September 8, 2016

Adventist Pastor Finds Suspected Burglar Sleeping in His Bed

A Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Ghana returned home after a busy Sabbath day to find a suspected burglar sound asleep in his bed.

Asare Nyarko, a pastor in Asamankese, a city of 40,000 people in southern Ghana, arrived home with his family around midnight last Saturday to find signs that someone had broken in, Ghana’s Graphic Online newspaper reported.

Nyarko rushed to the police station to file a report, but the officers did not immediately accompany him to his house. So he returned home with several elders from his church and found a man sleeping in his bedroom.

“The man was fast asleep on my bed, to the extent that not even the noise we made could wake him up,” Nyarko told the Graphic Online.

The man, identified as Richard Yeboah, 27, had apparently broken into the room through the ceiling and had fallen asleep before he could steal anything.

It was unclear why the man fell asleep on the pastor’s bed. Neighbors think that the Holy Spirit might have played a role.

“Neighbors believe the suspect was arrested by the Holy Spirit,” the Graphic Online reported.

This is not the only odd occurrence between Adventists and suspected burglars in recent weeks.

Two male suspects were detained at the church’s headquarters in the Netherlands in the early hours of Aug. 19 after the building’s alarm system was tripped. The suspects hid in the attic at first, but the police located them using thermal imaging. When they tried to flee, they fell through the ceiling and got stuck between two walls. Firefighters had to be called in to rescue them.

Read: Dutch Adventist Leader Welcomes Burglars to Church

In Ghana, the pastor snapped a photo of the sleeping suspect before waking him up. He and the elders escorted the man to the police station, where they handed him over together with the photo.

Police chief Wisdom Akorli said the suspect would be charged shortly.