HOUSTON (BP)--Astronaut Patrick Forrester, a specialist on the Discovery crew that is in orbit now, is carrying with him a piece of the battery box from martyred missionary pilot Nate Saint's Piper PA-14 airplane.
Forrester, a deacon at University Baptist Church in Houston, has been interested in the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship and wrote to them to see if they had anything he could take on the flight, which launched Aug. 29.
"Sometimes the astronauts carry small pieces of something," Forrester's pastor, Robert Creech, said. "He thought he might get a patch or a certificate or something, and he was very excited when he found out it was a part of the airplane."
Saint was among the five missionaries to Ecuador, including Jim Elliot, who were murdered on a sandbar in 1956 by a tribe of Waodani Indians. Forrester first learned about the story during a Steven Curtis Chapman concert.
"He told the story of the missionaries who had gone down and had lost their lives. That story just fascinated me, and through that I heard of the book 'Through Gates of Splendor.' That's when I really first understood about MAF," Forrester said, according to a news release ... Read More