Today, I was stuck at home sick (I’m ok – just once again feeling the effects of not enough sleep Sun-Tues). But in all honestly, I can’t have had a better day to be spending the day ‘on bed’…because it has been one of the most inspiring days I can remember as I’ve watched as one by one, Los Mineros trapped in the San José mine have been rescued one by one. Holding my breath hoping everything continues to go well.
Above is the footage of the first of the mineros, Florencio Avalas, reaching the surface. So many of the children have burst into tears as their Dads or brothers have reached the surface and they’ve seen them in the cage known as Fenix 2.
This was another that really humbled me (they all did to be fair…). The oldest of the mineros, who has been trapped in a mine before this time and started working as minero at age 12, falling to his knees in prayer of thanksgiving. He has not been the only one to do so.
There is no doubt that their rescue is a miracle. They were trapped for 17 days before anyone knew if they had survived. One of them is diabetic. So that boggles my mind. All of them have looked pretty healthy coming up considering they’ve been trapped underground in horrific conditions for 69 days.
I think we can learn so much from what’s happened & the Chileans response:
1. The importance of teamwork & structure – thanks to the leadership of their foreman they made a few days of food supplies last 17. So many people have come together to keep them healthy, focused, encouraged, hopeful and put together an incredible rescue mission.
2. Humble leadership – One President not denying mistakes have been made, and ready to make sure lessons are learned. One Mining minister who has stayed awake for I don’t know how long greeting every single minero at the surface. He has never stopped hugging or smiling, or supporting relatives as they anxiously wait. One Foreman, being like a ship’s captain saying he’ll be last to leave, he wants to make sure all his team are safely rescued before he is.
3. Hope – So many families who have camped out, never losing hope. Many of them praying together, keeping up spirits firmly believing that God would be gracious, knowing their loved ones were alive, even when rescuers doubted.
4. Grace – So many complicated family situations, and as a result of this mining disaster which seems to have a gloriously happy ending…a lot of marriages about to happen. Plus hugs for the government officials, thankful for the fact they’ve made sure they were rescued, rather than just being angry that it happened in the first place.
5. Love – Even I’ve been welling up as I’ve watched the reunions… :)