Pastor Ignacio Goya Iglesia shares his recent story of how he served as a volunteer security guard at his neighborhood mosque.
"While driving through Annapolis, I felt convicted that I needed to pull out and enter into the local mosque. This was not my first time stepping into the mosque, but previous times my presence had not seem to be meaningful, so I left in the end without connecting to anyone. But today, it was different. Right before my eyes, there was a man who seemed immersed in the reading of the Qur'an.
I introduced myself, and he immediately inquired for my "home mosque" , to which I responded, "no sir, I am not a Muslim. He seemed inquisitive, as if wondering why was I there. So I responded, "I am a Seventh-day Adventist Pastor; we are those who don't eat pork not drink alcohol , and we worship only one God..."
As my words were sinking it, I let him that the only reason I was there was because I felt God prompting to enter. I then expressed my concern over the current situation of the Muslim community at the moment. Then I asked: Is "there is something that I can do as a seventh day Adventist Pastor for you or for this mosque?"
Without hesitation, he said, "this is an answer to our prayers!, you see, last night all the leaders of this mosque discussed about the current crisis which has lead us to feel fearful. We fear that somebody may enter into our mosque and randomly start shooting us... then someone suggested that maybe we needed to identify someone from our community to stand guard our backs as we pray."
I offered to be that person at the door of the mosque on Friday, keeping alert while they prayed. I explained that since Friday is my preparation day for the sabbath, I would only be able to come at the noon prayers.
Our providential encounter ended with a sincere prayer asking God to bless that mosque and for the protection of angels over every believer.
The Muslim man was moved by my sincere prayer and said: "you just pray like us! thank you so much for being God's messenger".