Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Fantastic interview! Rev Cooper, chaplain to Chile’s president, gives glory to God on Radio Five Live about God’s hand in rescue of Chilean miners

Reverend Alfredo Cooper, chaplain to Chile’s president, was interviewed this afternoon about the rescue of the Chilean miners on Radio Five Live’s Drive programme by presenter Peter Allen.

Cooper took the opportunity with both hands to give the full glory to God, delivering a wonderfully clear and gracious testimony about the power of prayer. You are very unlikely to read the following transcript in any newspaper, so enjoy!

The discussion took place just after 5pm and you can now hear it on you tube or on the Christian Institute website.

Peter Allen: ‘Actually there was one gentleman I got a chance to talk to a little bit earlier. He’s the Reverend Alfredo Cooper. I’ll be absolutely honest with you. We heard an English voice down the line and in fact this gentleman apparently had turned up to thank the British press for what they’d done with this whole event and when they heard his English voice we got him in front of the microphone. He’s called the Reverend Alfredo Cooper. He’s actually chaplain to the country’s president and he told me when he first got involved in the aftermath of the mine’s collapse.’

Rev Cooper: ‘I am a chaplain in the presidential palace and so we had to quickly put together an emergency prayer meeting and it was with all our hearts because to imagine these 33 men a kilometre under the earth not knowing whether they were alive or what was going through their minds.17 days we prayed and then the miracle came when the boring machine glanced off a rock and hit them – hit the cavern they were in - and of course we just erupted in praise. The second service the president called for was a praise meeting so we had a thanksgiving service and since then we’ve had constant prayer. And this has been one of the interesting factors for folk like us to notice. Many of the miners went down as atheists, unbelievers or semi-believers and they have come up to a man testifying that they were not 33 but that there were 34 down there - that Jesus was there with them and that they had a constant sense of his guidance and presence.’

Peter Allen: ‘If you truly believe that it was divine intervention that rescued then presumably you believe that it was divine intervention that left them down there in the first place. I mean it doesn’t always make sense this kind of (chuckles) argument does it?’

Rev Cooper: ‘Well the thing is that in this fallen world this is exactly what does occur. Man is subject to accidents and all sorts of problems thanks often to his wilful negligence as was the case in this mine. There are consequences when you don’t care enough for people. And of course in those situations we might compare Jonah in the whale - you know people tend to cry out to God and this is what’s happened. And God has answered.’

Peter Allen: ‘So you believe God listened to your prayers? God listened to your prayers - God listened to their prayers. You believe they were rescued by divine intervention really?’

Rev Cooper: ‘Well of course we see the hands of all these magnificent experts all around, the good will of so many people internationally and the brilliant coverage of the press and we would suggest that all this works together for good, that certainly as we prayed God has guided in remarkable ways – even the scientists. I was with the NASA people who came the other day. And to my surprise - to a man they were believing scientists in their case - and they all said “This was a miracle. There is no other word for what happened here”.’

Peter Allen: (mumbling and sounding a bit uncomfortable)

Rev Cooper: (really getting into it now!) ‘So you know - Scientists, politicians, presidents - we’ve all come together in one happy moment saying, “Goodness! God is there and he answers prayer.” That’s how we feel. And certainly the miners are also testifying to the world of this - not just about that but certainly it seems to be a central factor.’

Peter Allen: ‘That’s the religious perspective from the Reverend Alfredo Cooper. It’s 5.15pm.’

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.
(Psalm 40:1-4)


  1. Thankyou Peter for putting up this valuable post. I've been googling for Rev. Copper's transcript ever since I heard it on BBC WS TV yesterday. Your blog is the only place available. As Chileans would say, "mucho gracias".

  2. If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

  3. I've recorded an mp3, but can't see a way to post it.

  4. Thanks for the notice. I've got the mp3 too and it will probably go on the CCFON site.

  5. Hello Peter, we have added an mp3 download of the interview to our article on the CMS Website:

  6. Thanks for posting this, I love it. Isn't the only way to post the mp3 to upload it somewhere and post the link?

  7. Just to add thanks from CMS for the quick work! We wrote this up on our site this morning.

  8. Mario Sepulveda, 40, the second miner to be saved was reported saying: "I have been with God and with the devil", he said summing up his ordeal and miraculous salvation "I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there".

  9. Alf is an amazing man. Like Daniel, a foreigner, but he has sought to bless and prosper Chile over many years as Daniel was counselled to do. His ministry is greatly blessed and he now has the ear of the top man. God can do great things when we are obedient and faithful.

  10. That God' might was at play is un-doubtedly evidenced in this whole sixty-nine days saga of shear i can only thankGod for the lives of these men he touched in the distict way only HE can touch a other to give salvation...THANKGOD FOR GOD!

  11. If it's any use, I've made a video with pictures to go with the interview. I did it for a church service on Sunday, and it seemed to go down well. Here's where you can find it: God bless.

  12. Many thanks Cherith for doing this. I have linked your you tube video above along with the audio on the Christian Institte website. Blessings.


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