New video from deep inside a mine in Chile show the 33 miners who've been trapped there for three weeks are in good spirits
In the 45 minute video, the men appeared cheerful and healthy in the living-room-sized shelter they took refuge in after a landslide trapped them on Aug. 5.
Crews sent a small camera 2,200 feet underground for a glimpse and the men and the conditions they're living in. Their rescue could still be months away.
"They should know that we are calm," one miner said on the video. "Despite the bad conditions we, know that we are going to get out of here."
The International Miners Mission has been bringing the gospel to miners since 1906. Ministry leader Tom Gillum spoke with CBN News about what the Chilean miners are going through and the spiritual support they're receiving. Click play for his comments following Dale Hurd's report.
His comments were followed by cheering and clapping by the other miners.
At one point, they began singing their country's national anthem and chanting "Long live Chile! Long live the miners!"
A thermometer in the mine showed about 85 degrees fahrenheit.
Dominos were set up on a table to pass time. The men have a corner to pray and a cup to use for brushing their teeth.
"Get him outside so he can take a shower," one miner joked as the others laugh.
The men looked surprisingly healthy given that they almost starved for 17 days. They were also happy to have contact with the outside world.
"We are super and extremely happy," one miner said. "And we are sure that with smart people and technology they will soon get us out."
The miners were recently told that it may be Christmas before a hole can be drilled large enough to get them out.
Three small holes have been drilled to reach the men, and they're now getting food, supplies and Bibles through those passages.
"(We must have) patience. There is nothing else," the sister of one miner said. "If God gave us the patience and fortitude to be with them when we didn't know if they were even alive, now there is even more reason to stay."
Chilean authorities have been consulting with NASA on how to get the miners through the physical and mental ordeal of being confined so long.
"Psychologically speaking, we have to try to keep them on the right track and not give them false hope that it will be a short rescue," Chile's Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.