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Answered Prayers

It was the month of October of 2012. I was on my way back from a prayer meeting in the Pagosa Springs church in Colorado. It was night time and a few minutes into the trip that my vehicle suddenly had a problem, which prompted me to pull over. In that mountainous region there was no cellphone signal, therefore I was unable to communicate with anyone about my problem. So I prayed and asked God to send someone to help me. Miraculously the engine worked for a few more miles before the problem came back, where I found an ample rest area next to the road. There were two trailer trucks already parked there, but I didn’t ask the drivers for a hand because I figured they might be sleeping.

A short time later another trailer truck slowly pulled in and parked very close to my vehicle. So I told the driver I needed help and he kindly helped me solve the problem. Before leaving I handed him a Christian magazine called El Centinela, and he asked me if I was a Christian. When I told him that I am a Christian pastor he got very excited and told me he had been begging God to send him someone to help him resolve a conflict he was having with his conscience, which had been tormenting him for quite some time. Curiously enough, I had also praying and asking God to send someone to help me fix my car. In the midst of that solitary place—located between the mountains, I advised and prayed with the man, that God would give him peace so he could continue his trip without torment. He was very thankful to God and said he was already feeling a lot better. We shared our names and got each others cellphone numbers.

Several days later when we started to communicate, I offered him the opportunity to study the Bible, which he gladly accepted. Over a period of time I presented to him the prophecies of Revelation, which he already had a basic understanding of from his membership in another denomination. As he traveled throughout a number of different states, he received the Bible studies I sent him via his cell phone, which begin to open his eyes to great truths he had previously ignored. When he heard of the Sabbath doctrine, he did not hesitate to ask his boss to allow him to stop working every Friday evening and to resume only after the Sabbath was over. It was of great blessing that his boss accepted this request, and in every city or town he stopped in, he would search for an Seventh-day Adventist church to congregate in on Sabbath. In that way he was able to meet many brothers and sisters in Christ who heard his testimony. They gave him many publications and invited him to eat in their homes. Alberto also began to share what he had learned and his testimony with his coworkers.

Every two weeks he would go back home to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where he lived with his family. And of course he told them everything he had learned from God’s word. Alberto attended the Adventist church in El Paso, Texas, which is very near to his home city, where his mother lived. He wanted to help her find a better religious experience than she had known. On several occasions the pastor in El Paso invited him to be baptized, but Alberto told him that he wanted to come to Colorado to be baptized by the pastor he had met by the roadside.

In June of 2015, I held an evangelistic campaign in the Adventist church in Bloomfield, New Mexico, and encouraged Alberto to get permission from his job to travel there and be baptized at the end of the campaign. Alberto made the arrangements with his company and after almost three years from our first encounter on the road near Pagosa Springs, I had the privilege of introducing Alberto to the Bloomfield church—who had already heard of his story and were eager to meet him. The following day, before the baptism, Alberto announced that on that same Sabbath (June 27) and almost that same hour, his mother was also being baptized in the church of El Paso. Glory to God for this victory! The evangelist in charge of the campaign baptized six people and I had the privilege to finish the ceremony by baptizing Alberto and welcoming him into God’s family. A number of members from my church district came to participate in the spiritual party and to personally get to know Alberto.

The next day Alberto joyfully returned home with the firm determination to continue working in the preaching of the gospel so that others could also enjoy the truth that had set him free. And all of this was made possible through a cellphone, after an encounter prepared by God, where He allowed a mechanical problem to occur with my car so that Alberto could get to know the divine message that has transformed his heart. Thank God for his mysterious ways to rescue those who are lost! “For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.” (Psalm 86:10, NASB)

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About Ruben Balaguer

Ruben Balaguer

At the time of this story, Ruben served as a pastor in the Rocky Mountain Conference.

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