I know it may seem strange for me to choose Creation Today for this month’s Member Spotlight, but as I scrolled through my inbox the other day, I was struck with a sudden realization . . .
Over the past decade my boss, Eric Hovind, has been working hard, not just establishing his own ministry, but creating and boosting synergy within the Creation Movement. I’ll never forget the day when, as a new volunteer, Eric suddenly called me into his office. He could barely contain his excitement as he showed me the features on the Creation Today website which would allow him to post Creation Events for other ministries. I was intrigued, but perplexed. Eagerly he conveyed his desire, not just to see Creation Today succeed, but to be a blessing to other ministries, especially those with very little notoriety. I’ll admit, I have always been captivated by dreamers, and his passion for the project was truly compelling, but I still didn’t understand why he was talking to me. Then he asked if I would be willing to help him post those events. Me? He barely knew me. I had hung around the store a bit and helped out with some of the kids events, but surely someone else was better equipped for the job!
Four years later. . . I’m still posting events and LOVING it! We now have 78 different ministries or creation groups who send us the information for their speaking engagements. Every month I upload them to the website so our readers can discover what is taking place in their area. During the past few years, and despite frequent mistakes on my part, I have been so blessed to form friendships with many of these speakers and event organizers. It’s especially wonderful when I finally get to meet them in person or hear them speak at an event which I posted. Through it all, Eric has continued to look for ways to be a blessing to other ministries.
That’s why, as I scrolled through my inbox the other day, I found myself on the verge of tears. So many ministries, which we have supported and encouraged over the years, were sending out emails to their subscribers endorsing our movie, Genesis: Paradise Lost. I went to Facebook and the story was the same. Post after post from other speakers and creation ministries kept popping up on my news feed, as they linked their readers to the Genesis Movie website. With tears in my eyes, I realized that, despite the personality issues and doctrinal differences which occasionally arise between organizations, Eric has achieved his dream of creating synergy within the creation movement. I know we still have a long way to go, but I am so thankful for this man, his ministry, and his mission. In so many ways, Eric Hovind is the embodiment of my favorite quote from Jim Elliot:
“Wherever you are, be all there!
Live to the hilt every situation
you believe to be the will of God.”
(Check out Eric’s bio on the Creation Today website: Eric’s Bio)
Prayer Request: With the nationwide Genesis movie release only a few weeks away, please pray for God’s protection for the Genesis team. Also pray that He will prepare the hearts of many to receive the Gospel as it is presented in Genesis: Paradise Lost.
Call to Action: Help us spread the word! Download memes, banners, trailers, posters, and flyers to promote the movie: RESOURCES
On behalf of the Creation Network, thank you for your continued support of our speakers and events! Only eternity will reveal the impact of your prayers and encouragement.
The Creation Ministry Spotlight is a forum to recognize and thank members of the Creation Network
who work to support and further the Creation message. www.CreationNetwork.org