Navigation Links
Dutchman Rebuilds Noah's Ark to Spread His Faith

He dreamed about it for fourteen years and when he finally started it took Dutch contractor Johan Huibers only 16 months to rebuild Noah's Ark.

Huibers, a jovial man with a smile for everyone, said he got the idea to build his ark after having a dream that the Netherlands was flooded.

"It was a feeling that compelled me to build it and I like to talk about God and tell the story," Huibers told AFP on his finished ark.

He stressed, he does not believe the Netherlands will flood but believes the dream was God's way of telling him to build an ark to spread his faith.

"I want to show people what the ark looked like to make the story more tangible. When people don't believe in God see the ark, they have many questions. It is wonderful to talk to these people," he said.

At 70 metres (231 feet) long the ship is only half the length of the ark described in the Bible. Taking into account the adjusted height and width, Huibers says the biblical ark would have been 14 times bigger, in terms of volume, than his replica.

"When I went inside I thought to myself: that's the way it happened, two and two they went into the ark," said visitor Diny Lagerweij, quoting the Bible.

Inside the enormous shipped is filled with wooden animals -- elephants, giraffes, apes -- to give people an idea of what it would have been like, and visitors were in awe.

"The Bible story starts to become alive for you. I actually said 'thank you Lord' when I was inside," said 59-year-old Marga Weil, who came to see the ark with her son.

Not everyone is convinced. Tannes, a 51-year-old doctor's assistant, who described herself as Christian, said she found it hard to believe the Bible story of Noah.

"It is difficult to imagine that all the animals that lived on the Earth were able to stay in this kind of space, that they lived here and were cared for, that they had enough to eat and drink," she said.

Many of the visitors are Christians but Huibers said he also gets a lot of visits from (nondenominational) state schools.

With some 30,000 visitors since the opening April 30th this year the ark is proving popular, perhaps somewhat surprisingly in the Netherlands where only one in five people say they attend church regularly.

"I have already touched do many people that it is already a success for me," Huibers said.

He wants to spread his message further with a tour of the Netherlands. He is sailing to Rotterdam where he will moor in the harbour in August. On the way he hopes to be allowed to open the boat to visitors in Amsterdam. After Rotterdam there are plans to go to the eastern Netherlands to Arnhem and then on to Germany via the Rhine.

The small entrance fee visitors pay is helping Huibers realise his next goal: a bigger ark the actual size of the ship described in the Bible.

"That's my dream and I'm looking forward to it but it depends on the visitors," he said.

He calculated he would need five million euros (6.71 million dollars) to build such an ark.

"If things continue to go this well I could start within a year," he said, smiling.

With the bigger ark come bigger plans.

"It will be built to navigate European waters," Huibers says, dreaming of sailing that ark to Barcelona and beyond.

Already the ark in Schagen draws visitors from all over the world. On a weekday morning two American sisters said took a few days out from their holiday in Sweden to travel over a 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) the Netherlands especially to see Huibers' ark.

"The idea that a man could make an ark, I wanted to see it," Donna Hiesew from Pennsylvannia explained.

She said the visit had reinforced her faith.

"I can't explain how it makes you feel on the inside, how it makes me feel. Like maybe I could be a part of it."


Related medicine news :

1. Scientists Develop Toothpaste That Rebuilds Tooth Enamel
2. Spreading its wings
3. Smallpox Would Spread Rapidly
4. Spreading knowledge to doctors about herbal medicine
5. Stopping Prostate Cancer from Spreading
6. Drug might prevent Prostate Cancer Spread
7. Circumcision Found To Prevent HIV Spread
8. New Way to Detect Spread of Skin Cancer
9. The Logic Behind The Spread Of SARS
10. Vaccine To Stop the Spread of Chickenpox
11. Minimizing The Risk Of HIV Spread
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A ... 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the ... history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at ... on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned ... the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at ... fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer ... unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid ... healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all ... brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... Australia,s successful biotechnology scientists, Dr Graham ... Noxopharm Limited [ABN 50 608 966 123] ("Noxopharm"). Noxopharm is seeking ... ASX. Noxopharm is a clinic-ready company with its first ... study later this year. NOX66 ... cancer patients - the ability of cancers to become resistant to ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as ... Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) ... Daylight Time). As previously announced on May ... definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... -- VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( ) reported today ... to build a strong and stable market for trading ... the OTC Markets-pink current trading platform. Explains ... seeing an anomaly in market trading activities that may ... Company, but shareholders and market players as well. I ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: