BY BETH PRATT
A-J RELIGION EDITOR
ith his snowy white hair and beard, Charles
Valentine looks the part of Uncle Noah.
But it was not his looks that the artist/ advertising man had in
mind when he chose Noah as the character for his multimedia Bible
story programs available free on the Internet.
"The answer is simple — which Bible character do you know of most
identified with animals?" Valentine asked. That's right, Noah, who
|the animals into the
ark, two by two, saving them from the flood. For years, Valentine
went to county fairs and drew cartoon
pictures of animals as free
Today, with the help of Gene Mathis, who attends to the technical
side of what has become a creative presence on the Internet,
Valentine's ministry has become worldwide, animal cartoon characters
"Over half of our response is from adults, many asking how
|to use our program in
Bible class," he said. "We have no clue as to how many people are
using it. We have had 43 million page hits from at least 170
countries since the program began in 2001, We stopped counting, but
there are only 225 countries in the world."
In March, he had inquiries from 37 predominantly Muslim countries.
"We don't call it children's ministry anymore (because) we are
getting so much response," Valentine said. "We're calling it a
Valentine attributes the success of the Web site to two factors:
"It's free, and it is just
|Bible. There's not
another on the Web like ours."
He also admits to being politically incorrect about such things as
Darwin's Evolution Theory and the issue of homosexuality.
"We call it compassionately controversial," Valentine said.
Animation is a big part of what draws people to the stories, which
are textual studies of Scripture.
His vision is to provide graphic presentations of every major Bible
character and theme with corresponding animation, puzzles, games,
SEE NOAH, PAGE B2
by Uncle Noah
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