As I read through this issue of Acts & Facts, I’m reminded of the goodness of our Creator. The One who originally proclaimed His creation “good” and even “very good” is the One who is still personally involved with us today. He loves us and cares about every detail of our individual lives just like He intricately designed the details of creation.
Our Creator is Jesus. I see His hand as I look at the things He guided the team at the Institute for Creation Research to do this past year—just as He guided ICR in the years and decades before. From events, presentations, and publications to the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History, the scientists’ research, and the changed lives of those who interact with our ministry, God has used ICR’s work to spread His truth. For almost 50 years, His hand has blessed and protected us through growth and expansion, change and transition.
We experienced His help—and yours—as we completed the Discovery Center this year. As Dr. Henry Morris III said, “The Discovery Center is a marvelous tool that will extend and further empower our mission to showcase the voluminous research and scientific evidence that demonstrate the accuracy and authority of the Bible” (“Maintaining the Mission”).
Visitors to the Discovery Center have had the opportunity to explore Dr. Brian Thomas’ recent research in the area of soft tissues in dinosaur fossils. Many have taken a closer look at Dr. Tim Clarey’s work related to the Flood and Earth’s geological sequences. Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins’ research comparing human and chimp DNA is also on display in the current research exhibit.
As I reflect on God’s goodness, I realize there are so many remarkable things I’ve encountered through my years working at ICR. I’ve interviewed a NASA astronaut who loves the Lord and sometimes speaks at ICR events. I’ve filmed at breathtaking locations that vividly reveal majestic details of God’s creation. And I have the honor of working with an incredibly talented team that writes, edits, and creates resources to answer readers’ questions and point them to our good God. These rank near the top of my unforgettable experiences list, but I also fondly remember meeting a little boy named Cooper outside the Discovery Center a few months ago.
Cooper attended the Discovery Center grand opening. He was so excited to be here, and our photographer and I caught him as he was leaving with his family. He wore an Earth shirt and a giant smile. He opened his ICR Discovery Store bag and pulled out our Science for Kids Earth book that he’d picked out from the many resources in our shop. He clearly had a passion for studying God’s created world, and it was thrilling to play a part in encouraging his enthusiasm for our Creator.
Meeting friends of ICR face to face always reminds me why this ministry matters. And God’s goodness is displayed over and over again through your ongoing support. You have offered kind words, finances, and prayer over decades of ministry, and you’ve been a huge part of our mission outreach and ministry growth in 2019. Because of your generosity, thousands of Discovery Center visitors have come to see the work of our Creator and celebrate His goodness with us. We’re grateful for you, our faithful friends—Merry Christmas from all of us here at ICR!
* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.