Luis, miner Jose Henriquez, AndrewThe miner, Jose Henriquez (pictured between Luis and Andrew at right), was so touched by his time testifying last night – and so badly wants to use his story to reach more people with the Gospel – that he gave Luis the shirt that he was wearing when he came up from the mine. Luis plans to use it as an illustration tonight at the festival.
The testimony was a strong one. Jose’s brother was part of the rescue effort. He was on top of the mine communicating with media, etc. He is also an evangelical preacher and took every opportunity to share Christ. So one brother was on top of the mine preaching, and one brother was below preaching. According to reports, Jose led 22 of the miners to Christ while down there. He was the spiritual leader while in the mine.
Another great part of the story – the miners requested Bible teachings and messages to be sent to them on mp3 players while down in the mine. One specific request – messages from Luis Palau.
Read about him in this article from the Christian Institute:
I’m no hero, Jesus Christ is, says the evangelical preacher who was one of 33 miners dramatically rescued from a collapsed Chilean mine.
Jose Henriquez says: “I believe that the key to all this was in the Word of God, in having believed God”. He added: “That’s why I say to the whole world that the Lord wants them to believe in Him to believe in His Word”.
Mr Henriquez led Bible studies down in the mine twice a day and he has been marked out for bringing “calm, God and unity to the most difficult moments”.
He has been praised by one of the team above the mine for the times of prayer and Bible readings which were, “the most special moment for the miners” and he has also been welcomed back to his home town as a hero.
Yet Mr Henriquez says the glory belongs to Jesus Christ. “He is the only hero that should be mentioned. Apart from whatever man may have done both inside and outside that mine, He is the one who deserves the honor and the glory”.
Mr Henriquez’s church pastor says the miner’s knowledge of the Bible was beneficial to him while trapped.
“That helped him because he did not have it to read and he had to draw it out from within his heart, to be able to share it with his companions”, Jose Gonzalez says.
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