STOCKTON — Deacon Stephen Bentley become elbow-deep in wrenches and wheels Thursday.
With the motorbike repair ministry of Saint John the Evangelist Church, Deacon Bentley is all approximately sustenance and salvation for Stockton souls in want.
“The first factor they will ask is, ‘How a whole lot does it price?’ And I say, ‘It’s free,'” Bentley said. “And you may see their eyes extensive and open. ‘It’s loose? Well, how do you guys stay in the enterprise?’ I say, ‘It’s all donation based.'”
His church is named for the person believed to have delivered Jesus’ message to the sector through John’s Gospel. But the deacon has his very own message for those who have added the worst of the sector to his shop’s door.
“The run-ins were very disheartening. We’ve had four because remaining June,” Bentley stated.
Shop surveillance video shows the final two wreck-ins. The first came from 4 a.M. On Jan. 6, when one man in a darkish hoodie and every other in Golden State Warriors clothing compelled their manner into the store on East Miner Avenue to scouse borrow.
Four days later, at five:12 a.M., one man can be seen breaking in and grabbing a motorbike.
The place that’s below assault is called the HUB, which stands for Helping Urban Bicyclists. It’s meant for the homeless and others who’ve no other way to get around besides on wheels.
When the HUB has been hit by way of thieves within the past, it has ended up being a double whammy.
“Unfortunately, one of the bikes that became stolen belonged to someone who ultimately sued me for the value of their motorcycle, and that is cash out of our pocket,” Bentley stated.
The lack of money and growing aggravation due to the fact ultimately, June forced them to shut down for per week. Now, they’re fighting to live open inside the face of the modern-day heists.
“We are there to provide you with what you need. You don’t have to break in and do this,” Bentley said. “You are available and speak to me. You are available and communicate to us, and we’re going to do the first-class that we can to provide you with the satisfactory offerings that we can.”