Chilean Miners Partner with WhereJesusWalked for Pilgrimage in Israel

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24 miners and their families follow Jesus’s footsteps to strengthen faith and thank the thousands who prayed for them - read WJW's exclusive report

WhereJesusWalked (WJW), an organization and website devoted to helping Christians visit the Holy Land as part of their spiritual walk, announced they have partnered in a guided tour to Israel for two dozen Chilean miners and their families. During the trip, the miners experienced a high point with a personal visit from Moshe Atiya, WJW co-founder, in Yardenit where he spoke to the miners and presented them with Israel pilgrim maps. (found also at:

“Spending time with these brave and devoted heroes,” says Moshe Atiya, WhereJesusWalked co-founder, “was a blessing, and it showed me the magnitude of their faith and thankfulness they have for the prayers they received during their 69-day ordeal.”

From August 5 to October 13, 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped 700 meters underground after a cave-in at the San José copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapó, Chile. For a record 69 days, 33 miners lived in a 50-square-meter emergency shelter and nearby tunnel. They dug back-holes for underground water sources and rationed out three-day’s worth of food for two weeks, having run out just before they were discovered. The miners survived by pulling together, keeping their faith and supporting one another. The youngest of the miners, Jimmy Sanchez, even noted on several occasions after his rescue that the miners always counted themselves as 34, not 33, “because God never left us down there.”

On February 23, 2011, the majority of these miners touched down at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv to embark on their eight-day WJW tour, visiting the precise places where Jesus walked. As part of their WJW tour, the miners visited many important Christian sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee, where some of the miners were baptized. During their specially-organized journey, the miners also met with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

As WJW founder, Moshe Atiya, met with the miners at Yardenit, one of the possible places where Jesus was baptized and a site used today for mikvah, or the ritual bath, he noted fittingly, “One might imagine that the incredibly trying times these miners faced last year, being buried beneath the earth only to rise out again and rejoin their families, is much like a baptism we can witness here at Yardenit. Through trial and through water, faith can be strengthened and one can be rejuvenated.”

For more information about the sites the Chilean miners visited on their WJW tour, see the WhereJesusWalked website at New subscribers to the WJW newsletter will receive two exclusive publications, free of charge – including the official 32-page “Tour Planning Guide” produced by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and a "Detailed tour itinerary" produced by

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Founded in 2010 by Moshe Atiya, former CEO of the "Touristic Development of the Galilee Association", WhereJesusWalked is a dynamic Christian website dedicated to help believers in their spiritual walk, by introducing them to the "Life Changing Experience" – which is literally walking Where Jesus Walked.
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