Astronaut’s faith is out of this world

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For a Christian astronaut, it was the day his profession and calling as a believer came together.

Barry Wilmore (pictured above on a space walk) was selected by NASA in 2000, telling Answers Magazine he wanted to use his love of astronomy “as a platform to share the message of God’s special creation and salvation offered through Jesus Christ”.

Cue Christmas Day, 2014. It’s a scene he shows footage of in his talks, when the planet, quite literally, aligned.

“When I was in space, I would wake up every day by 4.30am,” Wilmore said. “On Christmas, the Lord gave me a gift when we rotated right over Israel. 

“It was the clearest day ever as we flew over the Holy Land where the Lord lived and died for me.”

He added: “I’ve had the chance to experience leaving the planet. I believe in God’s sovereign plan and purpose, and it’s humbling he allows me to have this opportunity.”

He is now a veteran of two spaceflights, logging more than 11 days in space on one mission. 

His second flight lasted six months and, for the first three months, he served as flight engineer for the 41st expedition to the International Space Station. 

For the remainder of that mission, he served as commander of the 42nd expedition, totalling 167 days in space and performing three spacewalks.

Space might have enhanced his visual appreciation of God’s creation, but Wilmore is grounded when it comes to his faith.

He said: “I didn’t have to go to space to know my Lord is the true Creator and everything in my life.”

From New Life Newspaper issue 353

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