Acts 10:1-2 NASB
1 Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort,
2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.
He was a Gentile that feared God and recognized God's people. God answered his prayers because of this. It is the same today.