Monday, December 6, 2010

Campus Crusade For Christ Plays a Role in the Chilean Miners Rescue Story.

If you’ve seen photos of the Chilean miners’ rescue a few months ago, most of the miners were wearing a t-shirt with “Gracias Señor” i.e., “Thank You Lord” on the front. The shirts, along with MP3 players (with the Jesus Film and the Bible in audio), were gifts from Campus Crusade for Christ Chile. Psalm 95:4 in Spanish was on the back of the shirts.

Christian Maureira, national director of Campus Crusade for Christ Chile, explains, “The idea was to glorify our Lord and also to express our love and concern for them. The men listened to the dramatized story-telling of the JESUS film several times, despite dust, rocks and water falling due to the rescue effort. They received many gifts but they decided to wear our t-shirts and we praise God for this. I was really excited because a lot of people around the world were [watching the rescue]. They gave the glory to God!”

Maureira also told about José Samuel, the spiritual leader of the miners, and how God answered their prayers: “During the first seventeen days when the men had no contact with the surface, some of the thirty-three men began to wonder, why didn’t God kill us right away? Others wrote letters to be read in the event of their death. Hope was slowly vanishing. On the sixteenth day of being trapped, despite the men’s attempts to ration, the food box was empty. [Remembering] Jesus multiplied the bread and the fish, José led the men in a prayer, asking for the box to be full of food by the next day. The next day the probe made contact with them and rescuers were able to send the miners food. It was a miracle, a glorious moment.”
Campus Crusade for Christ staff use both traditional and innovative strategies to reach people today. We are excited to be a part of a ministry that is open to new opportunities to share the Good News. This past year, for instance, Sus has been encouraging our staff women to embrace technology as a ministry tool. Unfortunately, a significant portion of her time was taken with medical appointments; thank you, especially, for asking God to heal her eye. Please also pray that no new medical needs turn up this next year so Sus has more time freed up for ministry and pray that the Lord supplies the funding we need for more than $5000 in extra medical expenses.
Through your faithful partnership with us, we are able to help key staff members, like Christian Maureira, who gives glory to God for the opportunity He provided to minister to these men and to show the world how He answers prayer.

Serving Christ with you,

Mike & Sus Schmitt CCFC

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