Some of you may know some of the information I am passing along, but many of you probably do not just like we didn't. The press has been talking about all the crew members during the day, but I personally haven't heard any information on any of their religious convictions, etc. Tonight David and I had tickets to the Steve Green concert at our church (which of course was awesome). It was very different from his normal concerts in that the concert was dedicated to his dear friend, Rick Husband, the commander of the space shuttle Columbia. Steve and his wife were very good friends with Rick and his wife Evelyn. He told us that he met Rick many years ago at one of his concerts. They came up to greet Steve and tell him how much they enjoyed his music. Rick's wife whispered to Steve that Rick was an astronaut. Steve immediately began asking him questions (he said that everyone waiting in line to see him suddenly turned their interest to Rick).That was the beginning of their friendship. Three years ago he was present at Rick's first space shuttle launch where he sang at a reception for him prior to take off. He did the same thing 17
days ago-and then watched Rick go into space. He told us how many of the people at the reception were non-believers which is not unusual among the science community.Steve's lastest CD contains a song entitled "God of Wonders" which speaks about a "God beyond our galaxies-You are holy, holy-The heavens declare your majesty-You are holy, holy". Rick Husband loved the song and Steve sang it the reception held for him. A video was made to accompany the song. Steve Green showed the video at his concert tonight (many kleenex needed). It showed him with his wife, 2 young children, in space on his prior mission, along with breathtaking photographs of the galaxies our God created. This same song was also played upon Rick's wife's request as one of the wakeup songs one morning on the space shuttle (they apparently play a different song each morning from NASA). Steve emailed with Rick while he was in space and he shared some of that with us when Rick was talking about how awesome God's creation was as he saw it out the space shuttle window. He told us how Rick was a quiet man, but never quiet about sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. He told us how right before the crew boarded the space shuttle 17 days ago, Rick stopped them all and prayed for them. NASA workers commented that in all their years working there, they had never seen a commander pray with his crew. He told us how at T minus 2 before takeoff, a NASA control person commented that it was a perfect day for launch and Rick replied "The Lord has given us a beautiful day". These were just some of the things he told us.
Steve did a concert in Houston last week-Rick's wife Evelyn and Michael Anderson's wife were there. Steve prayed for Rick and Michael while they were in space and then Steve's family spent the evening having dinner with them. Steve told us how Rick left a recorded devotional video for each of his 2 children for each of the 17 days he would be gone. That was 34 videos that he took the time to record so that his children would not miss their daily devotions they had with their dad. Steve spoke about what a legacy Rick has left his children. None of the above has been mentioned by the press that I have heard (big surprise). But Steve said that he knew for sure that at least 3 crew members- Rick, Michael Anderson and one other crew member (I'm not sure who) were committed followers of Jesus Christ. Kathleen