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15 Teams Vie for First-Place at Union Pathfinder Bible Experience

Story by Pam Scheib; Photos by Mark O’Ffill
Published 3/19/2013

Team captains from each participating team proudly displays their completion certificates.

“I was so impressed to see all these young people in the sanctuary, spending time in God’s Word on a Sabbath and having a great time,” commented Darrell Milam, director for the Sligo Challengers Pathfinder Club based in Takoma Park, Md. He was referring to last weekend’s Columbia Union Pathfinder Bible Experience, where 15 teams, representing 12 clubs from six conferences, vied for first-place and a chance to qualify for a division-level event.
For this year’s competition, hosted by the Pennsylvania Conference, the teams converged at the Harrisburg (Pa.) church. Pathfinders who could make it to Sabbath School got a chance to start the weekend trying to earn three honors: African-American Adventist Heritage, Lighthouses and Moths and Butterflies.
Pastor Leandro Robinson (pictured below), Pennsylvania Conference’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries director, presented the Sabbath sermon. He spoke about young Samuel and encouraged Pathfinders to listen for God’s calling in their lives.
For the evening Bible Experience challenge, participants were asked 90 questions that tested their knowledge of the books of Acts and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Scoring is based on the club with the highest score. All clubs that come within 90 percent of that score are given first place and are eligible to compete in the division level competition that will be held in Lincoln, Neb., April 20. 
Here are the 15 participating teams:

  • Allegheny East—Community Englewood Falcons and Liberty Light Bearers 
  • Chesapeake—Hagerstown Explorers and Triadelphia Sparks
  • New Jersey—Englewood Angeles de Israel, Maranatha Valle Du Bonheur and Piscataway Eagles
  • Ohio—Westlake Witnesses
  • Pennsylvania—Wyoming Valley Falcons
  • Potomac—Beltsville Broncos, Patterson Avenue Redeemers and Sligo Challengers

The following six teams earned first place: Beltsville Broncos—Blue Team, Beltsville Broncos—Purple Team, Liberty Light Bearers—Team 1, Liberty Light Bearers—Team 2, Triadelphia Sparks and Westlake Witnesses.
“I found it amazing that four of our first-place teams came from two clubs,” noted Sherilyn O’Ffill, Potomac’s associate youth director.



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