Communion on the Moon

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on July 20, 1969? My memories of that day are still pretty vivid. I was with a group of friends in Chula Vista, California and we were watching a live television broadcast that originated from the moon.

Almost 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first human beings to land and walk on the lunar surface. Six hundred million people (including my friends and me) were captivated by the fuzzy images and muffled audio being broadcast from 240,000 miles away.  Though we were glued to a 20” TV monitor, none of us (or anyone else on the planet) witnessed an event of deep spiritual significance that occurred that day inside the Lunar Module. Shortly after landing, Buzz Aldrin celebrated communion on the moon.

A few weeks before liftoff, Aldrin planned the observance as his way of thanking God for making the Apollo 11 mission a reality. The astronaut believed that the expedition—often recognized as the greatest achievement in human history—would not have been possible without the intelligence, desire and commitment to excellence God had seared into the hearts and minds of the entire Apollo team.

During a period of radio silence, prior to taking his first steps on the moon, Aldrin ate a communion wafer and drank from a small chalice he had carried from Earth. Then he prayed and read a passage from the Gospel of John. Why wasn’t the moment broadcast? Six months earlier, atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair had filed a lawsuit against NASA for allowing the Apollo 8 astronauts to read from Genesis during their Christmas Eve orbit of the Earth. NASA had no problem with Aldrin taking communion, but insisted it had to be done in private to avoid further controversy.

To commemorate Apollo 11 and Buzz Aldrin’s unseen act of faith, we have produced Communion on the Moon.  It’s a special to addition to our John 10:10 Project collection. Take five minutes to watch and be inspired. Then share the film via social media with the world. It’s an unforgettable story of the brilliance of science and the power and grace of God that most people have never heard.

There will never be a better time to reach out with this film than the days leading up to the golden anniversary of those memorable words: Houston…the Eagle has landed.

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