Stolen artifacts recovered in Hope

Historic bibles returned to Christ Church National Historic Site

A set of original bibles stolen from Christ Church National Historic Site last month have now been returned.

The artifacts were left at Joshua Lemmens house last Thursday at about 2 a.m. After hearing a loud knock, he opened the door to find an old leather satchel filled with the bibles sitting on his doorstep.

“When I found out about this a month ago, I put the word out to some marginalized people in the community,” said Lemmens, who is part of the ministerial team at Northwest Harvest Church and the vice-president of Trails Crossing Friendship Centre.

“Basically I said to them all ‘when you’re stealing bibles and religious artifacts, that’s bad Karma and it’s going to come back to you.’ Somebody felt obliged to return them.”

Lemmens returned the bibles to Christ Church on Thursday morning.

“The sense of relief in walking in and seeing them sitting there on the desk was phenomenal,” said site supervisor Darla Dickenson, noting that the bibles had very minimal damage.

“To have such an essential piece of history returned means a lot to not just Christ Church as a national historic site, but to the community of Hope. There’s a thankfulness throughout the whole community that they’ve been returned.”

Just Posted

High school completion rates up in Agassiz and Hope

2017-2018 school year shows 10.7 per cent increase in graduating students

Hope man receives letter of apology after being escorted out of Chilliwack library

Mike Wilson fears the same treatment he received Nov. 2 by security guards will happen to others

Chilliwack school kids draw ‘don’t drink and drive’ messages on liquor store bags

Children from six elementary schools decorate bags as part of promotion created by local Mountie

New exercise class in Hope fills a need for those who can’t attend other seniors fitness classes

Get Up & Go is gentle exercise with a goal of increasing quality of life and social connections

PHOTOS: Christmas comes early for Hope shoppers

Local merchants kept shops open late for Dec. 8 Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star, ‘Big’ director Penny Marshall dies

Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75.

B.C. Court of Appeal to rule in terror case that centres on RCMP conduct

B.C.’s appeal court is scheduled to release a decision today on a couple whose guilty verdict over plotting to blow up the provincial legislature was thrown out by a lower court judge.

Trump backs off on demand for $5 billion to build a border wall

Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Canadian detained in China, not clear if related to two other detentions

Reports suggest the person is not a diplomat or entrepreneur doing business in China.

Trudeau sees 2019 election as choice between positive Liberals, divisive Tories

Trudeau is drawing much the same battle lines that propelled the Liberals to a come-from-behind victory in 2015

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla, Highway 3

Make sure to equip winter tires if travelling

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Coquihalla closed between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

Most Read