It has been a few years since the world has heard much about the 2008 discovery made near the top of Mt Ararat in Eastern Turkey by Kurdish native Ahmet Ertugrul (our Parasut) and announced to the world in April, 2010 by Hong Kong-based Noah’s Ark Ministries International (NAMI). Those who recall this announcement may also remember that it was immediately engulfed in controversy stemming from charges (based on anonymous sources) that the discovery was but a fabricated plant. Investigating those charges is how Philip Williams, President of the New Beginnings Foundation and author of The Archaeological Evidence of Noah’s Flood, became involved in this discovery. As a result of his investigation, Williams became its leading US defender, recruiting scientists to study and Americans to help sponsor this work as part of a comprehensive cultural-heritage project known as the Mount Ararat Peace (MAP) Project.
Though Dutch archaeologist Jeroen Rensen has completed a preliminary scientific survey (see above onsite video), a thorough, multi-disciplinary, and most expensive investigation lies ahead. Sheila Bishop of The Foundation for Biblical Archaeology has recently joined our team to administer the site’s archaeological investigation. Following her advice, our aim had been to withhold news about the site until a more complete scientific investigation involving archaeological and scientific teams from the United States and extensive review from the archaeological community could be completed.
Humanitarian emergency changes our plans!
That plan has been interrupted due to an emergency among the Kurdish peoples of Iraq whose homes have been taken and lives threatened by the advancing ISIS army. As part of our Mount Ararat Peace Project, our partner in Turkey acquired land in the Mt. Ararat region suitable for permanent homes for at least 200 Yazidi and Christian families fleeing the advancing ISIS troops. These refugees speak the same language and have the same pastoral lifestyle as the natives of Mt. Ararat region. While many of these people can continue their traditional occupations in the area, we are expecting new construction and service jobs from our forthcoming from MAP Project in immediate proximity to their settlement. Parasut, the Turkish leader of our Mount Ararat Peace Project, is also founder and leader of the DAKUT rescue organization formed to rescue climbers on Mt Ararat, since expanded to assist and relocate families from earthquakes, avalanches, and floods that beset the region. His plan is to obtain converted shipping containers to provide temporary housing and prepare 12 months of emergency provisions, also providing basic and occupational schooling for these refugees until they obtain permanent employment.
As our website’s name suggests, our original plans were to use this portal to obtain your involvement, support, and promotion of the archaeological investigation of the Mount Ararat Discovery. The archaeological teams who are eager to study this discovery need that support, but more urgent at the moment are the humanitarian needs of the Kurdish refugees fleeing the advancing ISIS armies. We trust that all those interested in our archaeological investigation will agree that our priority should be assisting these refugees threaten either by impending genocide or abject longterm poverty. We will keep you updated on the resettlement of the refugees, but we will also be letting you know about the history of the discovery on Mount Ararat, our plans for the scientific investigation of the site, how many of these refugees find work on this project, and just what they are doing.
We must move rapidly on this humanitarian project because winter comes early upon this high mountainous land.
If you are able and willing to do so, please assist with a generous donation. We recognize that many in the United States are also suffering hardship and are unable to donate to this emergency. But just as important are your heart and prayers for these people as your keyboard fingers and telephones spread the word that ordinary Americans now have a way to assist a sound plan for rescuing the lives of those fleeing ISIS.
Consider that this refugee crisis is linked to the discovery of a divine rescue that in ages past may have brought our own ancestors to this same mountain. We ask that you carefully and prayerfully consider this request.