Alejandro Arias, the Boy Preacher, knows all about the importance of faith. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, he gave his heart to God at age seven. Not long afterward, doctors told him he had a cancerous tumour lodged between his heart and lungs, and had only months to live.
Alejandro was certain that God had bigger things in mind for him. He and his family began a massive prayer campaign, and three months later, his medical team discovered that miraculously, his tumour had disappeared.
Alejandro has come to understand his gifting of healing, moving in the anointing he received from God, and offering living proof that miracles still happen.
Talking to Matt Prater on Vision’s 20Twenty program, he said the Lord called him at a very young age to preach, and he’s been doing it full-time since age eleven. At just twelve years old, he even led his own sceptical father to the Lord through one of his sermons.
“I’ve been preaching the gospel non-stop all over the world, 48 nations,” he said. “And it’s been such a great privilege to take the Good News all over the world, in five continents, and now here in Australia. I’m believing the best is yet to come.”
Alejandro has a good reason to love Australia. In 2007, when God first showed him a vision of our country, he knew very little about it, but he followed the path God set out before him. He was about to speak at a rally uniting Perth’s six Hispanic churches, when one of the ushers started speaking to him in Spanish.
Rebecca had been attending a Hispanic church near her home and had picked up the language over the past two years. “That was the intro card,” Alejandro said. “What I didn’t know is that in the back of her mind, she was already praying for the event, and also she felt like, maybe down the road, that I was going to be the one. She had that impression, but it took me a year to realise where God was leading us.”