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The Ark Encounter


MAY 6, 2017 Alumni Gathering Mike Bush D i r e c t o r o f A l umn i R e l at i o n s

shirley Richards Acad em i c O f f i c e & A l umn i C o u n c i l S e c r e tary At our Alumni Event at the Creation Museum in April 2014 I heard about the full-size Ark which would be built, so I had to revise my “Bucket List” to include a visit to the Ark Encounter! I was thrilled that the WOLBI Alumni would meet for this Creation Museum/Ark Encounter weekend in May 2017, so I designated my Tax Refund to be spent on this “Bucket List” trip! I was blessed to help with our Alumni Registration on Saturday morning and the ability to greet most of our Alumni and families before visiting the Ark. The Ark Encounter was overwhelmingly more majestic than its pictures conveyed, and every display inside was done with excellence! That evening, we gathered with Alumni from almost every WOLBI Class at our Alumni dinner and program at the Creation Museum. I had a nice reunion with five of my 1980 classmates!!! Since I’ve been on the WOLBI Staff since 1980, I’ve experienced many of our campus changes over the years. It was refreshing to hear comments from Alumni who had not visited WOLBI for many years when reports from Don Lough, Jr., Mark Strout and Mike Bush were given during the program that night. The next day, I had many more conversations with our Alumni at the Creation Museum. What a glorious weekend!

We had a great time with 170 Word of Life Bible Institute Alumni, family and friends at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky and Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The Ark is breathtaking in its magnitude, architecture, displays, attention to detail, and, most of all, the timeless story of God’s redemption and promise. At the Creation Museum the history of the Bible vividly comes to life as you walk through biblical history. We encountered exhibits, animatronics, Flood dioramas, stunning video displays and much more. Along with our time at the Ark and Creation Museum, the fellowship, stories and testimonies of our alumni was wonderful. God is still alive and doing a great work in our lives! Word of Life Executive Director, Don Lough, Jr., gave an update and broad overview of the worldwide ministries of Word of Life and challenged us to keep pressing on. We’re planning an Alumni Event at The Bible Museum, Washington, DC, in April 2018. We’ll share additional information as it is available.

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