.
The House of Prayer Christian Church in Hinesville is less than 8 miles from Fort Stewart in Liberty County.
Raid near Fort Hood
A prayer Christian church rally on Massey Street in Killeen, Texas, was also attacked by the FBI on Thursday, according to Killeen police.
The church is less than 6.4 km (4 miles) from Fort Hood.
According to officials, Killeen police officers arrived shortly after 7:30 am to assist the FBI’s traffic detours.
Former church member Ashley Demorest, who observed the attack, said he was a member of the church “until I finally fled” between the ages of 15 and 23.
Amber Fitz-Randolph, leader of Fort. According to the Hood Fallen Facebook page, launched in 2017, members of the Church of Killeen sneaked into the barracks and threatened soldiers.
In a text message Thursday afternoon, Christopher Haug, head of media at Fort Hood, said he knew the FBI was investigating the church and police were investigating it.
Demorest said he had recruited soldiers to the base as members of the church.
“When I was 16, I went with other members [Fort Hood] And do what the church calls “win the soul” to invite people to the church, “she said.
In a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia SAA in 2020 on Successful Veterans Education, the organization cited a similar solicitation.
“Winning the soul is an organized event coordinated by the HOPCC priests,” the document states. “Five days a week, individuals are paired and dispatched to recruit new members in or around the military base …. Students recruit at post offices, barracks, and base housing. . “
This document also cites the experience of recruiting certain members at a Georgia base.
Kenmore Abe, a Georgia-wide reporter for USA Today Network, contributed to this story.
This article was originally published in The Augusta Chronicle: FBI attacks House of Prayer Church in Hinesville, Georgia