Seventeen teams from Lake Region, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan participated in this year's Pathfinder Bible Experience third round testing on the Bible books 1 Kings and Ruth. Photo credit: Jonathan Logan
Yes, this year Pathfinders from all across the NAD who participated in PBE committed the Scriptures of 1 Kings, Ruth, and the SDA Bible Commentary on those books to memory. And what an incredible job they did!
As a pastor, I was delighted to see how eager these young people were to study their Bibles so deeply and commit so many challenging names, phrases, and events to memory. Not only from a conceptual perspective, but quite specifically in detail. In fact, during the Conference-Level Meet, Elder Titus Naftanaila, President of the Wisconsin Conference, jokingly encouraged the Pathfinders by saying, “Don’t worry if you don’t get all the answers right, if I had to take this test of 90 questions to do my job, I’d be fired.” I totally concur…and empathize with Elder Titus.
On Sabbath, March 19, I had the privilege of accompanying a group of our Pathfinders from the Green Bay Church to Stevensville, Michigan, for the Union-level meet. The church was full of Pathfinders from Illinois, Indiana, Lake Region, Michigan, and Wisconsin conferences. The 17 teams were all studied up on their respective portions of the Scriptures/Commentaries and their ability to recite what they’d committed to memory was remarkable.
Truly ,”Pathfinder Bible Experience” is just that, an experience that will be cherished for a lifetime. Not only do these young people get to commit God’s Word to their memories, they are building community and friendship with their peers.
Lake Union Club Ministries Coordinator Craig Harris helped organize the program and he remarked, "I'm very proud to be part of this worldwide organization called Pathfinders. Each Pathfinder pledges to be pure, kind, and true through Christ. With Christ in them - they serve both Christ and mankind with a steadfast heart."
The following are the teams and placements for the Lake Union PBE. Those finishing in first place (marked with an asterisk) are invited to participate in the North American Division level PBE in Eugene, Oregon on April 22-23.
Cory Herthel pastors in Wisconsin Conference.