In both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum gift shops, we offer a variety of different teaching items, as well as unique Ark/Creation Museum messaged apparel and “souvenirs.” But we try to make sure everything—from bookmarks to notebooks to stuffed animals—contains some sort of teaching to equip and encourage believers or challenge unbelievers with the truth of God’s Word.
Well, we recently heard from one guest whose hoodie purchase has helped him start meaningful conversations with others.
About 2 years ago, we brought our youth group to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. We all enjoyed it immensely! My students were so overwhelmed with what they learned and began buying books rather than the traditional souvenirs! I never in my life expected students to buy books but they were so encouraged and wanted to learn more. Much of their desire was to be able to stand up in class and refute false teachings.
While we were there, I purchased a black and green hoodie. I wear it all the time. I have never in my life gotten so many comments and questions about a piece of clothing. I constantly get compliments on the wording and have had numerous people in stores, and even the hospital, ask me about the museum and I send them your way! (I even found out that the mother of a girl we take care of is being convicted by the message of the shirt!!) Regretfully it is wearing out now and I believe it was on clearance when I got it. But I just wanted to share that the shirts serve a much higher purpose. I do ministry marketing and have seen very few tools work as well to market a ministry as I have seen with this sweatshirt! Thank you for your ministry.
You can find a selection of apparel in the gift stores at either attraction, or check out the smaller selection on our online store at AnswersBookstore.com. These sweatshirts, t-shirts, and hats are a wonderful way of starting conversations about God’s Word and the gospel with others.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.