The Bellevue Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sat next door to the Islamic Center for decades. The church saw this as an opportunity to lend a hand.
This week the church offered its neighbors a large open room (a converted classroom) free of charge for families to gather and pray for as long as they need.
The Church Director of Public Affairs, Gordon Wilson said,
“It’s really very simple, It’s just neighbors helping neighbors. Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbor.’ They’re right next door. How can it be more obvious than that?”
The church even left a welcome sign at the front door, along with two large boards covered in messages of hope from members of their congregation.
Board member of the Islamic Centre, Shams Pirbhai expressed his gratitude and said,
“It was a surprise, and it was very heartwarming. That means a lot to me and to our whole congregation.”
The Islamic Center community plans to lease a larger space in the next few months, but now they don’t have to rush.
Pirbhai says their community has been blown away by the outpouring of support from families and groups around Bellevue. And this gesture holds a special place.
“They are really good neighbors and really helping us out, and we appreciate that.”