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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -
The founders of a Thomasville ministry say violent home invaders not only stole from them, but also took items meant to help people in need over the holidays.
Three men with assault rifles forced their way inside Gary Johnson and Dorris Hill's Fern Street home early Saturday morning and held guns to their head as they searched for money and jewelry.
Gary Johnson and his wife Dorris say they will never forget what happened to them this past weekend.
"I was back in my bedroom and the doorbell was ringing and I came to the door and there was a little guy standing there and he asked me if I had a cigarette," said Johnson.
Johnson says just a few seconds later, two more guys wearing black ski masks and carrying assault rifles jumped out from the corner of the house and pushed him inside.
"My wife says just take the television and the guy says we don't want no television. We want the money and the jewelry."
The couple says they did not think they were going to make it out this situation alive.
"One of the guys had a gun to my wife's head and I told her, I just want you to know that I love you. She was like, why are you saying that. Because I knew in that point in time that they were getting ready to kill us," said Johnson.
"I just laid there and prayed cause like my husband said, I knew they were going to kill us," said Hill.
Gary and Dorris are the co-founders of the Brotherhood of Love Ministry.
They say the thieves not only stole the money they needed to pay their rent, but also the food they were going to use for their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser.
"This is not going to stop us. This is just a set back, but it will not stop us from doing what we are supposed to do to help the needy in the community," said Johnson.
Neighbors say they could not believe anyone would do this to the Johnsons.
"It's just tragic to see things like this in our neighborhood. I'm hoping whoever it was that they catch them," said Neighbor Leroy Ross.
The Thomasville Police Department says they are continuing with their investigation, but no arrests have been made.
If you would like to donate to the Johnson's relief effort or their Thanksgiving fundraiser call 786-312-5564.