Here's a nice story!
Obviously the world watched as the drama unfolded involving the trapped miners who were rescued last week after spending 68 days trapped underground in the mine in Chile.
What a great relief at their freedom. Many stories have circulated about the men and their faith.
Perhaps that may continue to be a storyline as the Israeli Government has extended a gracious invitation to the 33 men.
The Ministry of Tourism has invited the miners, along with their families, to visit the Holy Land. They did so with the Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov sending out an official letter inviting them to Israel at Christmas time to see the Christian Holy places. The other interesting thing, which was pleasant to see included, was the line; “to give thanks for their rescue”.
The Minister invited the miners and their spouses here for a 'spiritual journey' this Christmas. The visit is organized by several entities, but the focus will be the visits to various sites holy to Christianity. What a wonderful gift to these heroic men who have been through such a difficult time.
In his invitation, Mr. Misezhnikov wrote: “Your bravery and strength of spirit, your great faith that helped you survive so long in the bowels of the earth, was an inspiration to us all. It would be a great honor for us to welcome you as our guests in the Holy Land. This December, Christians around the world – and here in the land of Jesus, will celebrate Christmas. During that time, we welcome tens of thousands of pilgrims and we would be pleased to offer you this uplifting and extraordinary experience, as our guests.”
Friends – we'd love to show you the Land of the Bible this November. If you'd like the same experience that these men will have – contact us at: www.leseatours.com
Middle East Correspondent