The great man himself — Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, brings us news of his Ark Encounter project.
Hambo’s article at the AIG website is Ark Encounter — A Great Evangelistic Outreach. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his scripture references deleted:
After years of prayer, numerous battles, and lots of hard work — they [sic] all came together, and we are now starting construction of the evangelistic Ark Encounter project! Here’s a summary of what’s taken place in regard to the building of this exciting outreach to millions of souls:
Think about it, dear reader. While you’ve been concerned with your shabby life, and thinking about various conflicts around the world, ol’ Hambo has been engaged in a colossal evangelistic effort. What a great man! He says:
Our battle to obtain a federal permit (which had been holding up construction for over a year) finally came through!
Noah himself couldn’t have done it better. And there’s more:
The Tourism Board of Kentucky granted preliminary approval for the possibility of receiving a refund of sales tax (which is performance based) at the completed Ark Encounter; if the Ark attendance is strong and tourism dollars flow into the state, then a refund of sales tax collected from guests in the park will be granted.
That’s absolutely glorious news! We posted about it before — see Joy to the World — The Ark Is Approved. But that’s not all:
The complex architectural and engineering work had been completed, and meetings are now going ahead with contractors to let bids.
Hey — why didn’t Noah need “complex architectural and engineering work”? Well, we won’t worry about that. Then Hambo tells about the endless attacks he has endured in the press:
Just when we get through a series of struggles to move a project ahead, the devil orchestrates even more battles in an attempt to undermine the future outreach!
That ol’ Devil never sleeps! He’s desperate to stop Hambo, but Hambo is winning! Aren’t you excited? Let’s read on:
This time with the Ark project, it felt like déjà vu. You see, you will probably remember the many battles (and the media wars that ensued) back in the 1990s when it was becoming obvious the Creation Museum project was actually moving ahead. Back then, and as I’ve quoted many times, I cited the verse: “”But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” [scripture reference].
Hambo’s critics are evil, but God is on Hambo’s side! He continues:
When you think about the fact that the Ark Encounter will be one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches of our time, it’s no wonder AiG has come under attack again.
We’ll skip several paragraphs of obstacles the great man has overcome. He faced opposition that “became headlines in newspapers, editorials, online news outlets, atheist blogs, and our regional TV and radio news stations!” He tells us:
Such media and other attacks on the AiG ministry have become a daily occurrence. The attacks have greatly intensified as the actual construction of the Ark project has begun in earnest. We expect many more to come — and AiG obviously needs your prayers.
But his optimism is boundless:
Over the years, secularists launched vicious attacks against the museum. They will increase, as the full-size Noah’s Ark, when it opens in 2016, is estimated to attract up to 2 million visitors a year—and Creation Museum attendance should double! I believe the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum will be two of the most powerful evangelistic outreaches in the world today! What an incredible one-two punch they will be!
Oooooooooh! [*Curmudgeon swoons*] Then the great man indulges in a wee bit of well-deserved self-praise:
How many other centers are boldly, unashamedly, and uncompromisingly standing on God’s Word? Defending our faith against the attacks of our day? Equipping Christians of all ages with answers? Challenging non-Christians with the truth of God’s Word and the saving gospel? And will be attracting 2.5 million combined visitors a year?
Only you, Hambo. Only you! He concludes with this:
If you are looking to invest time, prayer, and finances in a Christian ministry and see a great spiritual return, I believe the evangelistic Ark is a great Kingdom investment opportunity!
So there you are, dear reader. It’s clear that ol’ Hambo is the greatest man of our time — perhaps of all time! Do what you can to show your appreciation. Send him money — all your money. You’re guaranteed to receive a “great spiritual return.”
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