What if the young people could spend time reading the Bible and having fun with it? Pathfinder clubs from Guam have been studying the books of Ruth and 1st Kings, along with the corresponding SDA Bible Commentary Introductions, since October of last year. It was quite the challenge for most of them – learning the details of these two books of the Bible. The goal was to prepare them for the Pathfinder Bible Experience.
The Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) is like a Bible Bowl program for Pathfinders, where each club forms a team to represent them at the challenge. The Pathfinder Bible Experience was created by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, to help Pathfinders and young people develop a deeper understanding of scripture while also developing team work.
There are currently six Pathfinder clubs in the Guam-Micronesia Mission. Out of the six Pathfinder clubs, four participated in the Pathfinder Bible Experience, which was held in Guam on March 5, 2022. This was the first time that Guam-Micronesia Mission has participated in this event and we are eager to see this continue for years to come.
Before the actual event, the teams participated in three practice rounds over the last four months. Each one proved more challenging than the other. The participants all had fun and enjoyed learning how the official Pathfinder Bible Experience would work. Each team worked really hard, even though it was only practice.
On March 5, four clubs from Guam – Agat Church, Happy Family Church, Korean Church, Northern Church – gathered at the Agana Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church for the Pathfinder Bible Experience. Everyone had worked so hard in preparation. Now they were excited that the day had finally arrived.
The event started off with an opening ceremony, followed by instructions given from GMM PBE Coordinator Dustin Evans. Then testing began. Every team was focused and ready for the challenge. The test consists of ninety questions, with a ten-minute intermission halfway through the questions. After testing concluded there was a song service led by the Agat-Santa Rita Waves Pathfinder Club, followed by a devotional. Finally came the results. The moment everyone had waited for: Who would get to move up to the next level?
The following are the list of teams and their final placement: Dededo Korean Koko Club received first place, Northern Pathfinder Club received second place, and Dededo Happy Family Kingfishers and Agat-Santa Rita Pathfinder Clubs received third place. Dededo Korean Koko Club’s placement earns them a seat to represent the Guam-Micronesia Mission at the North American Division level of PBE on April 23.
We are hoping next year to have Pathfinder clubs on other GMM islands join in this experience. Next year’s book of study will be the book of John. If any island that has a Pathfinder club would like to participate, please feel free to contact the GMM office. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for the Pathfinder and Youth Ministries.