“Hope Underground: The 33 Chilean Miners – A Story of Faith and Miracles” Details the Chile Miners’ Rescue


A new book describes the deep faith of the 33 Chilean miners trapped for 70 days in a San Jose mine, 2,300 feet underground – a faith that helped them, their families and friends, survive the intense ordeal.

Hope Underground: The 33 Chilean Miners – A Story of Faith and Miracles, is a story told by a local minister who bonded spiritually with the families of the miners and, later, the miners themselves. The 33 miners, trapped in a collapsed underground shaft for over two months, from Aug. 5 to Oct. 13, 2010, attracted the attention, compassion and prayers of the entire globe. When they were finally brought out to the surface unharmed, the world rejoiced.
Churches across Chile hosted around-the-clock vigils and special services as rescuers pulled the men to the surface one-by-one. As the first miner was brought above ground, Santiago Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel said the lives of the 33 men should be seen as a sign of the need all people have for redemption.
Pope Benedict XVI offered his prayers for the rescue of the miners in late August, and in October, he expressed his hope that the ongoing rescue effort would be completed safely.
“I recommend the miners of the Atacama region to the divine goodness [of God] with hope,” the pontiff said at the time.
“For the millions who prayed for a miracle, this event has become a spiritual heritage for the whole world, a stirring reminder that God listens to the pleas of His children,” states the press release of Hope Undergrond, which was published by Imago Dei Books.
Source: Christian Post | Luiza Oleszczuk 

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