I have been in America for a little more than a year, and I have seen the faithfulness of God every day. Back home in Brazil, I watched images of America on television and dreamed about the day I would live there. One day, a friend had a similar dream. She saw a vision of me preaching to people from other nations. She said, “Thiago, God is going to send you to America; you need to prepare.”

My parents couldn’t afford to send me to America. I knew if God wanted me to go there, He would have to make a way. I also knew I had to do my part to prepare, so I started studying English. I listened to American music, watched movies, and attended church services led by American pastors. I also worked hard and began to save for that day when my dream would come true.

A friend moved to Florida and invited me to visit. Finally, I had enough money saved to go on a 15-day trip. When I arrived, all I could say was, “Wow, God, You are amazing!” I was like a kid at Disney World! I knew that one day I would live in America.

In Brazil, I continued to study hard to prepare for that day when God would answer my prayer. Every day, this dream burned in my heart. I had no idea what God had in store, but little by little, God revealed His plan. One day He spoke to my heart, “Thiago, I will do something in your life no one will understand.”I held fast to those words.

I came to America again in 2015 and visited Orlando. I immediately felt at home and knew that one day I would live there. “God, if You have something for me in America, please do something,” I prayed. And He did.

On September 15, 2015, I was working overnight at the shipping company in Brazil where I was employed. The director of the company told us that as of January 2016, the company would lose important contracts. Soon there would be no job for me. But then I remembered I had been asking God to do something. Suddenly I was happy. I knew God was closing one door and opening a new one. Now was the time for me to go to America.

I told people everywhere that in the next year, I would be moving to Orlando. Many of my friends thought I was crazy and tried to discourage me. “Thiago, it cannot be done!” they said. “There are too many obstacles!” But I trusted that if God had put this dream in my heart, He would make a way. I kept studying and praying and saving.

On February 22, 2016, I finally realized my dream. Leaving my parents and brother behind was more than difficult, but I’ve found God often asks us to leave treasured things behind to step into our purposes.

Once on the plane it hit me…it was just God and me now. He was all I had. Fear tried to rise up in my heart. I had no idea what would happen when I landed in Orlando. Would I even make it through airport immigration? I had to keep going back to God’s Word, His promises, and His faithful character and remind myself, “God is already there. Don’t be afraid!”

I arrived in Orlando on a one-way ticket and a six-month tourist visa. I had a small amount of money, but no job, no home, and no car. But I had a dream…and I had God. That’s all I needed. Upon arrival, I said three things to God: “God, I want to live in America legally. I want to serve You every day of my life here. And I want to live here permanently.”