Cries of joy in Chile went up as the rescuers finally….finally broke through.

The drilling operation is effectively over but the ordeal for the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile goes on – at least for a few more days.

On Saturday, one of the three drills being used to reach them punctured through to an area known as the workshop, an underground chamber that the miners can access.

The news triggered celebrations at Camp Hope, the ever-expanding makeshift camp that has been home to some of the miners’ relatives for more than two months.

Camp Hope has expanded to cover the world. These men, their families, their rescuers, and whole teams of support network professionals assembled from Chile and other countries……they all have shown us the depths of inner strength we really do have, and the unfathomable endurance of the human spirit. Some tents there may be makeshift, and the mechanical equipment temporary. But the faith and belief and love that set up camp there have proven invincible.

Now let’s get these men home. And keep Camp Hope spreading…

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....