I have just returned from a family reunion of my mom's family in Texas. There were a good number of cousins and second cousins in attendance. This past year was a big blow to the family in the loss of two aunts and an uncle. The number of the original "kids" of Etta Ballard has begun to diminish.
On our return trip to Missouri, Wilda and I made a couple of stops. One might say it became a missions trip. First we made a slight detour and visited the Creation Museum in Glen Rose, TX that is being built under the direction of Dr. Carl Baugh.
Bro. Baugh was there and was able to bring us up to date on several items. He gave us a special tour of the facility and was excited to show us a special item in the trunk of his car. The item was the actual slab of rock that he had just brought back from a lab that used a special cat scan. The slab contained a real human footprint with a real dinosaur footprint embedded into it. A man had stepped into some mud, and shortly thereafter, a dinosaur crossed his path. The evolutionists are boycotting Dr. Baugh's discoveries, because these discoveries reveal that men and dinosaurs walked at the same time and in the same place. Since this is true, then evolution is a lie from the git go. Dr. Baugh also has a petrified tree that was unearthed from a typical geologic setting that normally is used to scale the ages of the earth. The problem was that the tree was upright. It was alive when it was surrounded by settling soil and matter. All the so called representative ages surrounded one living tree. Any other location without a tree would be used by evolutionists to prove that the earth went through ages taking millions of years. The tree cracks that theory into bits and pieces. A receding flood would be a more logical explanation. Understandably, the work of building a museum of such nature is a slow process. Each of the artifacts that the museum acquires has to be copied exactly in a replica for display while the original has to be stored in a secure and proper environment. Dr. Baugh has several interesting items from the pre-flood world. A hammer, a petrified finger and other items that shows truth regarding our history on earth.
There was another familiar face in the museum. It was Dr. Gary Zimmerman, our missionary to the Jews. He was there setting up an area in the museum for some ancient Bible scrolls. He also had some interesting news. His reliability and devotion to the Holy Word of God has become a place of trust and many Jewish organizations are allowing him to handle precious editions and documents. This has opened the door for Bro. Gary to preach the Gospel in heretofore closed areas to his mission. The Lord has opened effectual doors in Russia through the scrolls ministry allowing Bibles to be printed less expensively on Russian soil.
Leaving Glen Rose, we traveled north to Sherman, TX. There we met and had lunch with Drs. Bob and Mary Lou Perryman. He had been in jail that morning. He regularly preaches in such. He also had encouraging news of his team of Church builders. The gas cost is weighing heavy upon them as most of them have travel homes or trailers, but they are scheduled ahead in building projects.
After spending the time we had with these missionaries, I was encouraged to realize that God has men and women all over this world who are busy creating and maintaining ministries that both strengthen and introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a constant yet, changing world. I am glad that we are no longer dependent upon a secular world or the evangelical world for scientific proof of the truth of the Scriptures. We have our own people doing a wonderful job and they are true to the Word of God.