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Junior Rodeo Bible Camp

Following the Senior Rodeo Bible Camp and the Pee-Wee Rodeo Bible Camp in Johnstown, NE., Marilyn and I were able to teach for three more days at the Junior Camp (ages 10 to 12 years old).

These kids, like the kids of the other two camps, were very serious about learning new skills and improving the skills they already had. Most of the kids were in riding events of some kind, which included: Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Break-Away Calf Roping, Calf Tying, and Goat Tying. Most participated as well in Dummy Roping.

This age group was not allowed to ride the “rough” stock of bucking bulls, bucking bare-back horses, or bucking saddle broncos; however, the boys were allowed to try to ride a bucking calf.

Another competition was also taking place in the Senior and Junior camps – scripture memorization. Some of the campers competed for the grand prize of a very beautiful hand-tooled custom saddle. To win this prize, they had to recite from memory Romans 12 through 15 without stopping! Only one saddle prize is given at each camp, and this year two sisters (one in Senior Camp, and the other in Junior Camp) won the saddles.

Others were given prizes based on how many, of 25 bible verses, they could quote. They had to get at least 12 verses to receive a prize … the more verses, the better the prize.

What a wonderful opportunity we were given to be able to share the truth of the Bible and Jesus with all of these campers. Our greatest joy was to witness many put their faith and trust in Jesus for the first time. At Senior Camp… 3 gave their life to Christ, at Pee-Wee Camp… 8 campers were saved, and at Junior Camp… 20 put their faith in Jesus and 10 others re-dedicated to the Lord. What a blessing to be able to see God at work in all of these kids lives. Pray that they will continue to grow in their faith as new-born Christians.

 

Lanny Johnson

 

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“My Church Beat Me Up”

“You forgot to talk about ‘panspermia’ when you talked about the options about where we come from,” challenged a teenager after a Creation Science Fellowship meeting in New Mexico.

I explained to him that panspermia was just a variation on evolution … because there is no true evidence for life beginning by itself here upon the earth, panspermia was proposed as a theory that life on earth originated from organisms coming from outer space.

He then shared that he enjoyed my presentation on “The Miracle of Life,” and it had given him some things to think about. He went on to admit that he was really struggling in what to believe about evolution or Creation.

My next question to him was, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?”After a long pause he stated, “I used to, but now … no I don’t believe in Jesus.”  “What do you mean, ‘you used to’?”, I asked?

“The church I go to has really beaten me up. They keep teaching that the church is the authority and not the Bible. I don’t know who to trust. I am really confused.” I asked him what church he attended, and by his answer, I then knew why he was so confused. Not only does this church teach it is authority, but it also teaches that evolution is true.

Unfortunately, all of us at AOI have met many youth struggling with the same issues. Tragically, it is not just the outside worldview they are in a battle with, but many times that battle rages on within the church.

My advice and challenge to that young man … don’t put your trust in a religion; rather put it in the Word of God – into a personal relationship with the Savior Jesus Christ. Start reading and studying the Bible and go to a Bible believing church. Recognize all the artwork that is rampant in the books, movies, magazines, and museums is just that – ARTWORK! Then with an open mind begin asking, “What’s the Evidence?” Hopefully he will then be led to the Truth of Jesus Christ our Creator (Col. 1:16)

 

Lanny Johnson

 

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The Birth of the Genesis Project

The idea for the Genesis Project started years ago in Africa.  It all began when Lanny and I traveled to Africa a few months after 9/11 to teach about creation and the new age movement.  It was during the last few days of our one month tour and we were finishing up in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It was Saturday night and we were approached by an elder from the church where we were teaching the next morning.  He informed us that his pastor did not want us to teach, but to preach.  Preach only from the Bible, and leave our creation slides at the motel, he said.  We informed the elder we are not preachers, but teachers.  He was not impressed.  The order was to preach from the Bible or stay home.

After the elder left, we contemplated what we should do.  Lanny had the bright idea to preach what we teach.  We taught creation, and where do you find creation?  That’s right, it is taught in Genesis!  Lanny said he would preach on Genesis chapter one and two and for me to preach on chapter three.  That was our plan.  After the preaching on Genesis, a lady was saved!  The pastor was surprised.  Never before had anybody trusted Jesus Christ by the preaching of Genesis!

Then in 2008, I was invited to come to India and teach creation.  The first year I taught primarily the scientific evidence for creation.  The second year, I discovered my teaching was ‘going over the heads’ of most of my students.  They did not understand some of the scientific information.  Most of them were taught evolution, and many believed in some form of evolution. There had to be a better way to teach these scientific concepts.

I realized that most, if not all, the students had Bibles.  So again, I turned to Genesis.  This they could understand.  All I did was add the scientific information as I taught through the book of Genesis.  Because what we observe today is what the Bible has been telling us for thousands of years. They understood!  They were overjoyed to discover that Genesis and creation were true!  Because of the hunger to know the truth, we at AOI are now in the process of putting the Genesis Series  down in writing as well as on DVD’s.  So stay tuned for further developments.

 

Rich Stepanek

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The Genesis Project

 

AOI is starting a new Project called the Genesis Project.  We believe the project is greatly needed ,due to the fact that many people have questions and are extremely confused about Genesis.  Many churches do not even teach the truth about Genesis.

What does Genesis tell us about science?  If Darwin would have known the scientific information proclaimed in Genesis, he probably would not have made the mistakes he made about evolution on the Galapagos Islands.  Genesis predicted what Darwin would find on the Islands, 6,000 years before he was even born!  The finches do not show Darwinian evolution, but they do proclaim the greatness of God found in Genesis.

Gregor Mendel was an Austrian monk who is known as the ‘Father of Modern Genetics’, but is he really the father of modern genetics, or  is there someone who lived thousands of years before him who also understood genetics?  Not only does Genesis reveal information about genetics, but also many other aspects of science.

We have been using this method for years, and are now working to get it in book and video formats.

I am currently teaching a small group from our church by going through my presentations on Genesis 1-3.  They are a select group who have shown specific interest in creation teaching.  It is a family event, as all ages listen together.  It has been a great time of informal, but deep study.  We have been able to address questions as they arise, and progress at whatever pace fits the group.

Some have expressed dismay that so many of our Christian colleges do not teach this information, and do not stress the importance of Genesis in regard to the Scripture as a whole.  It is good to see these families equipping themselves and their children with a foundation for their future.  We hope that this similar type of study can be duplicated all over the globe with the materials that we are producing through this project.

Please keep us in your prayers as we work to complete this in the near future. You can also help financially with donations of any amount to AOI.  Also, stay tuned for another blog, next week, giving the history of when and why God had me begin to look in this direction for teaching.

 

Rich Stepanek

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The Ministry continues in India

Yogesh and Vinita

We are regularly receiving phone calls from a friend who was also my translator in India.   I stayed with this man, Yogesh, and his wife, Vinita, during my last trip to India in February.

He understands the importance of teaching the truth about Genesis so much, that he has decided to do some teaching himself.  On various weekends he will present Genesis teachings to groups at various churches.

It has been a blessing to see how God will use specific individuals to further the creation message in ways we would not expect.  It is also inspiring to understand that this man from India has very limited resources, but yet desires to share his knowledge with others at his own personal expense.

Let us be faithful to pray for those who are ministering in the face of great trials.

 

Richard Stepanek

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Multiplication of Ministry

His Productions

Over the years, AOI has had a chance to “train up” many individual with the foundations of Creation. Many of those individuals have used this knowledge to minister in their local churches and areas.

Some 18 years ago, when Marilyn, my daughters, and I first began with AOI, we met a family at one of our Creation Family Camps, and later at the church they were attending in Texas. They had a real desire to learn the puppet ministry, so they came to another of AOI’s family camps. While there, they not only received a lot of creation training, but we were able to work with them on an individual basis and teach them basic puppetry.

It has been such a blessing to see how their puppet ministry has grown over the years. They began as a family ministry, but expanded into a youth puppet ministry. Over the years they have worked with many youth, teaching them puppetry and presenting well done puppet shows at different venues all over the United States. Another part of their ministry is to disciple those youth.

If you are interested in having this team minister to your group, especially in the Texas area, contact them through their website.

Presently here at AOI, we are all prayerfully seeking God’s wisdom for our future … not our retirement, but the continuance of the ministry of AOI when we physically cannot keep on traveling around the country. Won’t you join us in prayer as we look for new venues and opportunities to continue sharing the Creation Message.

 

Lanny Johnson

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How Dare You Contradict Evolution?

David Coppedge

As I write, David Coppedge is in the midst of a courtroom battle regarding a discrimination lawsuit he has brought against his former employer, Jet Propulsion Labs. He had been employed at the lab for quite a few years and was an information technology specialist and system administrator on JPL’s international Cassini mission to Saturn. He was fired by the lab for supposed religious harassment after he filed suit to protect his free expression rights.

What was the nature of the harassment that the tax-funded JPL took issue with? According to David, his colleague had expressed interest in his viewpoints, so David loaned her some of his DVD’s on intelligent design.

Expressing an intelligent design opinion is not exactly what I would think harassment would look like. This is especially true in the context of the project he was involved in. The NASA probe was looking for evidences in our solar system for an evolutionary origin of life.  Apparently for those committed to evolution, however, anything questioning evolution is construed as religious harassment since it must be challenging their religious beliefs.

Keep in mind, the coworker did not have to ask David’s opinion on the subject of intelligent design, and she did not have to take the DVD’s that she expressed a desire to view, since they were not forcefully placed in her hand.

I am certainly praying about the outcome of this case as it has a lot to do with the issue of free speech. I will keep you posted.

 

Dave Nutting

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Up, Up, and Far Away

While waiting for my flight to Houston, I decided to write a quick note from the Grand Junction Airport.

The Nances, Sue, and Me

Mark Sonmor, AOI’s graphic artist, is finishing the final details on some PowerPoint slides that I will need for teaching on this trip. He will be sending them by email upon completion. There never seems to be enough time to get it all done.

I will meet Allen and Molly Nance, friends of AOI as well as friends of India, in Houston and we will travel together to India.

Some Old Friends

The Nances will be in India for about two weeks and I will be there for three.  I’m planning to meet some old friends and making some new ones.  Of the many things planned for the trip, one of the activities Allen, Molly, and I will be doing together is visiting various mercy homes (orphanages).  I will also be teaching at a pastors’ conference this year, as well as the usual stops.

Please pray that the teaching will go well and God would open their hearts and minds to the teachings we bring. Also pray that He would watch over all of us as we minister to these beautiful people of God.  I will send updates as internet access allows.

 

Rich Stepanek

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Our Hope in Jesus

A few summers ago, we met a missionary couple who have established a school in Gambia (a country in West Africa). Gambia is predominately Muslim in faith. I just want to share a few excerpts from their recent newsletter: 

“Each year as Christmas arrives we are given the opportunity to remember why Jesus came to earth. All people had no hope and were separated from God by sin, yet, the prophets of old predicted a day when the Messiah would come. Unable to fix our own mess, we needed someone, a Savior, who would be able to restore our relationship with God.”

“Last year we spent our first Christmas in Gambia ministering in a Muslim culture. We had the opportunity to experience the emptiness of a Christmas season without Jesus.  Just like back then when people did not recognize His coming, Gambians went about their business, still not knowing that a Savior had been born, still not mentioning the name of Jesus……but how can they believe unless they first hear?”

“The Bible tells us that ‘In His name the nations will put their hope.’ (Matthew 12:21)  We pray that the nation of Gambia will put their hope in Him!  We pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the Savior of the world to many more!”

“Because of Jesus we have hope. We have hope for the future, that we will be redeemed; hope for the present, that we are not alone. Hope that our failures are not greater than God’s love. Jesus came to bring us hope, not just for the future, but for today. Rather than trusting in ourselves, let us put our hope in Him.” 

As I read this couples newsletter, my heart went out to the people of Gambia and the need for them to hear the Gospel. At the same time, my prayers go out to the people of the United States … our people have the same urgent need … to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So many Americans are experiencing ” the emptiness of a Christmas season without Jesus.” The hope in Jesus is what Christmas is all about.

 

Lanny Johnson

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Gunslingers?

Remember those famous movies of the old west? The main villain and his gang have been terrorizing the town. Nobody stands up to them out of fear. Then along comes the guy in the (frequently) white cowboy hat, who either singlehandedly cleans up the whole mess or motivates the town’s people to collectively stand with him.

Creation ministry on the college campus is kind of like that. A huge difference is that we don’t come in with our white cowboy hat, we aren’t riding on a white horse, and we really can’t clean up the whole mess!  Sometimes, it seems a good share of the audience is in the villain’s camp and we feel like trying to call in the Texas Rangers.

Frequently, though, it boils down to a few of the chief atheist “gunslingers” trying  to “gun” us down with their arguments about some picky detail that might appear to support evolution (that is, if they pull their hat down far enough over their eyes).

Although the “close-minded gang” may not be swayed, a seed is planted! Also, the Christian students on the campus are like the town’s people who are relieved to have someone come alongside of them. The important thing for you to remember is that we at AOI need you, our readers, to help us do that. So, if at all possible, please make AOI one of your special giving options and pray that many others will do the same.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

Dave Nutting

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