Published: Oct 04, 2010 11:02 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 04, 2010 8:02 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Thieves took thousands of dollars in aluminum from New Testament Baptist Church in Cape Coral over the weekend. The aluminum was going to be used to build steps and railings to get into portable trailers that were to be transformed into classrooms.

"It's been a long awaited process for us," said Michael Garr, Associate Pastor of New Testament Baptist Church.

Garr says students, teachers - everyone at the church have been waiting to expand their school.

"These portables were going to provide us, more room to add more students to our school," he said.

The church has 56 students, grades K-12. Currently they share classrooms. The church does have portable trailers out back for more classroom space, but they can't use them until they get construction aluminum to build platforms, ramps and stairs.

"We've been in much prayer about this," Garr said.

At a cost of $25,000 there was no way the church could afford it. Finally, at an auction the church was able to buy the aluminum, but at a fraction of the cost.

"When we achieved this accomplishment we were so excited," Garr said.

Then the excitement turned to sadness. Not long after the aluminum was delivered, someone stole almost all of the it. The thieves left behind only one platform and some railings. Now the church's planned classroom expansion is up in the air, but if they get it back, they're willing to forgive.

"There is always forgiveness who can admit fault and admit their guilt," Garr said.

The church hoped to have it's new classrooms ready by December.