It must have been over ten years ago! My children were teenagers. We were in Brazil and I ministered at a Full Gospel Business Men’s Convention on David, A Man After God’s Own Heart”. I also interpreted for some American speaker that I don’t recall who for sure. After the convention, we went north to the city of Maceio and spent a week on vacation. I don’t recall exactly all the details of what happened on the way back to Rio, but I do recall the some important details. My parents were with us, our children, Philipe and Gaby, Teresa my wife of course and me. On the way back we missed our flight and had to take another flight with a stop over in either Recife or Fortaleza with a four hour layover. We decided to take a cab and go to the Shopping Center. We split when we got there and me and Philipe went into a store. Suddenly I hear my name called. I wondered who knew me in that place I had never been before. A man with tears in his eyes approached me and told me his story: He had been in the convention in Rio and saw me there. He had a desire to learn English, to prech in English and interpret just I had interpreted in Rio. He believed if I prayed for him he would receive what he called “an anointing to learn the language”. Not only that, he prayed on that day that he would meet me and had told his wife that he saw me coming into that store in that shopping and he was waiting for me. I was touched by the fact that God had answered his prayer, that God changed our flight plan and brought me to that place just to pray for him. I went ahead, prayed for him and never forgot that incident.
Today, I am in RIo attending another Full Gospel Convention in 2011. After the meeting I went out with some friends to a restaurant to eat pizza. As I was leaving a man comes to me with tears in his eyes. “Do you remember me? I am the man you prayed for years ago to learn English,” and he told me the story I just told you. He said, I saw you at the convention but was embarassed to talk to you and here you are at the same restaurant (mind you that RIo is a huge city and I hardly go to that restaurant). He told me, “I asked God for a chance to talk to you to give you my testimony. Today (he said) I speak perfectly English, I preach in English and I interpret.” And then he began to speak to me in a perfect English.
God is amazing. You never know how you will be use to be an answer to prayer to someone.