Friday, October 29, 2010
Pia jukwaa hilo limesema uvumi huo umesambazwa kutokana na anuani ya barua pepe ya Kanisa la PCT kuingiliwa na watu wasiojulikana na kuandika waraka wa kuhamasisha udini na kuliomba Jeshi la Polisi kufuatilia na kuwachukulia hatua wahusika iwapo watabainika.
Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari jana Dar es Salaam, Katibu Mkuu wa PCT, Askofu David Mwasota, alisema barua hiyo yenye uvumi huo ni ya uongo na hakuandikwa na kanisa lake na wala hawahuhusiki.
“PCT tumeingiliwa mawasiliano yetu … hii ni hujuma kubwa kwa jumuiya yetu na Wakristo kwa ujumla, tunalaani kitendo hiki na kuomba Polisi kulishughulikia suala hili mara moja ili kuepusha udini katika Taifa letu,” alisema.
Alisema waandishi wa barua hiyo walikuwa na mpango ambao umelenga kuwanufaisha wasiopenda amani hasa katika kipindi hiki cha uchaguzi na wenye nia ya kuwagawa Watanzania.
Alisema kwa umoja wa makanisa hayo, wanakanusha taarifa hizo ambazo ziliandikwa na magazeti mawili yanayotoka kila siku (si Habarileo) na kudai kuwa Wakristo wanaendesha kampeni za udini nchini.
“Nawaomba Wakristo wote nchini kwa pamoja na jamii ya Watanzania kuamini kuwa taarifa hizi ni za upotoshaji na haziwahusu na walioandika wana nia ya kuwagombanisha Wakristo na vyama vya siasa, serikali na dini nyingine,” alisema.
Aliwaomba wakristo wote kesho kutwa katika siku ya kupiga kura kujitokeza kwa wingi mara baada ya kufanya ibada na kuchagua kiongozi wanaoyeona anafaa.
Malumbano hayo ambayo mengi yanatokana na ushabiki wa wahusika kutoka kwa mgombea mmoja kwenda mwingine sasa yanaanza kubadili upepo na kugusa eneo nyeti la dini ambalo iwapo yataachiwa yazidi kuendelea yanaweza kuharibu kabisa desturi ya Watanzania iliyodumu kwa miaka mingi.
Hivi karibuni yamekuwapo malalamiko ya baadhi ya viongozi wa dini kudaiwa kutumia majukwaa ya nyumba zao za dini kuzungumzia siasa lakini baya zaidi kumwaga sera na kuwaombea kura wagombea wanayemtaka hali ambayo ni kinyume kabisa na kazi za viongozi hao.
Malalamiko hayo ambayo sasa yanaanza kuwa malumbano yamewekewa msingi na tamko la mashehe na maimamu la jana ambalo lilitoa karipio la wazi na kuwatuhumu baadhi ya viongozi wa dini ya kikristo kuwa wamekuwa wakitumia majukwaa kuhamasisha kiongozi wanayemtaka ndiye achaguliwe katika uchaguzi wa mwaka huu.
Ukweli ni kwamba sitaki kuegemea upande wowote wala kuhoji nani mkweli na nani muongo jambo la msingi hapa ni kwa hawa viongozi wetu wa dini kuanza kuingiza siasa kwenye dini, hali ambayo inaweza kuwagawa Watanzania.
Kazi kubwa ya viongozi wetu wa dini sote tunaifahamu pamoja na kutufundisha na kutuelekeza kutumia njia ya Mwenyezi Mungu na kuepuka kutenda dhambi lakini pia wana wajibu wa kuhakikisha kuwa jamii wanayoiongoza kwa misingi ya dini inafuata maadili lakini pia kuitahadharisha na viongozi wasio waadilifu bila kuegemea upande wowote.
Hivyo basi katika wakati huu muhimu wa uchaguzi kila Mtanzania ana wakati mgumu wa kusikiliza sera, kutafakari na hatimaye kuchagua kiongozi ambaye anaona anafaa, hivyo iwapo vyombo vya dini vitatumika kumpigia debe mgombea yeyote ni wazi kuwa ni rahisi kumshawishi mtu kumchagua kiongozi huyo kutokana na imani ya dini.
Kutokana na ukweli huo, ni vyema na muhimu kwa viongozi wa dini kuacha kutumia nyumba za dini kama majukwaa ya siasa na kutupiana lawama katika kipindi hiki, na badala yake kila mmoja kwa wakati wake na wajibu alionao atumie fursa hiyo kutoa elimu ya uraia na ya uchaguzi kwa waumini wake kutokana na ukweli kuwa kwa sasa bado Watanzania wengi hawana elimu hiyo.
Huu si wakati wa kutumia dini kama kigezo cha kumpigia debe mtu au sehemu ya kuanzisha migogoro ambayo hapo baadaye inaweza kuleta mpasuko, tushirikiane kwa pamoja kama watanzania katika kipindi hiki ili kuhakikisha kuwa baada ya uchaguzi, kunakuwa na viongozi wenye sifa, waadilifu ambao wataleta mabadiliko katika nchi hii.
Hivyo basi viongozi wa dini katika muda uliobaki wana wajibu wa kutumia nafasi waliyonayo kuwaelimisha waumini wao umuhimu wa kushiriki katika uchaguzi na kupiga kura na namna ya kumtambua kiongozi bora kwa vigezo vya sifa na uwezo bila kuegemea chama au mgombea.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
If you are having problems with masturbation and porn, these prayers are for you. Take the following steps:
1. Declare a fast. Your flesh must die before you can overcome sexual sins. The more you fast, the more yoour spirit man comes alive and you sub due your flesh. Fast periodically, once a week…..as the spirit leads you.
2. Cut off evil friendships. Most people that are into these, are introduced into it by friends and peers. Surrond your self with godly people.
3. Watch what you watch, hear and see. Evil communications, the Bible say, corrupt good morals. There are some Television stations I have banned in my house in order not to corruptly influence the children. Cut off romantic movies, sexy films, x ray magazines…you have no business reading novels with explicit sexual narrative
4. Be aggressive and cast off any thing that leads you to sexual perversion. If you are the type that jumps from one chat room to another visiting looking at naked pictures..then it is better you throw off your web cam..and dash out your computer and internet facilities. The Bible says it is better you enter the kingdom of God with one eye..than enter hell with two eyes.
5. Make your mind to overcome evil..the spirit of God will streghten you as you make up your mind.
6. If you are single and ripe for marriage, get married instead of burning with lusts. If you are married, and your wife or husband is not living with you…..then…make a rearrangement so that you can be cleaved with your husband/wife as the Bible says.
7. Tell someone your problems…as you are doing that you are exposing the demon sponsoring masturbation in your life. Evil thrives under secrecy. Dont hide your secret sin. Expose it and disgrace the enemy. Tell someone to pray with you on this.
8. Fast and Pray
9. Compile scriptures on Holiness and stand on them.
10. Seek deliverance from a church that understands what you are going through, not from the spiritually docile and entertainment churches that pervade the land.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Beginnings of Healing Ministry
Smith Wigglesworth had a plumbing business in Bradford, England. Every Tuesday he would take people to Leeds to a group who practiced divine healing because they could not persuade Smith that the people could be healed in Bradford. Smith's wife Polly was healed in Leeds.
One day the leaders decided to go to the Keswick Convention and leave Smith in charge of the meetings at Bradford. Reluctantly Smith agreed. He hoped to persuade another to preach but each person he asked insisted that he must do it himself.
In that meeting, as Smith preached, he could not remember what he said but fifteen came out for healing. The first man was instantly healed after prayer. No one was more surprised than Smith himself. This encouraged the others to believe God and they were all healed. Smith said that it was not his faith but God helping in his hour of need. As a result, healing meetings were started in Bradford.
The work grew and they moved to other premises in Bowland Street. The text at the front read, "I am the Lord that healeth thee" and was an inspiration to many. A brother with a healing ministry came and was invited home for tea. Polly asked, "What would you think of a man who preaches divine healing, yet he himself uses medical means every day?" "I should say that man did not fully trust the Lord" was the answer. After the meal Smith told that he had suffered from hemorrhoids since childhood and used salts every day. They agreed to trust God for healing and, from that time forward, his system functioned naturally without any means whatsoever.
After this, Smith and his wife, Polly made a pledge to God, "From henceforth no medicine, no doctors, no drugs of any kind shall come into our house." Not long afterwards, Smith was gripped by a violent pain and was brought home. He and Polly prayed all night but, as he was worse, he thought it was his "home call." Smith reminded her of their agreement that, if one received a "home call," the other would send for the doctor to avoid the embarrassment of an inquest and the condemnation of outsiders.
The doctor diagnosed Smith with appendicitis in an advanced state. The only hope would be an immediate operation but his body was probably too weak. The doctor left, promising to return later. An elderly lady and a young man came and prayed. The young man laid his hands on Smith and cried, "Come out, devil, in the name of Jesus." Smith testified, "To my surprise the devil came out and I felt as well as I had ever been." He went downstairs and told his surprised wife, "I am healed." Answering a lady who left an urgent message in need for a plumber Smith went to help her.
While he was out the doctor returned and pronounced, "They will bring him back a corpse!" That "corpse" preached the gospel in many parts of the world for another 40 years. He was instrumental in bringing thousands of people to salvation, baptism in the Spirit and healing in God. About twenty people were raised from the dead during Smith's ministry. He believed great trials lead to a deeper experience with God. "Only melted gold is minted" was one of his sayings.
His Early Life
Smith was born in 1859 and at the age of seven he was working twelve hours a day with his father to supplement the family finances. As a result he had little education. He was born again at eight and immediately sought to win others to Jesus Christ. His mother was his first convert.
Smith was called by God to, "Come out." First from the Methodist, then the Anglican, Brethren, Salvation Army and so on. He ministered in Elim and Assemblies of God but he remained independent of any denomination.
His wife Polly was a great help, teaching him to read and write. Smith slipped back when his business prospered and God used her to restore him. He had a violent temper but God gave him victory.
In 1907, when he was 48, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues. His wife was a good preacher and she had tried without much success to help Smith. She, and many others, were surprised at his fluency after the baptism in the Spirit.
Smith read little other than the Bible. He waited for the Spirit to direct him to a particular passage for his ministry. He often gave a short message in tongues which he immediately interpreted.
Frequently he would quote a chorus. "Only believe" was one of his favorites. Another, which was his testimony, was, "I know the Lord laid His hand on me. Filled! A flowing, quickening, moving flame of God."
Some examples of God's healing power would be related. He believed his sermons should make his hearers either glad or mad! He would say, "If you do not progress every day, you are backsliding."
When he was preaching in Norway, the town hall was full and thousands were outside. He had prayed for something different to happen. God said to him, "If you will ask Me, I will give you every soul." Smith knew it was God but was slow to accept. He did ask and the Spirit swept over the place. He had never seen anything like it. Many cried for mercy and he was convinced that God gave him every soul.
Faith When We Do Not Understand
Although Smith believed all sickness was from the devil and everyone could be healed, there were some difficulties. The untimely death of his wife in 1913 was a real blow. He commanded death to give her up. She said, "Smith - the Lord wants me." "If the Lord wants you, I will not hold you" was his response but he greatly missed her.
His daughter, Alice Salter frequently traveled with him after Polly's death. Alice was deaf and was never healed. His youngest son, George, went to be with the Lord in 1915.
Early in the 1930's an X-ray revealed Smith was suffering from kidney stones. An immediate operation was necessary to avoid a painful illness and eventual death. "Doctor, the God who made this body is the one who can cure it. No knife shall ever cut it as long as I live" was his response. He endured six years of pain before he was delivered. Later he suffered from sciatica which made walking painful and often, he was more sick than the people he prayed for! At seventy eight he ruptured badly and in 1944 he suffered a slight stroke. He was quickened in 1945 and was able to chair the Easter convention at Preston.
Early one morning in 1937 in South Africa, Smith marched into the office of the secretary of the Apostolic Faith mission. He prophesied what we now know as the Charismatic Revival. This man of 31 would play a major part in it if he remained humble and faithful. At that time, there was considerable antagonism between the established denominations and Pentecostals although there were some refreshing exceptions. That man was David du Plessis. Smith also told him, "The day I pass away, then you can begin to think about it." In 1947 du Plessis went to the World Pentecostal Conference in Zurich. From that point on, his ministry and influence developed.
Smith died on 12 March 1947 at the funeral of Wilf Richardson. His ministry is summed up in his own words, "There are four principles we need to maintain: First, read the Word of God. Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you. Third believe the Word of God. Fourth, act on the Word." As George Stormont put it, "He lived so that people would only see Jesus."
Acts 4:13 is true of Smith, "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (NIV) A week earlier, he prophesied a second move of the Spirit. This would bring a revival of emphasis on the Word of God. He added that, when these two moves of the Spirit combine we shall see the greatest move the Church of Jesus Christ has ever seen.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Na Makongoro Oging’
Siku chache baada ya Mwenyekiti Mtendaji wa Makampuni ya IPP, Mzee Reginald Abraham Mengi kutupa kombora la shutuma za madai ya baadhi ya vigogo wa Jeshi la Polisi nchini kutaka kumbambika kesi ya madawa ya kulevya kijana wake wa kiume, mmoja wa waliotajwa amekuwa akishinda na Biblia.
Ilikuwa Alhamisi iliyopita, Septemba 14, 2010 ambayo ilikuwa Kumbukumu ya Kifo cha Baba wa Taifa, Mwalimu Nyerere mwandishi wetu alifunga safari hadi kwenye ofisi za Kitengo cha Kudhibiti Dawa za Kulevya Nchini na kumkuta mkuu wa kitengo hicho, Kamishna Mwandamizi wa Polisi, Godfrey Nzowa ambaye ni miongoni mwa waliotajwa.
Bila kupoteza muda, mwandishi alimsalimia Kamishna huyo na kuanza kuongea naye.
Mwandishi : Shikamoo Kamanda Nzowa.
Mwandishi: Mbona leo Sikukuu ya Kumbukumbu ya kifo cha Nyerere uko ofisini, kwa nini usipumzike?
Nzowa: Nimeona nimuenzi Mwalimu Nyerere kwa kufanya kazi kwani hata yeye alikuwa mchapa kazi. Pia leo nilipatana na baadhi ya wananchi waje kunipa taarifa juu ya maeneo sugu yanayopitisha dawa za kulevya.
Mwandishi: Mbona unasoma Biblia ofisini au mambo ni mazito kiasi cha kukufanya umkumbuke Mungu muda wote?
Aidha, Kamishna Nzowa alisema anapopata magumu amekuwa akisoma kutoka kwenye Biblia vifungu vya Zaburi ya 25:
“Eee, Bwana nakuinulia nafsi yangu, ee Mungu wangu nimekutumaini wewe nisiaibike…”
Afande Nzowa aliendelea kusema kuwa, vifungo hivyo amekuwa akivisoma kila siku ili kujiweka jirani zaidi na Mungu wake.
Mwandishi: Ina maana hata asubuhi ukiamka inabidi upitie vifungu fulani vya Biblia?
Nzowa: Ndiyo na siyo asubuhi tu, bali hata usiku, mfano nikiamka nasoma Zaburi ya 3, nikilala napitia Zaburi ya 4.
Nzowa alisema matendo hayo yote anayafanya tangu utotoni kwani ndivyo alivyolelewa na imekuwa ikimsaidia.
Alipoulizwa alijisikiaje siku alipopokea tuhuma dhidi yake, Kamishna Nzowa alisema:
“Sikuwa na wasiwasi, najua Mungu ndiyo kiongozi na mlinzi wangu siku zote, naamini atayamaliza tu”.
Aidha, alisema hana la kusema kwa sasa kuhusu madai dhidi yake kwani tayari kuna Tume imeundwa kuchunguza.
Hata hivyo, mazungumzo kati ya mwandishi wetu na Afande Nzowa yalikatishwa na simu nyingi alizokuwa akipokea siku hiyo ambapo alizitolea ufafanuzi kwamba zinatoka kwa marafiki na ndugu mbalimbali.
Kwa upande mwingine gazeti hili lilipompigia simu Mkuu wa Upelelezi na Makosa ya Jinai wa Kanda Maalum ya Polisi Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam (ZCO), Charles Mkumbo ili azungumze kwa upande wake, alisema hana la kusema, anasuburi matokeo ya tume iliyoundwa na Serikali.
Wakati huo huo, baadhi ya askari wakiwemo Wakuu wa Polisi Wilaya (OCD) na Makamanda wa Mikoa, Kanda Maalum ya Dar es Salaam wamemwomba Mkuu wa Jeshi la Polisi nchini (IGP) Saidi Mwema, kushughulikia na kuondoa ukiritimba uliopo ndani ya jeshi hilo baina ya maafande wa Usalama Barabarani (Trafiki) na wale wa kawaida.
Wakuu hao wa polisi waliliambia gazeti hili kwamba uongozi ndani ya jeshi hilo jijini Dar ni tofauti kabisa na mikoani kwani askari wa usalama barabarani hawawajibiki chini ya OCD wala RPC bali kwa mkubwa wao kama vile Mkuu wa Usalama Barabarani wa Mkoa (RTO).
“Mara nyingi wamekuwa wakituambia kwamba haturuhusiwi kuuliza kitu chochote kile kwa upande wa kesi inayohusiana na magari yanayokamatwa bali wamekuwa wakiwasiliana na wakubwa wao wa mikoa yaani RTO’S, hii hali siyo kabisa ndani ya jeshi letu,” alisema OCD mmoja ambaye hakuta jina lake liandikwe gazetini.
Viongozi hao walisema kwamba inapotokea ulinzi wa kitu chochote ndani ya magari yaliyokamatwa na askari wa usalama barabarani, OCD wa eneo husika huulizwa na wamemwomba IGP Mwema alishughulaikie suala hilo mapema ili kuondoa ukiritimba huo kwani ni hatari ndani ya jeshi hilo hasa kwa polisi waliopo wilayani na mikoani katika Kanda Maalum ya Dar es Salaam.
IGP Mwema hakuweza kupatikana jana alipopigiwa simu yake ya kiganjani.
Monday, October 18, 2010
For those of you who think God is "dead" or non-existent, I beg to differ. I became a believer when I was just 11, but never really understood the magnificent power and level of mercy of God Almighty until I almost lost my son...
This is my story:
I know what I believe, because I became witness to a horrific automobile accident involving my 5 year old son. If I could go back and video-tape that horrible moment after all these years, I would. Just so other people out there who have no clue of who God really is, or may have never clung to their own faith with white knuckles while feeling like their heart was being ripped from their soul. I was a God-fearing, Bible-believing person before this ever took place, but God had a lesson for me to learn...
After an exhausting day of preparing for a family trip, I took my two children, and a friend to a local roller rink. After exiting the car, I looked up to see my five year old little boy already across the street waving to me, and looking so proud that he'd made it over there all on his own. After I recovered from my initial shock, I yelled at him for disobeying the rule of crossing the street while holding my hand. In direct response, he started running back to me. He ended up tripping in the middle of the road and fell down.
At that moment, a large black car came racing down the street toward him doing about 60 mph. I went to run to him, but felt my feet cemented to the ground. I couldn't move. In disbelief, I watched the car zoom by right in front of me, and in a desperate attempt, reached out my arm and cried, "Oh God." I watched in agonizing horror as the car ran over my son.
There was smoke from the driver skidding his brakes. No one ever got out of the car. It was black, and had very dark tinted windows. I never saw the driver. I turned around to yell to my daughter and her friend to "stay put" as I tried to prepare myself to see my son's body parts all over the place. I started walking, then shaking. All I could do was look at the ground, because that's where I expected to see his maimed body. But when I got around to the rear of the car, and then the other side, I saw nothing. I looked up, rather confused, and my daughter yelled over to me asking if Justin was OK. I said, I didn't know, because I couldn't find him. There wasn't any blood.
Then I took a deep breath and got on my hands and knees and looked under the car. He wasn't there either! I just stood there, feeling like I was in a really bad dream. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw him. He was STANDING UP on the curb of the side of the road he'd originally crossed over to. I quickly ran over to him, and hugged him with all my might. He looked like he was in shock. I kept asking him, "how did you get all the way over HERE?" He just shook his head. I waved for the driver to go, and he did. Nobody ever got out of the car. After looking all over my son's little body for broken bones, cuts, etc., I noticed he didn't have a scratch on him. Not even from when he fell in the middle of the street.
That entire day, prior to going to the skating rink, I'd been complaining ALL DAY about my kids, and how I must have heard the word, "mom" a thousand times. I kept muttering to myself that if I never heard the word, "mom" again, I'd be happy. I didn't realize that until later, as I was putting my children to bed. After a sudden realization, I couldn't drop to my knees fast enough, and beg God's forgiveness for saying such things, then I thanked Him for saving Justin's life. My son is living proof that MIRACLES DO HAPPEN. I believe that with all my heart. He is 21 now, and the light of my life. So tell me...What do YOU believe?
Don't let the devil steal your joy or one more day of your SOUL. Give your life to Jesus...I promise, you'll never be the same again.
Na Issa Mnally
MSANII aliyejipatia umaarufu kupitia nyimbo za asili za Kihaya, Saida Karoli anadaiwa kusakwa kwa udi na mvumba na Kanisa la Assemblies of God lililopo Boko nje kidogo ya jiji la Dar es Salaam, Risasi Jumamosi limetonywa.
Mtoa habari wetu ambaye ni muumini wa kanisa hilo aliyeomba hifadhi ya jina lake alidai kwamba, kusakwa kwa Saida kunakuja kufuatia uamuzi wake wa kwenda kufanyiwa maombi lakini baada ya zoezi hilo akaingia mitini.
“Alifika hapa na kufanyiwa maombi, akawa mhudhuriaji mzuri lakini ghafla alikata mguu bila kujulikana sababu.
“Tunamshangaa sana kwani pamoja na kutubu dhambi zake na kuokolewa, hajatulia kwenye imani yake. Kwa kweli tunamsaka ili arudi amtumikie Yesu, aachane na mambo ya ulimwengu,” alisema muumini huyo.
Baada ya kupata taarifa hiyo, gazeti hili lilimtafuta mchungaji wa kanisa hilo aliyefahamika kwa jina moja la Semtomvu, alipopatikana alikiri ‘kumpaka upako’ Saida lakini akaonesha kushangaa jinsi msanii huyo ‘alivyomtoka’.
Aliongeza kwamba bado wanamsaka msanii huyo ili aendelee kuwa mtumishi na popote alipo ajue Bwana Yesu anamhitaji, achane na mambo ya dunia.
Alipotafutwa Saida kuzungumzia suala la kusakwa na kanisa hilo alisema kwamba kwasasa yeye yuko Mwanza hivyo ni vigumu kwenda kuabudu kanisani ila kama kanisa hilo lina tawi lake huko atakwenda, kama hakuna wasimtafute
Friday, October 15, 2010
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
'Good friends are like stars,You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.'
Trapped miners owe a lot of their sanity to the 34th person in the tiny underground community.
Jimmy Sanchez, one of the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped for over two months in the San Jose copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert, would like to make one small correction to all the stories about life in the mine:
“There are actually 34 of us,” the nineteen-year-old miner wrote in a letter sent up from the mine on Tuesday, "because God has never left us down here."
Amid reports of squabbling on the surface among families of the trapped miners, some say things are much calmer underground as everyone prepares for this week’s attempt to bring them back up. The men have worked hard to keep their spirits buoyant during the ordeal, organizing themselves into a community and dividing up their living-room-sized space. Early on, they set aside a space to pray daily, and religious groups have converged on the mine to serve the miners' spiritual needs. Once a supply line was established, Seventh-Day Adventists sent down mini-Bibles with magnifying glasses; the Jesus Film Project loaded 33 MP3 players with an audio adaptation of the famous JESUS film. A crucifix was sent down in August, and it's said that miners also requested statues of Mary and the saints. The miners signed a flag which was presented to Pope Benedict this weekend.
Christian leaders of various denominations have come to the San Jose mine; the Guardian is rather bemused by all the activity, describing a “surge in religious fervor” as the rescue operation takes shape.
Baptist Press reports that two miners have “made professions of faith” since their entombment started. Pastors are also ministering to the families of the miners, who have camped out nearby.
“In the midst of this catastrophe, God is in control, and it is the Lord who has kept their family members alive," says Marcelo Leiva, pastor of Vallenar Baptist Church in Vallenar, Chile.
The miners are also thinking a lot about their family lives. Esteban Rojas, who never had a church wedding with his wife Jessica Yanez, has proposed again after 25 years. Others have decided to end their “empty” marriages. Miner Johnny Barrios has two women waiting for him topside, both of whom came to the San Jose mine to pray for his return. "Johnny doesn't want to come up," a psychologist working with the miners quipped in theGuardian.
As the hours tick away toward the expected rescue, the families holding vigil at San Jose are far from the only ones praying for the safe and speedy rescue of the 33 men. Spirits are so high that the miners are fighting among themselves about who will be the last to ascend—too many men are volunteering to stay down till the end. They’ve also contacted a lawyer to work out a deal by which they can share profits equally from the story.
Whatever happens when he and his compatriots stand in sunlight once again, Jimmy Sanchez wants to hold on to the lessons he’s learned in the past few months.
“God wanted me to stay here, I don't know, maybe so I change from now on,” Sanchez wrote.”I have thought and I'll change a lot. I have suffered too much and don't want to suffer any more. In the hard moments I was thankful of God because I got a daughter. I expect than when my turn arrives everything will be OK. Hugs for everyone."