In an Associated press article found in my Thursday Oct. 14, 2010 Oregonian newspaper, the individual stories of each of the 33 miners rescued after 69 days in a Chilean mine were shared along with a snap shot photo of each of the men. These particular stories of the men trapped 2,300 feet below ground were a mere 20-30 words, but still said so much. I wondered, what would they say about me and my story in 20 to 30 words?
One story out of the 33 stood out especially to me: Jose Henriquez who was 55, married and had twin daughters; he “led a prayer group while trapped and had 33 small bibles sent down the supply
hole.” And, he has spent 33 years working in the mines.
To think about having bibles sent down the supply hole for him and the other men, as well as organizing a prayer group, wow.
Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera, noted the faith of the 33 miners while other stories of faith have emerged from various news sources. Many of miners being pulled from Chile’s San Jose mine Wednesday were wearing tan Jesus T-shirts over their coveralls. Apparently, 17 days into the 69 day ordeal, an audio version of the The Jesus Film Project was sent down the supply tube for the miners to listen to. The Jesus Film Project is produced by Campus Crusade for Christ.
And the youngest miner, 19-year-old Jimmy Sanchez, corrected the news media, referencing a letter he wrote while still underground: “There are actually 34 of us,” the 19-year-old said, “because God has never left us down here.”
The power of only a few words about the faith of men trapped underground for 69 long dark days.