Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chilean Miners - #2282 - 2 Chilean Miners Accept Christ While Trapped Underground - Baptist Press

José Henríquez leads a small group of men in prayer every evening in northern Chile -- 2,300 feet below the surface of the earth. For more than two months, 33 Chilean miners had been trapped beneath the desert floor in a chamber the size of a living room. A partial collapse blocked the mine exit Aug. 5. Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne confirmed Oct. 11 that a trial run of a rescue capsule was successful. The miners' rescue is scheduled to begin at midnight, Oct. 12. When the mine collapsed, three of the miners -- including Henríquez -- were Christians. Since then, two more of them have made professions of faith. "It was José who made the request that an evangelical pastor come to minister to the miners and their families," said Bryan Wolf, an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary serving in Vallenar, Chile.Rescue engineer Igor Bravo, a member of First Baptist Church of Santiago, was one of the first to hear of Henríquez's request for a pastor and contacted the Chilean Baptist Union. Bernardino Morales, director of the Baptist union's Social Testimony Network, searched for a pastor who lived near the mine in Copiapó but no one was available. Two weeks ago he called Marcelo Leiva, pastor of Vallenar Baptist Church in Vallenar, Chile, located about two hours away.  Read more.......

Chilean Miners Say 'Thank you, Lord' For Their Rescue - Baptist Press - As 33 trapped miners in Chile stepped out of a rescue capsule to greet the world again Oct. 12-13, many wore a T-shirt with ¡Gracias Señor! (Thank you, Lord!) printed across the front. Christian Maureira, national director of Campus Crusade for Christ in Chile, provided the T-shirts to the miners, who were trapped 2,300 feet underground when a partial collapse blocked the mine exit on Aug. 5. Rescuers worked more than two months to free them from beneath a half-mile of rock. "When I saw the miners on TV [wearing the shirts], my heart was like this ... really fast," Christian Maureira said about watching the rescue. "I was really excited because a lot of people around the world were looking at that. They gave the glory to God -- wow!" Read more.......

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