Sunday 29 August 2010

A Penny For Your Thoughts

For the last 18 years, our pennies have been made with copper plated steel.


There is hardly any part of life today where electrical and electronic equipment is not used. It is difficult to imagine a life without mobile phones, computers, video games, digital cameras, DVD players and flat screen TVs. Think of all the other electrical goods in your house.

None of the above could function without copper, which is the best electrical conductor of all the non-precious metals and used for the connectors, microprocessors, cables and printed circuit boards. PCB

A mobile phone contains about 16 grams of copper . In 2006, more than one billion mobile phones were sold; the equivalent of 16,000 tonnes of copper .

A computer contains about 0.7 kg of copper . In 2006, 240 million computers sold worldwide, which represents a total weight of 168,000 tonnes of copper .

Over the past few years electrical goods have become cheaper, rapid technological improvements have occurred and fashions have and will continue to change. How many people do you know with a mobile phone more than three years old? All these products need copper. Copper is a metal we take so easily for granted – yet is essential to our 21st century way of life.

Why am I telling you this today? To remind you of those thirty three men trapped in a copper mine in Chile. What unbelievable joy when they were discovered to be safe, and uninjured – but how hard to realise it may be 4 months before a large escape shaft can be drilled to enable them to be lifted to the surface.

A news report earlier this week, when the camera first went down the narrow bore hole included this quote from one of the men

"This is where we entertain ourselves, where we have a meeting every day, where we make plans. This is where we pray."


They knew that even in the depths of the earth, [even before they had a telephone link to those above ground] they could call on the Lord – and He heard their prayers. And they continue to pray.

Let us not forget to pray for them, their families, and all those working to bring them home.


  1. It is an unbelievable thought, that they have to wait so long. But how wonderful that they can call upon prayer to sustain them.

  2. Thank you for the reminder of those men and their plight - I, for one, will be keeping them in my prayers. And thank you also for the reminder of our omnipresent God - no matter where, when, why!

  3. Praying....thanks for the post.

  4. I'm going to make that moment of prayer NOW xxx

  5. The IoS Newspaper reports today that this mine (San Jose) was closed after deaths in 2006 and 2007.It seems that it was allowed to re-open without appropriate Health and Safety installations because of corruption and bribery of Government officials by the mine owners. The Unions, who might normally be expected to safeguard workers conditions, were suppressed in Chile by the Western backed Government of General Pinochet. We in the developed World therefore, in this and many other issues, continue to benefit from the exploitation of the poor and the vulnerable.

  6. Goodness, yes, couldn't believe the conditions when I read the Sunday Times article today. The human spirit is amazing- especially when connected to the divine.


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