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    Chile: God at work amongst "the 33" miners

    A minister friend of mine from England wrote the following to me today: "Reports have been flooding in of the way that each one of the Chilean miners (‘los 33’) either continued in their faith or came to know the Lord Jesus during their prolonged stay underground. Just as the Lord moved amongst the three in the fiery furnace (Dan. 3:24-25) so they movingly recorded that the 33 became 34, because they were so aware of the Lord Jesus right there with them. Many of them had the words "In whose hand are the depths of the earth" (Psalm 95:4) inscribed on the back of their jackets. It is a wonderful reminder that there really is no place that the Lord cannot reach. cf. see here.

    The President of Chile’s chaplain gave a well handled interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, which really gives the glory to the Lord. "Revd Cooper: “I am a chaplain in the presidential palace and so we had to quickly put together an emergency prayer meeting and it was with all our hearts because to imagine these 33 men a kilometre under the earth not knowing whether they were alive or what was going through their minds. 17 days we prayed and then the miracle came when the boring machine glanced off a rock and hit them – hit the cavern they were in – and of course we just erupted in praise. The second service the president called for was a praise meeting so we had a thanksgiving service and then of course we’ve had constant prayer. And this has been one of the interesting factors for folk like us to notice. Many of the miners went down as atheists or unbelievers or semi-believers and they have come up to a man testifying that they were not 33 but that there were 34 down there – that Jesus was there with them and that they had a constant sense of his presence and guidance.” You can read or listen to it all here." - JS

    Posted by John Samson on October 23, 2010 10:06 AM

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