An Unexpected Ark

 An evangelical church in Mexico built their own rendition of Noah's Ark using the exact dimensions recorded in the Bible as a way to get the attention of nonbelievers in their city.

Iglesia Palabra de Vida in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico repurposed a timeworn building for the project that had been sitting alongside a busy city street for 13 years. It took volunteers of the 130-member congregation 21 days and nights to complete.

"We wanted to remodel the old building, and one day we went outside and saw the facade and we discovered that it was similar to the shape of Noah's Ark and that's how the idea was born," Pastor Israel García Pérez said, according to Norte Digital.

At times, Perez said the ark's completion seemed unlikely since it was funded by the church's own members as the project progressed. However, two architects and a few others who attend Palabra de Vida helped bring the pastor's vision to life.