Church leaders in Myanmar have held a worship service to reconsecrate a church in Christian-majority Chin State.
Government soldiers camped in the Tal Village church as tensions rose with local militants, after the military seized power in Myanmar in February.
Church sources told International Christian Concern that the soldiers trashed the building.
They also accused the government troops of throwing away Bibles and hymn books, or using them for different purposes.
Churches are highly respected in Chin State, even by armed militants, who see them as a safe haven where they are able to rest safely at night.
After the soldiers left, church members and Christians from nearby, gathered to clean up the building and re-dedicate the church.
They said it needed to be cleansed spiritually as well as physically.