Help Our Kickstarter Campaign to Create “God’s Underwater World” Online Video Course

“I feel closer to God underwater than anywhere else on Earth”

I first heard this expression 35 years ago from my mother just as we completed our Open Water Diver course. When I became a scuba instructor, I heard this again and again from students who were overwhelmed by the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. So what is it about the underwater world that makes people feel closer to God?

Scripture tells us to “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a NKJV). When we go into the underwater world, especially when scuba diving or snorkeling, we partake in an intimate exploration of God’s creation. The natural world (creation) is a wonderful testimony for the existence of God. And, God can be glorified by our rejoicing in His creation. As C. S. Lewis writes in his Reflections on the Psalms, “The world rings with praise – lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game.” Also, Jonathan Edwards writes in his book The Works of Jonathan Edwards, “God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.” When we behold firsthand the splendor of God’s aquatic creation, we must give God the glory and praise He is so worthy of receiving.

“God’s Underwater World: Why We Feel Closer to God Underwater” is an online video course that explains, both Biblically and scientifically, the unmistakable beauty, symmetry, order and design of the underwater world that are the Fingerprints of God – our Creator. There are two versions of this course – a Standard Edition and a Homeschool Edition. Both will have chapters featuring amazing and thought provoking subjects including:

  • With Which the Water Teams
  • Corals
  • Shells
  • Fish & Mammals
  • Science & God? Yes!
  • Symbiotic Relationships
  • What We Learn From Fossils
  • How Old Are Coral Reefs?
  • Environmental Stewardship

It was put on my heart in 2008 to create a ministry that shared a mission of seeing the underwater world as the handiwork of God. That local ministry has taken hundreds of people snorkeling and diving here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but now it is time to share this mission with the entire world of divers, snorkelers, and ocean enthusiasts. This online video course will open hearts and minds to God.

“O LORD, how manifold are Your works! 
In wisdom You have made them all.
 The earth is full of Your possessions
. This great and wide sea,
 In which are innumerable teeming things,
 Living things both small and great.” Psalm 104:24-25

Please prayerfully consider contributing to this project and its mission.

Blessings,

Tec Clark

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE NOW!

CONTRIBUTORS

The assembly of contributors is a line-up of Biblical scholars and marine biologists who have each been blessed with expertise that glorifies God in their areas of proficiency. These contributors are:

Robert Carter Ph.D.
Tom DeRosa M.S.
Christa Jewett M.S.
John Richert Ph.D.
Sherri Seligson M.S.
Frank Sherwin M.S.

FOOTAGE

Stunning underwater footage from Emmy Award winning videographer Frazier Nivens will be used throughout the course. His material is from all over the world and has breathtaking examples of God’s underwater creatures. Many still photos will be from award winning underwater photographer Tim Grollimund.

HOMESCHOOL EDITION

The “God’s Underwater World: Why We Feel Closer to God Underwater” Homeschool Edition is created to complement homeschool curriculum for middle school students and higher. The Homeschool Edition has graded quizzes at the end of each chapter. It also comes with downloadable worksheets for the student, as well as a Facilitator’s Guide for parent educators.

PLEDGE REWARDS

Any amount given is a blessing! As pledge amounts increase, so do the rewards. Each level includes the rewards from previous levels. Pledges are not tax-deductible. We start at the $1 with a prayer of thanks for your contribution. At the $10 pledge you will get your name in the credits, as well as a prayer of thanks.

God’s Underwater World Standard Edition

God’s Underwater World STANDARD EDITION: At the $15 pledge you will receive first access to the “God’s Underwater World: Why We Feel Closer to God Underwater” Standard Edition at 25% off regular price ($19.95). Also, your name in the credits and a prayer of thanks.

God’s Underwater World Homeschool Edition

God’s Underwater World HOMESCHOOL EDITION: At the $23 pledge you will receive first access to the “God’s Underwater World: Why We Feel Closer to God Underwater” Homeschool Edition at 25% off regular price ($29.95). Also, your name in the credits and a prayer of thanks.

The Diver’s Devotional Audio Book

Video Course Plus The Diver’s Devotional Audio Book: At the $50 pledge you will receive The Diver’s Devotional audio version. This book contains 40 devotions that tie in diving related themes with scripture. Written by Pastor Paul Hudson and Cory Imboden, both passionate divers, they bring great examples of scriptural context into diving activities. A great devotional for Christian scuba divers. Also, you will receive first access to your choice of either God’s Underwater World Standard Edition or Homeschool Edition, your name in the credits and a prayer of thanks.

Marine Life eBook Series (12 eBooks)

Video Course, Audio Book & eBook Series: At the $150 pledge you will receive the Marine Life eBook Series by underwater photographer Tim Grollimund. These twelve ebooks feature stunning photography as well as outstanding information on each featured subject. Also, you will receive The Diver’s Devotional Audio Book, first access to your choice of either God’s Underwater World Standard Edition or Homeschool Edition, your name in the credits and a prayer of thanks.

Tom & Paula Vail diving with Tec Clark

Diving or Snorkeling with Tec Clark: At the $500 pledge you will get to explore God’s underwater world with Tec Clark on either a scuba trip (up to 4 divers) or on a snorkeling trip (up to 6 snorkelers) on the reefs off of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (transportation to Ft. Lauderdale and accommodations are not included). These are worshipful experiences as Tec not only leads the in-water activities, but gives a meaningful presentation on God’s Underwater World prior to the experience. Also, you will receive the Marine Life eBook Series, The Diver’s Devotional Audio Book, first access to your choice of either God’s Underwater World Standard Edition or Homeschool Edition, your name in the credits and a prayer of thanks.

Be Listed as a Co-Producer

Be a Co-Producer: At the $1,000 pledge you will be CO-PRODUCER. You will be listed as Co-Producer of the God’s Underwater World video course! The Co-Producer title is given to those who have financially committed generously to the highest pledge level of this project. Plus, get a two-tank charter scuba dive trip with Tec Clark. Also, you will receive the Marine Life eBook Series, The Diver’s Devotional Audio Book, first access to your choice of either God’s Underwater World Standard Edition or Homeschool Edition, your name in the credits as a Co-Producer, and a prayer of thanks.

ACCOUNTING

The need for funding is related to production costs. Reef Ministries has secured hours of underwater footage and associated photography. However, to give a professional presentation style, teaching footage is required in a studio. Here is a breakdown of costs:

Studio Rental $1,100
Lighting $450
Camera 1 & Cameraman $750
Teleprompter & Monitors Setup $100
Graphics $175
Music $199
Kickstarter Estimated Fees $396

Total Project: $3,170

Editing and local interviews will be conducted in-house.

STRETCH GOALS

If this project is funded more than the requested amount we have plans for that blessing! We will use additional funds towards the following: Studio backdrop, camera 2 & cameraman at the studio, on-location interviews of as many of the out of state contributors as we can afford, and finally to enhance editing personnel so the course will be live sooner.

PLEASE PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER MAKING A PLEDGE TO THIS PROJECT.  CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE NOW

Profile On Stewardship: Bill and Ellie Vandervelden

Bill and Ellie Vandervelden met at a Bible study, but it was not until ten years later they went on their first date. He loved scuba diving and she loved ballroom dancing – but their love for Jesus surmounted every difference. For their first Christmas together Bill gave Ellie scuba lessons and Ellie gave Bill ballroom dancing lessons. From that time on, they have pursued both hobbies with great passion.

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Oil and Water

At the time of this writing, the largest oil spill in U.S. history is still not under control. For 56 days after British Petroleum’s (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil platform was destroyed by fire, an estimated 1.7 million gallons of oil per day are pluming up from the well some 5,000 feet deep. The ecologic and economic impact of this event is unknown. The emotional toll has Gulf coast residents, many who rely upon fishing and tourism for their livelihoods, in fear and anger over the negative impact to their lives. And, let us not forget the families of 11 workers who lost their lives during the Deepwater Horizon fire.

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The Third Diver


Imagine yourself on a scuba dive to 120 feet. The conditions are good and the dive site is beautiful. It’s really a great dive. That is until you draw in a tight breath of air! You look at your pressure gauge and see the needle measuring under 100 psi of air remaining in your tank. You quickly realize that you failed to monitor your air supply often and now you’re in immediate need of air.

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“I Feel Closer to God Underwater Than Anywhere Else on Earth”

By Tec Clark

I first heard this expression 28 years ago, from my mother, just as we completed our Open Water Diver course. When I became a scuba instructor, I heard this again and again from students who were overwhelmed by the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. So what is it about the underwater world that makes people feel closer to God?

Key Largo

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The Great Rescue

 

Last week I taught another Rescue Diver class. My background as a sheriff’s department dive team member, a national scuba training agency director, and a forensic dive accident investigator serve me well in teaching a very robust Rescue Diver course. During the class orientation I ask students why they want to become rescue certified. The most prominent response is, “to know how to help others in diving emergencies”. However, it is interesting to see students’ responses to the very first lesson of why most diving accidents occur: poor judgment. As we unpack scenario after scenario, poor judgment on behalf of the injured diver becomes obvious. Sometimes my students’ passion for helping others becomes tainted knowing that the accidents could have been prevented if the injured divers had used common sense or followed the rules.

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No Going Solo


The diving industry has a common safety practice called “the buddy system”.  Since the human body is not designed to be underwater for prolonged periods of time divers must employ procedures, calculations, and equipment to aid in their underwater exploration.  And if something fails in those procedures, calculations, or equipment divers are exposed to a higher than normal risk of injury or death.  That is where the buddy system is effective as dive buddies can assist each other in monitoring their dives and help out in times of need.  However, there is another type of diving that ignores the safety principles of having a dive buddy and relies on oneself  – solo diving.

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The Flaw of Science

Christian, what do you believe? Evolutionary Science or Scripture?
By Tec Clark

We are inundated with “research” and “data” of the physical sciences. Simply peruse the television to see countless programs documenting nature, and you will inevitably get evolutionary doctrine mentioned in every episode. “Millions of years”, “evolution”, “Darwin” all seem to be requisite words flowing freely from the mouths of the narrators. But hold on. When scientists produce data from the physical evidence (rocks, galaxies, coral, primates, etc.) they automatically look at the evidence with a particular “worldview lens” already in place: either uniformitarian or biblical. If a scientist does not believe in God or scripture, then the origins of life, the accounts of earth creation, and accounts of a global flood are all simply fictional stories and cannot be used in the interpretation of the evidence. This leads to fundamentally flawed data since interpretation and analysis never even get a chance to consider the possibilities of a Sovereign God.

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Shark Week Woes

One of the most frequently asked questions about Reef Ministries’ trips is, “What about sharks?”  This seemingly benign question is loaded with apprehension as most people only encounter sharks through their television.  Take for instance the annual occurrence of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.  Every year producers attempt to create programs that are increasingly dramatic from the year before.  Stories of naval seamen being eaten, surfers losing limbs, and actual footage of shark bites on humans evoke sheer terror in most people watching.  Combine that with a large amount of evolutionary dogma added in and you have an overly inaccurate portrayal of one of the most important animals in God’s underwater world.

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The Great Fish


What was the fish that swallowed Jonah?

The Bible book of Jonah has often been called “the story of Jonah and the whale” and gives the account of Jonah, a prophet of God, who disobeyed God’s command to preach to the people of Nineveh.  But extraordinary aspects of the story have led some to question whether it is a historical account, or simply a parable.  At the heart of this controversy is the seemingly impossible report of Jonah being swallowed by a “great fish” and living inside it for three days, only to be spewed out unto the shore alive.  Is this a fish or a whale?  Can a man live inside either for three days and nights?

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