God Taught Him English

By D. A. Delafield

Another miracle connected with the sale of a copy of The Great Controversy took place near Cordelia, California. An Adventist selling door to door sold an English copy of the book to a Catholic Italian immigrant farmer named Oberti. Although Oberti had learned to speak some English, he could not read the language. Oddly, knowing that he couldn’t read the book, he still accepted the delivered copy and paid for it. Oberti put The Great Controversy on a shelf in the kitchen of his little cabin and returned to work in his cherry orchard.

After dinner that evening he remembered the book. Deciding to look at the pictures, he took it down from the kitchen shelf and opened it. Turning to the frontispiece, he studied it, then flipped past the title page, the publishers’ preface, the introduction, the table of contents, and the list of illustrations, and finally came to the beginning of chapter one. Forgetting that the book was in English, he read the first page and continued on to the next. Suddenly he realized that he understood the English words. Interested in what Mrs. White had to say, he continued reading until he finished the chapter. He went to the second chapter and before many days finished the entire book. God had given him the ability to read the English language.

The ideas Oberti found in the book remained in his mind, and he accepted the teaching of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and joined it. He served as an officer in his local church for many years. In addition, from the day he first started reading The Great Controversy until the end of his life he could read English


Ministry Over Christmas Break

Ever since the I did the summer Youth Rush my parents have been very nice to any door-to-door, canvassers no matter what they were doing or selling. So I’m sitting in my kitchen during Christmas break and someone comes to the door. I can hear what he’s saying, something along the lines of cracks in the basement floor and if he wanted us to check them. It was a weak canvass, he gave up before my mom gave him a full answer. Without thinking much about it I got up grabbed a bottle out of the fridge and a “Gift for You” GLOW and told my mom I would be back. It just kinda happened, it wasn’t a fully conscious thought. By the time I was out the door he was all the way down the street and I had to chase him down.

I got to him and handed him the water and GLOW. I told him “You know its cold, and you’re probably tired, so here you go. I do this work too so I know what it feels like.” He asked me what I did and where I went to school and I explained a little. He finally said, “You know, thank you so much. I’m not having a good day today. Today was my pity party day, I just decided to be down. Thank you for reminding me that I can sometimes not be a nice person at doors. And you know, Jesus is my Savior too (gesturing at the GLOW)”

“That’s awesome!” I told him, I was excited and asked him if he had anything he wanted me to pray for. He said, “Oh yeah! Pray for me, and my relationship with my daughter and my daughter’s mother and my current wife.” I said I would and asked if he wanted me to pray with him right now, he agreed. So here I am, praying with a grown man I just met in the middle of my street. He hugged me and thanked me. As I went back to my house I praised God, I was home
at the time, I praised Him for urging me to go to him, and I praised Him once again for letting me canvass this past summer. God is good!