Racial slur written on door of SW Missouri church

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) - The pastor of a southwest Missouri church found a racial slur directed at Hispanics on his building but doesn't want to press charges against the teenage suspects.

The Joplin Globe reported that Pastor Greg Earl wants the teens to come to Mission of Encouragement Church and get to know the Hispanic members. The Golden City church began offering a Spanish-language service in August.

Earl says the slur was written using chalk and came off easily with window cleaner.

Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw says two teens were identified as responsible and that the parties are working together to find a reasonable resolution.

Earl says he doesn't want the teens to have a record. He wants them to "repent and come to the Lord."

Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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