The Welcome Home Party

We rejoice that Dad arrived safely home on July 9th! The Hovind Family had a Welcome Home Party for him on July 11th and because Dad is on Home Confinement until August 9, the party was held at the Creation Today ministry home. 
 
The Banner High Above the Street Said:
“Dr. Dino, WELCOME HOME!”
 
God sent over 500 people through out the day to welcome Dad home. So humbling!!!! Because of the venue’s limited space, we could only take 40 people at a time in to visit with him. Visitors received tickets for 30-minute slots which they received upon their arrival. We gave welcomers maps to the Creation Store only a mile away, where they could view the Genesis 3D Movie Trailer in 3D, and look at Dr. Hovind resources during their wait if they needed somewhere to go.
 
We gave each child a Super Rubber Band Bookmark which can be viewed on the Creation Today website. (http://creationtoday.org/product/super-scientific-rubber-band-launch/) Dr. Hovind demonstrated and signed these and a Super Paper Airplane  (http://creationtoday.org/product/preparing-to-soar-dino-super-airplane/)

 which some volunteers patiently made for the children all day. We gave the adults a sample of the “Dear God…Knee-Mail” Book One

 (http://creationtoday.org/product/dear-god-knee-mail-book-1-ebook-pdf/)with two of Dr. Hovind’s Knee-Mails while guests enjoyed cold, bottled water, and pre-packed chips and cookies. 

 
Groups came into the Gazebo as I, serving as Master of Ceremonies, thanked and welcomed guests asking what year they had heard about “Dr. Dino” and from where they had traveled to come. One couple came from the Philippines and one from South Africa! Seriously for this event! How humbling!
 
Dad talked with each group, and then took them in the backyard to demonstrate the launching of a Super Paper Airplane! Wow! Dad was in his element and didn’t miss a beat!
 
Every group filled to capacity except the very last group which had about 25! Wow! Thank you, God! We really didn’t know how many would actually come, and if they would be patient with the heat and wait, and not getting to spend all day with Dr. Dino. But people seemed very gracious. The probation office recommended that we copy an ID for everyone over 16, and have them sign a statement saying they were not a convicted felon, which we did. Sadly, we had to turn some away. One grown man that Dad had led to Christ in prison just cried; but understood when we explained that Dad can’t be with felons until his 3-year probation is over. We are carefully complying with all rules for his supervised release.
 
We were so humbled, and so grateful for the many sacrifices people made to give such encouragement to Dad. Our family was so humbled by your encouraging email notes, generous home-warming gifts, and your presence on Saturday. We know that Dad felt extremely valued and appreciated. 
 
Your patience with the small space, limited time, and the heat were also appreciated by all of us. Your prayers have been felt! Please continue praying as we enter a new chapter of our family’s life, and a new time of ministry for Dad. Right now, he is loving being GRANDPA again!
 
Thank you, again, from all of us.
 
All for HIS glory,
 
Eric and the Hovind Family

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