South Bend pastor says prayer scared away day care burglars

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

A South Bend pastor, robbed at gunpoint at his home day care, says the power of prayer saved several lives.

It happened late Monday morning in the 1100-block of East Cedar at Nana's Daycare.

Pastor Willie Davis says that after going through about 20 minutes of mental torture, the men realized they had the wrong home.

The couple says as soon as the two men pulled out guns, they prayed out loud to God. The men were looking for drugs. Instead, they found a house of prayer with little children.

Hours later, the couple actually received an apology from the men.

Renee Davis says two black men came to the door and demanded "work."

"I guess that means he came to look for drugs, so my husband said, 'No, not here. This is a day care and I'm a man of God. I preach the word,'" Renee explains.

The men weren't buying it, so they forced their way inside.

"They had the handgun out. They allowed me and my husband to go to one side of the room and my daughter-in-law and the other children to sit in a circle together," Renee recalls.

While one man raided the home, the other insisted that Pastor Willie give them the "work."

Renee can still hear the words loud and clear: "We're going to just shoot this man … if he don't give us the work. We're going to just shoot him."

Not knowing what to do, Pastor Willie and Renee began to pray out loud with the children. The men then pulled off Willie's pants, took his wallet, and began to realize that they weren't going to find any drugs there.

Davis says it was his clergy license in his wallet that saved his life.

"He said, "Man, stop. We're in the wrong place," Renee recalls.

Hours later, the couple received an apology.

"My husband called the cell phone and they answered the cell phone and they just began to apologize. They said, 'We are so sorry, I don't know what to say,'" Renee explains.

"I'm pretty sure, with no doubt, they're thinking right now that there truly is a God," Pastor Willie said.

The couple says they don't have a great description of the two men. They remember them as black and in their 20's with medium builds.

Police are still looking for these men, but Pastor Willie believes that, after the lesson the men got in his home, they'll stop this type of behavior.

Besides the cell phone, they stole about $90 out of Pastor Willie's wallet and a 37-inch screen television.

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