Friends, it has been a few years since I have updated you on the Mount Ararat Discovery, even longer since the larger world has heard much about this 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). You recall how the announcement was immediately engulfed in controversy stemming from charges (based on anonymous sources!) that the discovery was but a fabricated plant. You also recall that investigating those charges is how I became involved with this discovery and then became its leading US defender. Since I last updated you, I have taken leadership of the scientific phase of this discovery, recruiting scientists to study and Americans to help sponsor their work as part of a comprehensive cultural-heritage endeavor that I have called the Mount Ararat Peace (MAP) Project.
As he explains in the above video, Dutch archaeologist Jeroen Rensen has completed a preliminary scientific survey. A thorough, multi-disciplinary, and most expensive investigation lies ahead. Sheila Bishop of The Foundation for Biblical Archaeology has joined with me to administer the site’s archaeological investigation. Following her advice, my aim has been to withhold news about the site until a more complete scientific investigation involving archaeological and scientific teams from Turkey and the United States with extensive review from the archaeological community could be completed.
Humanitarian emergency changes our plan!
Our plan has been interrupted due to an emergency among the Kurdish peoples of Iraq whose homes, as you have seen on the news, have been taken and lives threatened by the advancing ISIS army. You may also know from these news reports that many of these refugees are stuck in the mountains with no homes to return to nor even a warm place to survive the winter. But even if they survive in refugee camps, they have no jobs, no schools, no future.
At least for some of these refugees, we have a solution to give them a permanent homes, jobs, and a bright future. As part of the Mount Ararat Peace Project, my partner in Turkey acquired land in the Mt. Ararat region suitable for permanent homes for at least 200 Yazidi and Christian families. Those refugees fleeing the ISIS armies speak the same language and have the same pastoral lifestyle as the natives of the Mt. Ararat region. While many of these people can continue their traditional occupations here, we are expecting new construction and service jobs from our forthcoming from our MAP Project in immediate proximity to their settlement. Parasut 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 my website’s name suggests, my original plan was 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 is a beacon of hope for the Kurdish refugees fleeing the advancing ISIS armies. I trust that all or you interested in archaeological investigation will agree that our priority should be helping these refugees. I will keep you updated on our plans and actions for the resettlement of some of these refugees. As I update you on that, I will also be letting you know about the history of the discovery on Mount Ararat, our plans for the scientific investigation of the site, the history of the peoples in this region, how many of these refugees find work on this project, and just what they are doing.
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 very mountain to obtain a new beginning.