This gentleman isn’t carving a path through a hillock with a chisel and hammer like Dashrath Manjhi, but he is doing the opposite. He has been digging a hole in the earth and trying to penetrate to the core for the last 18 years.
When asked Why, he claims that God asked him to so in a dream; since then he has never looked back. This is the story of Santiago Sanchez, a 69-year-old man who devotes every waking hour of his life fulfilling God’s wish.
He starts from home at 3 A.M to the tunnel in the city of Berlin, in the western El Salvador department of Usulutan. At the end of the day, he emerges from beneath carrying on his back 90 pounds of rock, stones and debris.
When a journalist interviewed Santiago and questioned the reason behind the digging, he only said: “What I am doing is a spiritual revelation from God.” The reporter tried travelling down the tunnel, but by the time he got halfway, he struggled to breathe and did not go any further. That was, however, no surprise to Santiago who said: “Only I am allowed to go to the end, because I am God’s tunnel digger. Nobody else is allowed to go there.”
A lot of people laugh at what Santiago is doing, but he has ardently been following God’s instruction. His wife, Isabel Ventura, said “there are people who say that he is crazy” but he answers that “no one knows what God is going to demand from you.”
Santiago is the only one who has ever been to the end of the tunnel, and except him only God knows how far it actually goes.