The recent catastrophic effects of Hurricane Ike (which even included the area where AiG is located) reminds us that the “whole creation groans” because of our sin (Romans 8:22). Also a reminder for us all to pray for each other in this fallen world.
We do praise the Lord, though, that the Answers in Genesis headquarters and the Creation Museum weathered the severe storm (winds of 75 mph) that hit the Tri-state area (Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana) on Sunday afternoon. The Creation Museum had to be closed down at 2:30, as the winds reached hurricane force and there was a power failure.
I have enclosed a number of pictures to show some of the minor damage incurred—and one photograph showing the effects of the winds on the plants and trees from these hurricane-force gusts.
Please be in prayer for the millions of people throughout the USA in the path of that storm, many of whom have suffered terrible losses.
Field Report Two from AiG’s Medical Mission in Saipan
Clinics by day and teaching by night—that’s the schedule in Saipan this week. The medical clinics have started in space provided by Eucon College. In the first few days we have provided care for various infections and routine orthopedic problems. Yesterday began the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes! Laura had about 25 students who were all very eager to improve their English skills.
Their skill level varies from only knowing basic English greetings to being able to carry on a simple conversation in English. They have such an enthusiasm to learn—we are quite excited to have the opportunity! We will be having classes each day for the two weeks that our team is here. The students are all attending the sessions given by Dr. Tommy Mitchell each evening, so they have the added pressure of knowing that their teacher may give them a “pop conversation quiz” at any time!
Each evening a good crowd of Chinese- and English-speaking people gathers at the Christian Bible Church to hear Dr. Mitchell, with the aid of his translator, speak about the importance of biblical authority in Genesis. He’s already taught about the age of the earth and dating methods. With sessions each night, he’ll be exploring many more topics. Many students at the college have come to him with questions. In addition, a local school teacher brought her class last night and held a special session with Dr. Mitchell; the teacher asked him to explain to the children why Genesis is important. The enthusiastic students plan to return every night.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,