We had driven 953 miles across Mozambique and were only 38 miles from our destination. The night had become very dark, and we were exhausted after 12 hours of travel.
I had been able to import, with great effort and cost, some Portuguese literature for an evangelistic campaign, and my wife and I were trying to get it to the meetings in time. Unfortunately, being new to this country, we didn’t know it was flood season.
As we drove onto a bridge over a river, some boys began waving at us. We waved back and drove down off the bridge—into high water. The river had overflowed and water was lapping against our car windows. We knew the engine would stall any minute, and the literature in the trunk would be ruined. It was too dark to see how far the water extended, and too dangerous to back up.
The current was very strong. Our lives were in danger and I felt like despairing. I asked my wife to pray while I continued to drive, wondering what to do. Suddenly a big car came rapidly from behind and passed us. “I’ll follow in his wake,” I thought.
For the next mile and a half we followed the bright taillights through the water, which was visibly lowered by the passage of the vehicle. Finally, the road emerged from the water. We were safe!
We looked all around, but the car we had followed was gone. It had disappeared! I stopped our car. My legs were shaking and my wife began to cry. We hugged each other and prayed in thanksgiving to God.
Soon we arrived at the hotel that was our destination. That night we gave thanks for two miracles: the angel car that had led us through the waters, and the angel hands that had sealed our trunk. Not a drop of water had entered it. The literature was completely dry!
We will never forget the day God fulfilled His promise in Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (NIV).
Originally from Brazil, Dilson and Lea Bezerra were missionaries in Africa for six years, the past three at the Mozambique Union where Dilson served as the ministerial secretary and vice president, and Lea was the office secretary. They now live in Texas, where Dilson pastors the San Antonio Highland Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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