CHILEAN miner Jose Henriquez, who spent 69 days trapped underground, will be paying a visit to Solihull.
Heroic Jose was one of 33 men who was stuck 700 metres below the earth, after a cave-in at the San Jose mine.
The father-of-two kept up his comrades’ spirits during their ten-week ordeal, reading from miniature bibles that had been lowered underground.
Now the 54-year-old will be sharing his story during a free-talk at the Renewal Christian Centre in Lode Lane.
Bishop David Carr said that the successful rescue of the miners had captured the world’s imagination.
“Without leadership I think the men would have panicked, with a sense of hopelessness,” he said.
“It will be great to meet José as a human being and not just see him on television.”
The drill-master was the 24th miner to be brought to the surface in the rescue operation.
Now, three months later, Jose has set out on a tour of the UK - organised by the Church Mission Society.
He will also visit venues in Oxford, London, Durham and Sheffield, accompanied by translator Alf Cooper.
Jose will be in Solihull on January 26, with the free talk due to start at 7.30pm.
Barbara Carstairs, from the Renewal Centre, said all are welcome, though there’s limited space at the venue.