By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (ANS — January 3, 2017) — One of the few survivors of a crash involving a Brazilian soccer team’s charter flight to Medellin was holding his Bible and reading Psalm 63 at the time of the crash.
Helio Neto, 31, was one of six survivors of the crash, which claimed the lives of 71 people, including many players and staff from the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil, one of Brazil’s top teams.
Neto is a strong Christian who carries his Bible everywhere. “Its the first thing he takes when he travels,” his wife Simone told the Daily Mail. His tattered Bible also survived the crash and was retrieved by Simone.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm on November 28th. Authorities discovered the plane had run out of fuel as it approached the outskirts of Medellin.
The appearance of the crash scene – on a rugged mountain slope – reveals the plane smashed into small pieces. At first glance, it appears that no one could have possibly survived.
But one soccer player was hidden in the shadow of His wings.
Neto was reading Psalm 63, which says: “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the
night; Because you have been my help; Then I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.”
While Neto plays central defender on his team, he also had a mighty Defender in the heavenlies, an ever-present help in his time of distress.
Photo captions: 1) Helio Neto. 2) Helio Neto being pulled from the wreckage. 3) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from around the world.
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