By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016
This traveling exhibit brings Oklahoma a chance to learn a little bit of ancient history through a living museum. Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Palestine, where over two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. Each element in the tabernacle had deep significant meaning to the Hebrew people, and this tour brings each symbol to life. Through guided tours, you are able to see the plan of the salvation and bring it to life with the visual aid of the sanctuary furniture.
Messiah’s Mansion was started by a pastor and church in San Diego, California to be used for a youth weekend. The youth were so drawn to the visuals of the Sanctuary that it impressed the pastor to take the model on the road to cities up and down the west coast. Later, he went to the Washington Mall and other east coast cities. The pastor retired, leaving the Sanctuary replica stored away until Clayton Leinneweber, one of the founders of Messiah’s Mansion, brought it to Oklahoma Academy, a Christian high school located in Harrah, Oklahoma. Using high school students, and later along with college students, he took it on the road. At first, the Sanctuary toured primarily in Oklahoma and Kansas and later branched to fill requests from across the U.S., as well as overseas. Messiah’s Mansion has visited all over the United States, including Hawaii, Canada, Ghana, Africa, Honduras, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Guatemala. Appealing to all ages, even children and youth are fascinated to see a life-size visual representation of the Mosaic Sanctuary. History literally comes to life before your eyes.
Messiah’s Mansion’s President, Clayton Leinneweber, and his wife Carolyn have dedicated their time and efforts to develop and manage the exhibit, including arranging tours that extend worldwide. He teaches the tour guides and coordinates when and where the exhibit will be set up. The Board is comprised of dedicated young people who helped to get the Messiah’s Mansion project started during their junior and senior years of high school. All of whom are actively involved with setting up and presenting tours. The staff also includes college students from around the country, as well as numerous volunteers who share the passion for the Sanctuary message.
Come and experience this amazing free exhibit May 14th through 22nd, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Claremore Seventh-day Adventist Church. Groups are encouraged to call for special reservations.
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