"This has been a testimony to what the Lord can do in a person's life. Those that are the children of the Lord have been those that have shown, even in the midst of the storm, a testimony of peace, tranquility and trust in the Lord."
(Santiago, Chile)—As most of the world knows, 33 Chilean miners have been trapped underground for more than two months, waiting to be rescued. On Tuesday, the rescues were finally able to begin.(Photo: BP News)
Baptist Press News reports that when the mine collapsed, three of the miners—including José Henríquez who has been leading a Bible study underground—were Christians. Since then, two more of them have made professions of faith.
Rescue engineer Igor Bravo, a member of First Baptist Church of Santiago, was reportedly 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, called Marcelo Leiva, pastor of Vallenar Baptist Church in Vallenar, Chile, located about two hours away and told him, "Pastor, it's either you, or it's you."
The report notes that when Leiva arrived at Camp Hope—the camp set up near the buried mine—he didn't know anyone, but Henríquez's family quickly connected him with other families.
"That [connection] allowed a lot of other people to hear the Word," Leiva says, "and to know that in the midst of this catastrophe, God is in control, and it is the Lord who has kept their family members alive."
According to the report, the wife of one of the miners who became a Christian since being trapped in the mine met with Leiva over the past two weeks and also accepted Christ.