Last week at staff meeting, Steve Ham (director of Answers Worldwide Ministry) and I (Hispanic/Latin Ministry manager) gave an update on the Spanish outreach. After only 14 months since the Answers Worldwide ministry launched an effort to minister to the Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. and throughout the 21 Spanish-speaking countries, we stand amazed at what God has done and what it seems He is preparing for the future. In this time, we have had multiple international conferences in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras as well as local conferences in Georgia, California, Washington, and Tennessee. Last month, while Answers in Genesis (USA) held its yearly Mega Conference in Costa Mesa, California, we also had the opportunity to hold a series of conferences in Spanish in San Diego, Oceanside, and Costa Mesa, and in Ensenada, Mexico. The response was just as amazing as it was encouraging. During this time, we had the honor of partnering up with such wonderful brothers as Miguel Esparza, director of Spanish ministry for The Way of the Master and Living Waters, and Jaime Simán, an engineer who is currently a Calvary Chapel pastor in California, but who also teaches biblical creation throughout Latin America as director and founder of ELVELA ministries (El Verbo Para Latino América—The Word/Logos for Latin America).
Last week we had the privilege of making a major announcement at the AiG Mega Conference in Costa Mesa, California. I’ll tell you about that in a moment, but first let me share a bit of background. You see, one of our ministry partners at the conference was Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF). Last year we commenced a strategy with CHF and the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) to deliver Answers in Genesis tracts along with food packages to people in need in many different countries around the world. We have been so encouraged to see how CHF and SGA have partnered with local churches in reaching out to people with help and hope in this much needed mercy ministry.
Many supporters of the Answers in Genesis ministry are aware of the translation of Ken Ham’s Foundations DVD set into Russian two years ago. Since that time thousands of these DVD talks have been replicated and distributed through many Russian-speaking countries. This Russian translation was possible because of our partnership with our great friends at the Slavic Gospel Association.
On October 11 we are going to have our second Latin Day in the Creation Museum. In one year of focused ministry to the Latin community we have seen God do so much in the lives of so many people. Before we give you the exciting details of the next Creation Museum Latin Day, join us in a quick journey of looking at God’s goodness to us so far.
Sometimes we underestimate the impact that the philosophies of evolution are having all over the earth. Our Answers Worldwide team—Joe Owen and Steve Fazekas—just returned with me from San Marcos de Colón in Honduras, where we completed four days of exciting ministry. When we arrived, we really did not know what to expect. San Marcos de Colón is right near the border between Honduras and Nicaragua and is the location of the Good Samaritan Baptist Mission. The ministry, originally founded by Bob and Joan Tyson, has done phenomenal work. We met many men who had come to know Christ both from Nicaragua and Honduras because of the faithful preaching of the gospel through Bob, Joan, and others in the ministry. Good Samaritan ministry has a Bible institute, a Christian school, a child sponsorship program, a food kitchen for the elderly, and more. It was a great privilege to serve in this ministry for a few days with Bob and Joan’s son Steve and granddaughter Stephanie.
If it was not the most memorable conference I have ever been a part of, I am sure it will be in the top two. The past few days we have hosted over 60 Spanish-speaking pastors from Latin America and throughout the U.S. It was a great privilege for many of these pastors to be hosted by AiG families as we experienced a taste of Latin culture and saw how Answers in Genesis is equipping the Spanish-speaking church. With talks given from Dr. Terry Mortenson, Joe Owen, Creous Ramdath, special guest David Casas (see below), and me, the pastors were challenged and equipped in teaching biblical creation apologetics for their own churches. The pastors walked around the Creation Museum with a steady stream of wonder at the truth of God’s Word and excitement to go back to their own churches and teach it.
If you are interested in seeing a strengthened church in the Latin American world, we have some amazing news for you. Creous and Elizabeth Ramdath are missionaries in creation apologetics and have established a presence in Lima (the capital) working with churches and doing creation evangelism in Peru and surrounding countries. This week, the Ramdaths join us with around 60 Spanish-speaking pastors from USA and Latin America as we help to equip them in defending the faith and teaching their own congregations the credibility of the history in the Bible.
Recently Steve Ham visited the UK to speak in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. He found overwhelming excitement for the message of Answers in Genesis in the churches he visited. Yet even with all the positive response, Steve’s heart for the people of the UK has grown even more fervent to help them know the truth of God’s Word and the reliability of the gospel of Christ.
As a child, I remember well the parades in July of each year to celebrate those who came home from the World War 2. The bands, the heady drone of the bagpipes, the thrill of the drums, and the ranks of uniformed soldiers marching lock-step paraded right up the main street of our modest Ontario town. Later that evening, the great choir decked in red, white, and blue would lead two-thousand voices in that thrilling, patriotic hymn of celebration: “Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves, Britons never, never, never shall be slaves!” As part of the British Empire, pride of conquest, love of country, and the smell of freedom were the bedrock of our public education system, our jurisprudence, and yes, the very fabric of our lives.