|A Light in the World Museum||
We are often skeptical when something is free. We think that there has to be a catch. There’s got to be something hidden. That is the reason some find it difficult to understand God’s gift of salvation. God’s love isn’t based on us or what we do; in fact, he loves us in spite of ourselves.
Because God’s gift of salvation is free to all there will not be an admission charge to anyone to go through A Light in the World Museum. This idea was a part of my Dad’s original thoughts about the museum and I feel it is important to keep the museum true to that vision. My Dad never felt right about charging anyone to hear the gospel. His conviction about this was strong. He never charged for copies of his teaching tapes. Actually, he never passed a collection plate. He did provide a receptacle for tithes and donations, but believed God to provide the needs of his church.
The museum’s primary focus is to be a unique form of telling the gospel. Charging an admission fee would conflict with the ministry of reaching out to a lost world.
Many times when I explain that the museum will be free admission I get a very puzzled look from others. Of course organizations need money to survive. The museum will need funds to sustain itself, to maintain and/or upgrade exhibits, afford employees, and assure its continuing existence. We have tried to account for other ways to gain revenue without charging an admission price.
Donations from individuals, churches, and organizations are an important component to the funding of A Light in the World Museum now and in the future. The museum is nondenominational and I feel that it is important that the body of Christ unite together behind this project. Donations are one way to show your support and faith that the Lord is behind this museum.
We plan to have a book store/gift shop within the museum, just as most other museums do. Additionally, we plan to include a banquet hall and classroom space that can be rented out to organizations for their events and programs. The museum will also hold its own ticketed events, such as concerts, speakers, performances, and conferences as well.
Through donations, the gift shop, rental space, and museum events we will generate enough funds to keep the museum free admission.
It's not in my own might that A Light in the World museum will be built. I certainly do not have the resources to "make" it happen. In my heart I do believe that God has asked me to lead this endeavor with his help. It can only happen with divine appointments and God supplied people, funds, and other resources. I move forward in faith responding to His call to action. Thank you for reading.