He may not have been the hero we'd expect for the monumental task of initiating the process of welcoming the Gentiles into the Church, but Cornelius reminds us that God chooses unexpected people who have a heart for Him and for their neighbors. Cornelius also reminds us to set aside our assumptions about who God is willing to use and include in His plans.
Apologies in advance to any American friends who may be listening to this. I'm sure you'll never invade Alberta looking for freshwater. Please?