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We needed the Lord to “part the Red Sea”—and miraculously, He did!
We needed a special miracle—and the Lord recently provided it! As you read on, I think you’ll agree that this wonderful miracle was a very special sign of His blessing on the Ark Encounter outreach. Here’s the fascinating background—I think you’ll be greatly blessed to read how God has moved in this evangelistic project.
At Answers in Genesis a few weeks ago, we were feeling a bit like the Israelites at the Red Sea as they were leaving Egypt. We couldn’t go forward; we couldn’t go back. We needed the Lord to “part the Red Sea”—and miraculously, He did!
In over 30 years of ministry, I have witnessed many “Red Sea”-type occasions when we have stepped out in faith and then the Lord blessed the creation ministry. Before I get to the latest incredible miracle, here are just a few examples of the Lord’s blessings over the years:
Over the years we’ve experienced many such special miraculous events. I must admit, the Lord has used those times of uncertainty to increase our faith—and I can see why! These faith steps, bathed in prayer, have become bigger and bigger over time!
When we first stepped out in faith in the 1990s to announce that AiG would be building the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky, we experienced a number of “Red Sea” challenges. When we lost the zoning approval for the original property we sought for the museum, the Lord provided a far better piece of land—and in a much better location.
Also, as the media covered the museum’s rezoning and opposition by humanists, and as donors started to support the project, we enlarged the vision. We ended up building a much larger museum—which is now having a much bigger impact than we ever imagined.
Then, just before the museum opened in 2007, we had a massive problem—which could have actually stopped the Creation Museum from opening. Because we had been building the museum as we raised donations, and we were now in the final construction stage and trying to finish all of the exhibits at the same time, we had a severe cash flow problem.
If we didn’t have considerable funding in advance for the final construction contracts, the museum opening would have to be cancelled. The local banks we had dealt with over the years were not willing to help. And we couldn’t guarantee them that the remaining funds would come in through donations (even though we had shown for several years the Lord was providing).
Then a local bank, with a Christian board of directors, heard about our problem. They visited us and immediately arranged to help with the cash flow problem. You probably didn’t know this, but we were within two days of actually cancelling the grand opening of the Creation Museum. But then the Lord provided!
As you know, we have stepped out in faith to build a full-scale, evangelistic Noah’s Ark in a project called Ark Encounter. We want people to come and have an encounter with Noah’s Ark, and in so doing, have an encounter with God’s Word—and with Jesus Christ.
America’s Research Group has forecast that the annual attendance will be 1.2 to 2 million guests (depending on the economy at the time) with up to 60 percent of those guests being unchurched or infrequent church attendees. The Lord has burdened us to build Noah’s Ark as a sign—a reminder—to the world that God’s Word is true, and that the gospel in His Word is true.
As with the Creation Museum, we’ve had many struggles along the way, including massive attacks by atheists and some in the secular media—all aimed at trying to hurt or stop the Ark.
Phase one of the Ark Encounter, with a full-size Ark, is estimated to cost $73 million.1 Answers in Genesis has committed to raising around $29 million in donations (about $14 million of this has been raised so far). The rest of the funds were to come from a bond offering.
Now, let me tell you about that bond offering. The account will astound you. It’s a long and complicated story. You see, there were some very deliberate misrepresentations and untruths published about the bond offering, including by an influential financial news outlet. It led to major complications that almost shut down the bond offering and the project. (We were restricted from responding to the media during the bond offering.)
We had ample registrations for the bond offering, indicating tremendous interest in the Ark bonds that likely would have seen all of the bonds being sold. But brokerage firms—who had originally told us they would allow the purchase of the Ark bonds for their clients—began reversing their position after the negative media coverage of the Ark bond. This massive exodus forced the bond underwriter and trustee to set up a different method by which our supporters could purchase the bonds, all of which made acquiring the bonds much more challenging.
As a result, a number of people found it very difficult and complex to participate in the bond offering. We were at another “Red Sea” moment. AiG was within a week of the closing date for the bond offering—and we were several million dollars short of the minimum amount needed for the bond closing (and facing the horrible prospect of having to refund all the bond funds held in escrow). From a human perspective, the project was in great jeopardy.
But because we were convinced God had called us to build the Ark Encounter, and we had seen His miraculous hand so many times along the way, we believed that God would somehow bless this massive faith step we had taken—so we called people to pray.
Now in God’s providence, looking back, we can see His miraculous hand in circumstances that led to a “parting of the Red Sea” as we might call it:
So, we were several million dollars short of the minimum amount for the bond and were within a week of the closing date. Millions in bond funds in escrow might have to be returned.
But God “parted the Red Sea.” We can now begin to walk across! Construction of the Ark Encounter will now get underway. What a blessing! Thank you so much for your prayers and for your financial support for this ministry. Please rejoice in the miraculous blessing we just experienced with the Ark. This incredible project will reach millions of souls with the truth of God’s Word and the gospel of Christ.
Praise the Lord with us for His miracle of provision!