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Miracle in the Mine by Jose Henriquez

Book Review from Chris Seabridge (Available from the Church Library)

In 2010 viewers and listeners all over the world waited for news of the 33 miners trapped underground in the mine San Jose de Copiapo in Northern Chile. This is the story of Jose Henriquez’s and other miners’ ordeal in and rescue from that mine.

In the dangerous situation 2,300 feet below ground, Jose led the group of miners; encouraging them by prayer and testimony. He states that the presence of miner 34 ie the Lord, talked to them daily. All those trapped for the 69 days had to draw on tremendous reserves of courage, patience and tolerance. Having led the men by planting the seed of faith, preaching the gospel and leading them in prayer, Jose’s most wonderful moment came when 22 of the men accepted Jesus as their Saviour.

Jose makes the point that too often we wait until we are facing difficulties before we call on God. He sees himself as ‘a vessel for God to use’. Continuing to work in the mining industry, he experienced further accidents and also illness. Jose also travelled to many countries witnessing for God and preaching. While doing so he addressed Heads of State and the Church. He considers himself humbly and sincerely content and prepared to do whatever the Lord ordains.

The book ends with a section written by Jose’s wife Blanca who reiterates her belief in the power of prayer and gives praise and thanks to God for ‘The Miracle in the Mine’.