Pathfinder Bible Experience: 29 Teams Went to Nationals
BURLESON, TEX. – We are excited to share with you what God has been doing in the Pathfinder Ministries. Many of you may have heard of the Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE). If you have never heard of this event, let me share with you that the activity involves Pathfinder clubs being given a book or books of the Bible to study as well as memorize, and then as teams, they have a test of their knowledge of the book or books that have been assigned. This year the book was the book of John.
What an exciting gospel of Jesus Christ given to us by John, which talks about the everlasting life in John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is excellent news.
I’m excited to share with you that on April 1, 2023, the Southwestern Union Young Adult and Youth Ministries Department hosted the Pathfinder Bible Experience at Southwestern Adventist University. Thirty-two teams attended, hoping to advance to the National level. Out of the 32 teams, 29 teams did advance to the National Pathfinder Bible Experience. We are also excited to share that this time every conference in the Southwestern Union had at least one team advance to the Nationals, which is a historical moment. Twenty-nine teams traveled to Tampa, Fla., on April 21-22, 2023, to participate.
The Nationals PBE hosted 155 teams, 151 teams in person and four teams remotely. Teams flew from Korea, London, Canada and traveled from all over America. The Southwestern Union’s 29 teams made up almost 20 percent of the total teams. Our representation shows that the Southwestern Union is excited that we have youth studying the Word of God and preparing for heaven. Out of our 29 teams, 26 teams placed first and three teams placed second. Each conference in our union had at least one team receive first place at the National level.
To all Pathfinders, if you studied and came up short on advancing to the next level, or even if you didn’t do as well as you thought you could have, don’t stop studying the Word of God. Pathfinders, if you made it to the National level and received first place, do not stop studying the Word of God. Remember only what you do for Christ will last!
We, the Southwestern Union administrators and entire office staff, are very proud of all of you. Keep up the good work, keep studying and preparing for Jesus Christ’s second coming!
By Helvis C. Moody
Youth and Young Adult Ministries Director