After a 3-year-old boy went missing in his community, Grimes County, Texas, resident Tim Halfin said he felt God was leading him to the boy’s location.
Christopher Ramirez went missing around 1:30 pm last Wednesday after he chased his dog into the woods by his house. Ramirez’s mother, Araceli Nunez, knew something was wrong when the dog returned home without her son.
Lost for four days in the woods, Ramirez was finally found on Saturday by Halfin.
According to Faithwire, Halfin was sitting in a Bible study on Saturday when he first learned about the missing toddler. ABC News reports that as soon as Halfin learned of Ramirez’s disappearance, he felt called by God to go and search for him.
At around 11:45 am, Halfin began searching for Ramirez in the woods near his home when he suddenly heard the voice of a child.
“I said, ‘Christopher, is that you?'” Halfin recalled. “Then he speaks again, and I’m like, ‘Whoa! Praise God!'”
Soon, Halfin would stumble upon Christopher, who had removed all of his clothes and was in the woods alone. Halfin quickly called 911, and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene with Nunez.
“I don’t know what to make of it,” Halfin told Good Morning America. “All I know is he was found safe. When I picked him up, he was still talking. He wasn’t shaking, he wasn’t nervous — the things I would expect. Maybe he just sensed, ‘I’ve been found.'”
Halfin added that it must have been “divine” intervention that led him to Ramirez.
Before being found by Halfin, the county sheriff’s department had spared no cost looking for the toddler, deploying drones, aircraft, K-9 units and search parties to find him.
“Words cannot describe how I felt when I held him for the first time,” Nunez said of being reunited with her son. “It was incredible.”
In a Monday news conference after the toddler was brought to the hospital, Nunez also called his rescue a “miracle.”