The modern ark, dubbed “Johan’s Ark,” is a fully-functioning replica of Noah’s Ark, as described in the book of Genesis in the Bible, which he started to build after having a dream in which he saw part of his native Netherlands submerged in a flood like the one featured in the Book of Genesis.
He became obsessed with bringing the story of the Ark to life, and in 2004 he built a half-scale version and floated it along the country’s canals.
Tourists flocked to see the smaller prototype when Mr Huibers opened it to the public, but the proceeds from admissions went straight back into funding his ambition to build a full-size ship.
The Ark of Noah has already received hundreds of thousands of visitors where it is currently docked in The Netherlands. Johan, the builder of the Ark of Noah has had a passion to show the Ark to the world through the lens of the Gospel.
When Johan learned about the lives of many underprivileged communities throughout Brazil, he started praying about how he could help. He felt led to seek support from the local church to pray and seek God’s wisdom and direction to best serve the underprivileged communities. It was decided…
this was a message from God to bring the Ark to Brazil, where these communities, as well as many others, may receive the experience of hope. …..and what better time than during the Olympics so visitors from around the world can witness this amazing vessel!
Transportation of the Ark of Noah from The Netherlands to Brazil will be an incredible undertaking made possible by donations. The voyage will be streamed live on the internet. People will see the barge on which the Ark of Noah will be mounted for the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.
After docking at several port cities in Brazil, the Ark of Noah will visit many other harbours on its journey through South, Middle and North America. While still in the planning phase, desired ports to visit include: Fortaleza, Montevideo, Manaus, Belem, Recife, Salvador, Vitoria, Santos-Guaruja, Florianopolis, Porto Alegre and Buenos Aires, Havana, Panama, Columbia and then off to the United States: San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle. At each port the Foundation shall coordinate with local communities to bring underprivileged families and orphans to tour the Ark for free and visitors can come aboard, tour the Ark of Noah exhibit and learn the story of Noah. Core ending theme will be the new hope to survive, this time not through a wooden boat but by a living person, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
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