Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chilean Miners Rescued!

Updated: All 33 miners have now been rescued!!! Praise God! I don't know whether you've had the chance to see any of these miners rescued but it is pretty exciting and emotional watching them freed after 70 days under ground. News and current events are always a great way to get into spiritual conversations and this story is a great example of that. I imagine every workplace and classroom in America will be discussing this today and many of your friends have been glued to their TVs watching the rescue. Don't miss this GREAT opportunity to share the gospel with them. As with any topic, break through the 4 sound barriers as you transition to the gospel. Here is a way you can do that with this story. When the conversation comes up ask them if they heard the quote from the second man pulled out, Mario Sepulveda (pictured above) who said, "I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God" (see that story here). Quite an obvious intro to a spiritual conversation! Another transition to the gospel would be this story (click here) about 2 miners and a miner's wife becoming Christians through the ordeal. You could also ask your friends what they think it would be like to be trapped underground in the dark for that long. That will obviously bring up some interesting adjectives and thoughts. Then ask if they think they've ever experienced those emotions in life. Feel free to share your story and any similar experiences you had before knowing Christ. Finally, share one of Jesus' direct quotes to transition to the gospel. You could use this example: Jesus says, in Jn.8:12, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life" and he continues, in Jn.12:46, saying, "I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness." That will open up an opportunity for you to share about the hope you have in Jesus, the Good News. Keep praying for the continuing rescue effort and check out the video of the first miner rescued below.

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