Creation Evangelism

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Looking back over this summer’s camps and VBS programs… we had a wonderful year.  We had a full summer with a number of different teaching opportunities.  Many of the campers either trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, rededicated their lives to the LORD, or just had a great time of discipleship. I have discovered using creation evangelism is a wonderful way to explain the gospel, and to proclaim the true character of God.  Using Genesis and creation science...

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Local Creation Museums

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

On our recent trip to a friend’s wedding, Aimee and I were driving through the middle of Nebraska, through big farms and small towns, and just so happened across “The Boneyard Creation Museum” in Broken Bow, Nebraska. That night we didn’t have the chance to visit, but immediately thought, “WE NEED TO GO THERE!” So Monday morning came and we were again in the middle of rural Nebraska, on our way back home, and pulled up with great anticipation of what we might see and...

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An Inside Scoop to Children’s Creation Ministry!

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  A recent opportunity has become such a blessing to us, that I thought I would let you in on it.  As Aimee and I are just starting out and plugging in to AOI’s Creation ministry, God is continually teaching us. We had the privilege to go to Redcloud Family Camp and help out with the Children’s ministry. Alan and Diane Galbraith were in charge with a lot of help from their grandson, Griffin. Sue Stepanek, Aimee, and I were all able to help as well. So we had the inside...

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Enjoying God’s Creation

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Mary Jo & I recently taught a week long kid’s camp at Camp Shiloh in Wyoming. On the way back, we decided to spend the weekend in the Wind River Range in Wyoming, enjoying God’s Creation… which we had been preaching about that entire week. I hope you enjoy the shots. These “older vintage” hikers managed a 12 mile hike high into the wilderness the first day. As if that wasn’t enough, the next day we took a 5 mile hike to loosen up the sore muscles.  Those sore...

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Water in a Dry Place

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  It was a fun, but challenging week at Camp Shiloh in Wyoming, teaching 45 kids, ages 6-16, from extremely diverse backgrounds. Some of the kids were from solid Christian homes and have been at camp every summer for many years. Others were there for the first time and came from extremely difficult home situations. In addition there are cultural differences, as about ¼ of the kids are Native Americans from a nearby reservation. The knowledge level and spiritual...

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Glad Tidings Bible Camp

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  A couple of weeks ago, I was at Glad Tidings Bible Camp teaching a group of 5th and 6th graders.  They were a lively bunch of kids, full of energy!  It was hard trying to keep up with them.  The time was full of new games and activities. One day, we took a short run in the morning after flag raising.  I played carpet ball with them.  At first they beat me every time, but I eventually got the hang of it.  I participated in ‘capture the flag’ and of course got caught...

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Comfort in the Gospel

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  In all our seminars, Vacation Bible Schools (VBS), and Bible camps, I always share the gospel message in one way or another. At camps and VBS I usually have time to do a skit using three men and my wife to visually demonstrate why Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Part of that presentation involves Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his...

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Family Hits Road With Creation

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  After working so hard teaching and writing, it’s always good to know that your work is having an impact on the lives of others, and that they are taking the material learned from you and passing it on to others. Recently we received an encouraging testimony from a woman in Montana. She wrote:   Quite a few years ago [my husband] and I were at a marriage retreat in Colorado – over by Horn Creek at Hermit Basin. [We] were edified by the Creation Series. We have...

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The IFCA National Youth Convention

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  In June, I had the opportunity to teach at the IFCA National Youth Convention which was held on the Appalachian Bible College campus.  Over 370 youth (junior and senior high students), from 30+ churches, attended the conference.  Each year the convention seems to grow just a little more.  This is a good sign since the convention is focused on training youth to be more involved in the church.  The competition was fierce, but in a godly way.  The final Bible knowledge...

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Who are the Marianis?

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  Hello AOI Followers, we are new on staff at AOI and we wanted to introduce ourselves in our first blog post. We are Brian and Aimee Mariani and here are our brief testimonies of how God has worked in our lives in exciting ways and brought us to this position at AOI! That is actually a picture of us jumping into service with AOI at a Creation Boot Camp at Camp Redcloud during the last week of June. Brian: Hey guys, first off, I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois and was...

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Smoke in Camp

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Nuttings from the Front | 4 comments

  Mary Jo & I were recently conducting a Creation Action Boot Camp at Camp Redcloud. One day in each camp is set aside for an all day group activity – this time we chose a hike up 14,000+  foot Redcloud Peak. When we got there at the beginning of the week, a fire was raging on the other side of the ridge from Camp Redcloud. At least this ridge is the continental divide which has sufficient altitude to put it above tree line. This was a great barrier to keep us safe...

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Dinosaurs at DIA

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Pioneer Bible Camp just continued to get better.  The campers were just getting started and began asking even more questions.   I believe in part because I took the time to partake in some of their activities. A wise man I knew from Minnesota once said, “people do not care what you know until they know that you care.”  How true! Most of the counselors attending Pioneer Bible Camp are from Bible schools and colleges.  It was an encouragement to dialogue with the...

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