During a period of economic uncertainty, the possible job cuts at NASA could not come at a worse time, so many NASA workers are no longer putting their futures in the hands of the government. They are turning to the power of prayer.
"I believe very much in God and that He hears us when we cry to Him," says Alan Haggard.
A contract engineer at NASA for 13 years, Haggard is also an usher at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. Haggard is one of the almost 12,000 people who now face losing their jobs.
Clear Lake Presbyterian has launched a new campaign. The church is asking everyone to send prayer requests by e-mail to email@example.com.
Pastor Steve Oglesbee is hoping to get at least 500 requests for prayer for the people across the U.S. who face losing their jobs in the NASA job cuts.
"It's an opportunity for us to be reminded where our ultimate help comes from. Ultimately, our help doesn't come from a boss or an employer or from the government -- ultimately, our help comes from God," says Oglesbee.
Everyone is invited to visit firstname.lastname@example.org to turn in prayer requests. Clear Lake Presbyterian will hold a special service on Saturday, March 27 at 6 p.m. This event is also open to everyone who wants to attend. The service will be specifically to pray for each and every e-mail that has been submitted.
Clear Lake Presbyterian is located on 1511 El Dorado Boulevard.
Owen Morris was a manager for the Apollo shuttle program. He retired as an Engineer from NASA after 34 years. He is concerned for his former colleagues and the U.S. space program in general.
"I am very afraid that it will wind up with a period of 10 years, maybe even 15, that this country will not have the capability of launching man in space," says Morris.
The prayers for the workers at NASA come after the president's cancellation of the Constellation Program and the NASA budget cuts being considered by Congress. If there are big budget cuts, jobs will likely be the next to go in NASA's new fiscal year which begins in October.