As 2022 draws to a close, Answers in Genesis is wrapping up our 29th year of ministry. It’s been another wonderful year as God has, yet again, graciously blessed our efforts here at AiG and our attractions, the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.
So much has happened over the course of 2022 that it would be impossible to share everything with you, but here are some highlights from our various ministries and outreaches over the past year.
But perhaps the most noteworthy event happened on June 24 when the horrible Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 was overturned, turning the decision regarding abortion back to the individual states (a move that has already saved many lives!).
From a societal standpoint, 2022 has been quite the year. But perhaps the most noteworthy event happened on June 24 when the horrible Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 was overturned, turning the decision regarding abortion back to the individual states (a move that has already saved many lives!). Many Christians rightly praised the Lord for this momentous victory—and then got to work taking care of moms, dads, and babies; lobbying their representatives to make abortion illegal in their state; and having hard, but important, conversations with family, friends, and coworkers about abortion and related issues.
Now, AiG has always been a pro-life ministry with a passion for the “least of these,” unborn babies made in God’s image, who are at risk of being killed. So, over the years, we’ve released many articles, presentations, resources, and even a stunning exhibit at the Creation Museum. And this year, in light of the conversations swirling around Roe v. Wade, we ramped it up with several very popular series tackling sanctity of life issues.
This year our content team has been working hard to grow our YouTube channel so we can reach even more people with the message of biblical authority and the gospel of Jesus Christ. And it’s working! We’re excited that our Answers in Genesis YouTube channel now has over 400,000 subscribers! That’s significant growth compared to last year, and that means more people than ever have been exposed to our teaching.
And what are our 400,000 subscribers watching? Well, these were the top five videos on our YouTube channel this year:
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People were so excited for rock-solid answers from God’s Word.
This year we hosted our annual Answers for Women, Answers for Pastors, Deaf Days, and Día Latino—and each of these events was our best yet! We had record attendance and the excitement at each event was palpable. People were so excited for rock-solid answers from God’s Word. So excited, in fact, that our Answers for Women 2023 event to be held in the spring sold out a long time ago and has a long waiting list.
We also hosted a brand-new event, our Answers Homeschool Experience. This event sold out—twice!—and was a smashing success! Families loved the in-depth teaching, special guests, hands-on breakout sessions, and family memories. We can’t wait for next year’s event (registration coming soon).
Last year we were fundraising for some needed expansions and upgrades to both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. Well, thanks to your generosity, we were able to begin those projects fully funded (praise the Lord!). And this year we were able to complete the Legacy Hall upgrade, open our new Welcome Center at the Creation Museum, begin the work on our new Eden Teaching Center and Zoo, and begin designing the scale model of first-century Jerusalem.
We’re so thankful that Legacy Hall is now refurbished. The upgraded enlarged space has been such an incredible blessing to our guests, as has the beautiful new Welcome Center out in the parking lot. We can’t wait for the Eden Teaching Center construction to be completed and for the Jerusalem model to open.
In this exciting video, attractions content manager Tim Chaffey and art director Travis Wilson share some sneak peeks of the Jerusalem model, currently in the research phase:
Before we can finish the Jerusalem model, we need a building to house this massive (one of the largest in the world) exhibit. We also need a welcome center and shuttle bus drop-off area down at the Ark. So we’re combining both needs into one and constructing a beautiful new building that will house the new exhibit and also serve as a welcome center. We’re currently fundraising for this project, and every gift is matched dollar-for-dollar up to $8.5 million, now through the end of 2022.
It has been a wonderful year, and we’re so thankful to God, to whom all the glory is due.
It has been a wonderful year, and we’re so thankful to God, to whom all the glory is due. As our founder and CEO, Ken Ham, has always said, this is God’s ministry—we’re all just so thankful we get to be part of it and that the Lord chooses to use us to proclaim the message of biblical authority and the gospel, all for his glory.
Praise the Lord for all he did in 2022! We’re excited to see what he does in 2023.