Chilean miners accept invitation to Israel

Thursday, November 11, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

The 33 Chilean miners who braved 69 days in the belly of the earth have accepted an invitation to visit Israel this Christmas.

The Chilean ambassador to Israel has confirmed that the miners and their spouses will come as a group next month as VIP guests of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism.

When the miners were finally rescued from a collapsed mine 2,000 feet underground, many news outlets noted that they were wearing shirts with the logo of the “Jesus Film Project,” a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI).

During the early days of the ordeal, CCCI officials were able to send audio versions of the Jesus Film Project and the Bible to the miners, who later said they listened to both repeatedly. Several of the miners also said they held daily prayer meetings, and that their faith, rather it was preexisting or newly found due to the situation, was a strengthening and unifying factor during their long months in the depths of the earth.

Following the rescue, Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov suggested there was no better way for the miners to continue their spiritual journey than to visit and experience the land of Jesus’ ministry.

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