George Washington Award

Guest blog by Mark Looy, CCO of AiG

Note from Ken Ham: During my visit to the campus of Appalachian Bible
College in West Virginia, I have asked Mark Looy to write a guest blog
in my brief absence from the office — Ken Ham

Monday was a particularly memorable day at AiG and the Creation Museum,
with a special honor bestowed on Ken Ham—which in reality was a
recognition of the entire AiG ministry and the new museum.

We were honored with a visit by ministry friend Doug Phillips, president
of Vision Forum in Texas. He personally surprised Ken—in front of the
AiG staff—with a special sculpted bust, naming Ken as this year’s
“George Washington Man of the Year” recipient, as designated by VF. Now,
Ken knew that this honor (which he accepted on behalf of the entire AiG
ministry) was to be given, but he was unaware that the Washington bust (with his name inscribed on it) was to be handed to him yesterday as the staff gathered in secret inside the museum’s SFX theater. Many staff took note of the fact that
Ken, an Australian, was being given an American patriotic award!

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Doug had specially flown in from San Antonio with his wife and three of
their children—along with his ministry’s CFO Josh Wean and his wife—to honor the ministry and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the museum (as Ken made his way to West Virginia).

Doug described the museum as of “incredible excellence.” He was
especially blessed by the “magnificent” planetarium program, telling us
that as a fan of planetariums across the country, he has watched several
shows over the years.

Doug’s interest in creation apologetics runs quite deep. He informed us
that along with the influence of his father, the creationist classic
book The Genesis Flood by Drs. Morris and Whitcomb is what God used to
bring him to faith.

At the same time, the celebration on Monday morning was tinged with a
somber announcement and prayer request: Doug shared with the AiG staff
that one of his “spiritual sons” (and a key VF staff member), Michael
Billings, had been buried last Friday after dying in a horrible car
accident. To read about this tragedy, and to find out how to pray for
the specific needs of the Billings family and the VF staff, go to Doug’s
blog at

To listen to Monday morning’s special presentation, go to:

At the end of the day, AiG presented Doug with several copies of Ken’s
new book that explains why God allows suffering and death, How could a
loving God . . . ?
so that Doug could take them back with him to give to
Michael’s family and friends that are especially struggling over the
loss right now.

By the way, Doug will be one of the keynote speakers at next July’s
apologetics conference (a family outreach) we are holding in Branson,
Missouri. At this unique national conference (with even some sessions
for ages 7–11), Doug will be joined by Ken, dynamic speaker Voddie Baucham,
and our own Carl Kerby. We are taking registrations even now for this
July mega-event at the 2,500-seat center we’ve rented, which is located
just down the road from some wonderful family attractions and activities
in Branson. See the webpage for details on the conference “Defending
the faith in a secular America.”

As Ken states each time on this blog, please pray for AiG — and this
time please also pray for the Vision Forum ministry.

Mark Looy