By Abbie Newton
Mason Times staff writer
An unexpected Biblical figure visited the trunk or treat at Darrell’s Market on Halloween. It was Noah and he brought his ark.
The ark was not a real vessel, but an enhanced trailer. It is used by the Capital Area Child Evangelism Fellowship to share and advertise God’s message.
Sean Southwell is a missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship and said the ark was built more than 18 years ago but underwent renovations during the summer of 2013. The ark is about 25 feet long and 10 feet wide.
“An 85-year old man from our church helped us build it, and we are now using it to bring the gospel to children,” Southwell said.
He said Noah’s Ark has been used in fairs and festivals in the area. Over the summer, it was used in the Ingham County Fair, Eaton County Fair, Maple Syrup Festival and DeWitt Ox Roast.
“When we go to the fairs and festivals, we usually do five 10-minute Bible lessons in the arc,” Southwell said.
Southwell started his work as a missionary when he was 14 years old and said the ark and the Bible lessons gain popularity each year.
“I have been a full-time missionary for 18 years, and I can tell you that children and families just love it,” Southwell said.
Valerie Seward has two children and said she found the ark at a fair a few years ago.
“We went inside to hear the Bible stories and then I signed my kids up for more lessons,” Seward said.
In addition to the Bible stories, the Child Evangelism Fellowship offers mail-in worksheets and further instruction.Seward said her children have been doing the worksheets for three years and plan to continue.
John Hayden is a teaching elder at Columbia Road Baptist Church in Mason. He has also been working with the Child Evangelism Fellowship to bring the gospel to children.
“The main thing is to get families in the ark to know about our various opportunities for children to get involved and start to understand the word of God,” Hayden said.
Southwell and Hayden said they both plan to continue to find ways to bring Noah’s Arj to events like the trunk or treat and other fairs and festivals.