What a strange Memorial Day weekend in America. Normally we are very busy this time of year with thousands of families spending the long weekend visiting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum attractions. We’re empty right now, and it’s exactly two weeks (on June 8, 2020) until we can open the doors again and welcome guests from across the country back to the Ark and museum here in northern Kentucky. We can’t wait!
The Creation Museum opened Memorial Day (May 28) in 2007, so we’re just a few days shy of our thirteen-year anniversary. And in just a few weeks, we will celebrate four years since the Ark Encounter opened on July 7, 2016. The Answers in Genesis ministry, of course, is much older (a few months ago we celebrated 26 years).
This ministry is his—he alone sustains, guides, and provides for us.
As I’ve shared many times before on blogs and web articles, we’ve experienced many “Red Sea” moments throughout the life of this ministry and the construction of our two attractions. These were times when we were closed in on all sides, like the Israelites during the exodus with the pharaoh right behind them, and really didn’t see a way out unless God parted the sea. And God has always parted the sea—not always in the way we imagined, but he always has. This ministry is his—he alone sustains, guides, and provides for us.
This coronavirus crisis has been the biggest Red Sea event we’ve ever experienced or could have imagined. And it’s certainly not over yet. But God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful. We praise the Lord that the Kentucky governor recently announced that museums can re-open on June 8. We had been working behind-the-scenes and were ready -- when he made that announcement -- with a preparedness plan. We worked hard to make our plans (our responsibility) and trusted God (his sovereignty) to work all things out. As James 4:15 says, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
God has sovereignly sustained this ministry throughout this difficult time, and he has done it through his people. So many of our supporters have generously given to allow us to pay staff, pay the bills that don’t go away just because we’re closed, and allow us to look towards re-opening. Re-opening, including bringing back the necessary attractions staff, will be expensive. We’re trusting God to provide what we need and asking his people to join with us in praying and giving towards this endeavor.
My heart is filled with gratitude towards our Lord and Savior and his people who have been so generous during this time.
My heart is filled with gratitude towards our Lord and Savior and his people who have been so generous during this time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
This Memorial Day as I reflect on the coming anniversary of the Creation Museum’s opening and everything that has been going on over the last few months, I also want to stop and thank the service men and women who have so wonderfully served this country and worked to protect our freedoms so that we can freely and boldly proclaim the truth of God’s Word here at the attractions and through our websites and other outreaches.
We have so much to be grateful for and to so many! But, above all, we thank our Lord who gives us “life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:25).
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.