Unique Opportunity at the Creation Museum

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At the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, we have the tremendous opportunity to reach well over a million people a year with the life-changing gospel message. People visit from all over the globe and from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. On Labor Day 2018, a group visited the Creation Museum from a church of the Deaf in Southern California. They toured the museum with a volunteer ASL interpreter. What made this particularly interesting was the group consisted of people who needed the ASL translated into Korean and Japanese sign languages.

Deaf Church Group

At one point, they met Tim Chaffey, content manager for AiG Attractions. Here is what he said about the encounter.

I visited the museum on Labor Day to meet up with a friend from out of town. After explaining details of an image of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to my friend (part of our Christ, Cross, Consummation exhibit that opened in 2017), the interpreter with the Deaf group asked me if I could explain the picture to them as well. Specifically, they wanted to know why we depicted Jesus’ feet being nailed to the cross with two spikes, one for each foot going sideways through the heel. I spent about 15 minutes explaining this detail and other features of the illustration to them and directed them to a detailed article I had written explaining many of the interesting details of this image.

The group was extremely interested in learning all that they could about this stunning illustration and other displays throughout the museum. The pastor would often stop the group to use an exhibit to further emphasize a biblical truth. The visual displays and English explanations made accessible in their own language (ASL, KSL, or JSL) was truly a blessing for them. The depth of information made available to them at the Creation Museum, learning more about our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the world he has made, was a gift beyond words.

This group was able to tour the Museum with one of our wonderful volunteer interpreters. However, since we have many guests who are deaf, we want to make sure they all have an opportunity to enjoy the museum during their visit.That’s one of the reasons we’re hosting special Deaf Days, October 13 at the Ark Encounter and October 14 at the Creation Museum. We will have multiple ASL interpreters on site, and a Deaf-led worship service. If you, or someone you know is deaf, we invite you to join us for this special time of worship and learning about God’s Word.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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