The last time we discussed this subject was AIG: A Progress Report on The Ark Park. It’s about Ark Encounter — the latest project proposed by Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Our last article links to several earlier posts about ol’ Hambo’s Ark project, and it describes various funding problems they’re encountering, resulting in a cutback in the development schedule and the elimination of other attractions that were going to be built around the Ark. They were originally planning to raise $150 million by the end of June, 2011, but at the time of our last post (February 2012) they had only raised $5 million. They purchased the land, but they were not yet scheduling groundbreaking for the Ark.
Today, in an article titled Prayer Requests and Praises, June 2012, AIG is asking their fans to pray for several of their activities, including their Lucy exhibit at the Creation Museum, about which they say:
Pray that the Lord will use this display to powerfully affect the worldview of museum visitors—perhaps even helping to bring some to salvation.
They also want prayers for their dinosaur billboard campaign:
Please pray that God will use these signs to draw many people to discover the truth of His unchanging Word and the gospel message through the Creation Museum.
But then it gets interesting, as they discuss the Ark project. See what you make of it. The bold font was added by us:
Donations raised for the full-size Ark are now nearing $5.5 million, for which we praise the Lord.
It was $5 million back in February. In four months they’ve raised less than half a million. They’re never gonna make it at this rate. Let’s read on:
However, much more funding is needed before we can begin construction of this centerpiece for the evangelistic Ark Encounter project.
See? They can’t even start to build the thing. Do they have a Plan B? Actually, they do:
Pray that the management team will have wisdom in the many aspects of planning with the resources God has provided as they seek to glorify Him. Please also pray that God would move people to support this monumental outreach.
So there you are. Noah and his sons built the original Ark by themselves, using only the primitive tools available at the time. For some reason Hambo’s replica, which doesn’t even have to be seaworthy, appears to be more difficult to accomplish. But maybe prayer-power will get the job done. We’ll be watching.
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