“In His Hands are the depths of the earth”: The story of the Chilean miners’ Jesus T-shirts

So many people I have talked to watched long stretches of the dramatic rescue of the Chilean miners. Did you notice the tan T-shirts they were all wearing, and have you heard the story?

The shirts were gifts of Campus Crusade for Christ in Chile and had the logo of the Jesus Film Project on the sleeve. On the back of the shirts were the words of Psalm 95:4:

‘In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.'”

Here’s the story from CNN:  

Seventeen days into the mine accident, CCCI country director for Chile, Christian Maureira, started contacting public officials to see if they could send the miners a copy of the film. Maureira was able to reach a daughter and a brother of miner Jose Henriquez. Through that family contact, the group was able to send an MP3 audio version of the Jesus film and an MP3 audio version of the New Testament in Spanish to Henriquez down in the mine. The Jesus film explains that the New Testament tells how Jesus is laid in a tomb-like cave after his crucifixion. Three days later, Jesus is said to have risen from the dead. In the Jesus film, women come to the tomb and find the stone that blocked the entrance has been rolled away, the cave empty.

It is unclear if the miners saw the resurrection story as a parallel for their hoped-for rescue, but Jose Henriquez passed along a letter to CCCI’s Maureira from inside the mine. It read: “Thank you for this tremendous blessing for me and my coworkers. It will be good for our spiritual edification. I am fine because Christ lives in me. We have prayer services at 12 noon and 6 pm.

At the end of the letter “(Henriquez) said goodbye with the words of Psalm 95:4.  

A few days later, Henriquez asked Maureira to get them special T-shirts. On the front were the words ‘Gracias Senor’ – ‘Thank you Lord. And on the back, Psalm 95:4.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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2 Responses to “In His Hands are the depths of the earth”: The story of the Chilean miners’ Jesus T-shirts

  1. Mitch Devine says:

    Great post, great verse, thanks. I had not heard about the message on their shirts. Gracias, Señor.

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