How did I Get to El Salvador?!

How did I Get to El Salvador?!

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Life is an adventure when He does the scheduling! Recently (leaving two days ago), I was in El Salvador, a country I had never even thought about going to! So how did it come about? It’s a long winding road – and a real testimony to how God works!  Over 10 years ago, Mary Jo and I were speaking at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO, when we ended up having lunch with Johnathan, a campus pastor from Minnesota. After hearing him talk about the exciting ministry...

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Always Be Ready

Always Be Ready

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog Posts, Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  On a recent trip to Nebraska, while visiting our daughter’s family for the birth of our granddaughter, the church where our son-in-law pastors decided to set up an impromptu three night creation seminar (knowing that Rich was visiting). We had really come to help take care of our one year old grandson during this time, but the Lord allowed us also to be used to train others, specifically some youth who needed answers for a conversation they would be having with an...

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THE “EVOLUTION” OF GRAPHIC PRESENTATIONS

THE “EVOLUTION” OF GRAPHIC PRESENTATIONS

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog Posts, Johnsons from the Front | 1 comment

  You have probably heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Studies have shown that 80% of the knowledge our brain accumulates comes from sight. So with these two thoughts in mind, we have chosen to use pictures and graphics as a powerful tool for teaching. For the last 24 years, Marilyn and I have used many techniques for projecting images. When we first began with AOI, Marilyn was doing the major amount of teaching with a flannel board. This limited us to...

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Handyman by Day, Speaker by Night

Handyman by Day, Speaker by Night

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog Posts, Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  We are currently teaching and traveling in northwest Kansas. Rich had the unusual opportunity to teach six nights straight as well as the Sunday School and church services. He was also asked to speak at the church Valentine banquet on Friday night. The topic he chose was on love, marriage, and the unique roles that husbands and wives play. The foundation for all of this, of course, comes from the book of Genesis.  All the other sessions were an in depth study...

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Not There for the First Crawl

Not There for the First Crawl

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Blog Posts, Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  As most of the speakers at AOI can attest, being out on the road at speaking venues takes us away from many of the accomplishments of our kids or grandkids. Marilyn and I have been there for the birth of all seven of our grandkids, so that has been a real blessing; however, we have also missed many of their concerts, recitals, plays, games and “firsts”. While out on the present speaking trip, we missed our 7 month old Reed taking his first crawl. I really thought he...

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Team Time – Staff Highlights

Team Time – Staff Highlights

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  During our team time a couple of weeks ago, each team shared some highlights of their year. Some expressed appreciation for having a newly completed office facility (come by if you haven’t already, and come again if you have) that is comfortable and will be utilized for our expanding local and tourist outreach. Brian & Aimee had several big changes this year, including: buying their first house, having a second child, as well as conducting a 2.5 month...

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Brrrrr! It’s Cold Out There!

Brrrrr! It’s Cold Out There!

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Yes, I wondered about Dave’s sanity when he scheduled a seminar in north central Wyoming in the middle of January. After all, it’s COLD up there! But, we felt God was in it, so we headed north. And yes, it was cold (down to -20 and below)! However, after speaking at universities where we often find so many cold hearts, it was refreshing to receive a warm welcome and meet people who were willing to come out at sub-zero temperatures to hear the truth about Creation and...

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OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITIES

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog Posts, Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  I forgot my camera recently (would have loved a picture), but we were blessed with the opportunity to speak at an Albuquerque, New Mexico Christian School… and during chapel time we had 500 high school students, followed by 400 middle school students.  The remainder of the day Lanny taught 6 different 7th grade classroom sessions with 40-60 students at a time. From 7:15 am until 3:00 pm, it was non-stop talking!  If that wasn’t enough teaching for the...

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An Encouraging Christmas Card

An Encouraging Christmas Card

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog Posts, Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

One of the great blessings of the Christmas season is to connect by cards and letters with family and friends that we have not seen or spoken with through the year. One recent card we received was from a family that had attended an AOI creation seminar. The mom shared how she, a teacher, was able to explain to her students the difference between micro and macro evolution. “My students are listening!” she said, “what they do with it is up to them.” We never know the impact...

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We Are Blessed!

We Are Blessed!

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Blog Posts, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  AOI has recently completed our staff team time in the new AOI office. This is a time when we meet to praise the Lord for what He has accomplished and chart out our year-long goals, anticipating the expanding impact and effectiveness of AOI’s ministry outreach. We will be disclosing some of these plans soon. In the meantime, keep checking our AOI website for developments. First of all, a big THANK YOU to our supporters for the opportunity to launch these plans....

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Blindsided by Grace

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  I love surprises. In fact, one of the things I love about my husband is his enthusiasm for staging a good surprise. But lately I’ve been contemplating the idea that maybe there are some surprises that I should be “outgrowing.” How does the concept of surprise figure into growing spiritual maturity? Often I am astounded at the grace of God, mercifully protecting, teaching and blessing me beyond my wildest expectations. I could, in fact, say that His grace comes by...

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God of All Comfort

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

    I have recently been re-reading an old book entitled, “The God of All Comfort” by Hannah Whitall Smith an author of the late 1800’s. I am only a few chapters into the book, but it has been such a help and encouragement to me! It is not a deep theological study, but rather a practical guide for living a more abundant, joyful Christian life. The author had once had a conversation with an agnostic who declared, “The Christians I meet seem...

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