Do You Know Who Was With The 33?

Mina_San_José_de_Copiapó_en_2010 WikiOver a billion people watched live on broadcasts as 33 Chilean miners, who had been trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days, The 33 Being Taken back to the surfacewere finally brought safely to the surface of the Copiapó Mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert back on October 13, 2010. Do you remember hearing about that incident? The 33With a Chilean sister-in-law, I was especially interested in the ordeal, but I had no real appreciation for what it must have been like until watching The 33. Trapeze Mining in Bonne Terre, Missouri 1917This dramatized retelling of events starts with a stark and startling fact: 1,200 miners are killed every year somewhere around the world in mining accidents. the-33-posterFrom there, The 33 carefully sets the stage for the disaster, bringing to warm life the 33 men who went underground that fateful day. Poster for The 33The 121-year-old San Jose Mine was already very unstable, and on August 5th the main ramp into the mine collapsed, trapping the miners. The 33The next day, “the heart of the mountain,” a huge rock twice the size of the Empire State Building, totally crushed the 3 miles of spiraling service ramps, blocking the country’s frantic efforts to rescue the miners. The 33 trapped below groundThe 33 is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming all at the same time. What the men endured seems almost unbearable, but the outpouring of love and the determination of their families to rescue the miners was incredibly inspirational.

The 33 Mario SepulvedaI couldn’t help but marvel at the courage of these men The 33 They Remain Brothers to this dayand the fact that they learned to love each other like brothers
rather than destroying one another The 33 Jose Henrequez %22The Pastor%22during such a trying test of their human spirits.

The 33 God was With UsIt’s one of those facts-are-stranger-than-fiction miraculous stories, and I can only believe that they survived because, as they themselves testified when they emerged: “God was with us.” Praise God for being who He is—always with us!  God Was With Us! The 33If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:8-10)

(The first photo is from Wiki. Most of the photos were from the movie or movie posters. I took the 3 black and white pictures during the end of the movie, and I believe they are pictures of the actual miners, taken when the movie was made.)

One response to “Do You Know Who Was With The 33?

  1. Charylene Powers

    Dave and I watch this DVD a few nights ago. We were overwhelmed with the spirit of these families and the men trapped below. Your verse Psalm 139:8-10 is perfect for this event in history.

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