“Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter, you will restore my life again from the depths of the earth.”
In August 2010, thirty-three Chile
miners were trapped in tunnels seven hundred meters below the surface for
sixty-nine long days. In the beginning
of the collapse, their team leader Luis Urzua
immediately recognized the gravity of the situation and the difficulty of any
rescue attempt. He gathered the men to
a secure place of refuge, and then organized them and their meager resources,
in order to cope with a long-term survival situation. Marvelously, the group of 33 people had all
sorts of talent that enabled them to function together and survived. Florencio Avalos
(31), second in command of the group, assisted Urzua
organizing the men. Yonni Barrios (50), became the medic of the trapped
miners, monitoring their health, giving vaccinations and providing medical
reports to the doctor’s on the surface, Mario Gomez (53), the eldest miner,
became the religious leader, organizing a chapel with a shrine, leading
prayer, as well as counseling others.
Jose Henriquez (54), who had been a preacher
and miner for 33 years-served as the miners’ pastor and organized daily
prayers, Mario Sepulveda (40), served as the energetic host of the miner’s
video journals that were sent to the surface.
Ariel Ticona (29), served as the groups
communication specialist, maintaining telephone and videoconference with the people
on the surface. Everyone had some sort
of assignment. It was a small world
that reflected the reality of the real world.
Because of faith and the cooperation of democracy, they were able to
survive the long waiting period, until they were rescued.
Mario Sepulveda later became a missionary and dedicated his life to
witness the salvation of the Lord. He
asked people to donate money to help the survivors of the earthquake that happened
about a year ago in Chile.
He said: “I believe that I’m a miracle of God. As a miracle of God, I’m not going to rest
until I die.” He also said: “During
the first 22 days inside the mine, it was the most beautiful period of time
in my life. I’d love to be a magician
and transfer everyone there to that place, so we can all understand what
human nature is like during trails.
Difficult situations make us humble, generous and willing to bow down
The difficult situations that happen in our life may not be a bad
thing. God allows us trials, because
He wants us to return to Him and depend on Him. This is the only way to live out the
original good purpose of why He created man.
When we pass through our difficulties, do not forget to proclaim God’s
grace and mercy.