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Two Columbia Union Teams Shine at NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience

Story by Pamela Scheib and Tanisha Greenidge
Published 4/30/12

Potomac Conference’s Beltsville Broncos accept their first-place certificate for the first North American Division Pathfinder Bible Experience.

Twenty-four teams representing six unions and 13 conferences—including seven teams from the Columbia Union—participated in the first North American Division (NAD) Pathfinder Bible Experience, held at the General Conference building in Silver Spring, Md., on April 21.

After answering 90 questions about the biblical books of I Samuel and Mark, 11 teams placed first, two of which were from the Columbia Union: Potomac Conference’s Beltsville Broncos blue team and Allegheny East Conference’s Liberty Light Bearers

“It’s exciting,” exclaimed Monica Melbourne, a director of the Liberty Light Bearers. “We are proud to represent for the Allegheny East Conference. This is the first time that the kids have participated in a bible bowl. They worked so hard to be here.”

Other Columbia Union Pathfinder groups included Ohio Conference’s Hungarian Heroes; Chesapeake Conference’s  Hagerstown Explorers team 1, Frederick Firefoxes team 1 and Triadelphia Sparks.  “Our club started with three groups and came here with one group,” said ViAnn Johhson, a staff member with the Hagerstown Explorers. “The competition is great and more than anything else, these young people have something that they will take with them for the rest of their lives; and their lives will be changed because of their studies.”

Although her club didn't make it to the division level, Kiana Hogu, a 10-year-old Allegheney East Conference’s Hillside Thunderbirds Pathfinder, came to show support. As a runner, she helped to pick up answer sheets and deliver them to the judges’ table. Hogu hopes to participate in the competition next year.

The Pathfinders will study Acts and I and II Thessalonians for next year’s challenge.