Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Father and Son Project: Noah's Ark

I love hearing great stories about fathers and sons working together--what better way to spend your time and win the heart of your child! Now this father and son team had something great in mind---to rebuild Noah's Ark and make it come alive for the world to see! Look at these great pictures:

A working replica of Noah's Ark in Schagen, Netherlands---the ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. This model is only half the size of the original ark!

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold. A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine - Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.

Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top deck - not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats, and one camel.
Visitors on the first day were stunned. 'It's past comprehension, ' said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.

Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands , where church going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

Can you imagine your husband doing this with your son? Can you imagine doing something of this scale with your own children? This is how we should be thinking, parents! Doing great and mighty things for the Lord so that He will be glorified whether small........ or BIG! Imagine the memories that son will have as he grows older---imagine what he will be thinking of his earthly father (and his heavenly father) everytime he looks at that gigantic ark.

Now that I am old and gray...give me the time to tell this new generation about all your mighty miracles. Psalm 71:18

Click here to visit the website.


Civilla said...

Wow! That's really awesome! Can you imagine? When my husband was in Bible college, a man came to talk to the student body about Noah's Ark. He proposed that BABY ANIMALS (which are smaller)were probably brought into the ark, which is how they fit so many animals in there -- even baby dinosaurs!

Nancy M. said...

Wow! That is so awesome! Thanks for posting this.

Abounding Treasures said...

What a wonderful project and an amazing thing for a father and son to do together!

May the Lord use this replica to stir hearts to wonder about Him and what the Bible is all about.

May some look back to this as the time where they became serious about their eternal welfare ....

Thanks for sharing the link!

In the Service of the King! said...

That looks really neat, but didn't the real ark only have ONE window? Still, neat for a petting zoo!

Linda said...

I'd say I've seen that ship before! *lol* It was in our harbour last december.. all the kids went to see it on school trips.. it's absolutely HUGE!

We would drive past it and figured it was about as big as our ten-story apartment building..

As for renewing an interest in christianity in the netherlands.. I wouldn't bet on it.. we're practically living in Sodom and Gomorra here.. :P

Greetings from the netherlands!

Fruitful Vine said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I did a post about it immediately and linked to your blog.

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

It is such an inspiring story--makes you feel like the sky is the limit as the creative juices start to flow and we begin dreaming up big plans for our homes!

Many blessings...

Lovely Lady Laura said...

Thanks so much for sharing this story. I immediately sent an e-mail to my friends directing them towards your blog for themselves!
There's something about seeing even a smaller version to make the Bible story come alive before your eyes. Seeing the full size animals inside the half-scale ark just makes my jaw drop open!
Here in Columbus, Ohio, we have a replica of the Santa Maria (one of Christopher Columbus' ships) setting in the Scioto River right in our downtown. After seeing your post, I couldn't help but imagine the ark in our fair city and people's reaction to it!

PrudentHomemaker said...

Thank you for sharing this. What a wonderful way to try to bring others to Christ!

Civilla said...

How much did it cost them to build it? Not really a practical project for my husband and sons, I'm afraid.

momstheword said...

Ooh, that is amazing! Can you imagine working on that together, father and son!

I am going to have to show your post to my hubby. Not because I want him to build one with our boys, lol, but because I know he'd enjoy seeing it.

If this ark will "awake" even one person, that is one sinner whose life has been redeemed and it would be worth it.

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