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At the end of an eventful Sabbath in April, volunteers and organizers were busy cleaning up, drawing conclusions, and looking forward to next year. The Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) had just finished at Prescott High School in Prescott, Arizona, and people were already buzzing about next year’s event, scheduled to be held in Michigan.
|On April 30, Pathfinder teams get ready for Pathfinder Bible Experience testing at the 2016 event in Arizona.
Photo by Al Carrillo
Each year for the past several years attendance has surged at PBE to include many North American Division (NAD) and international teams. More than 600 Pathfinders participated this year, with 95 teams representing the nine unions of the NAD and five teams representing the British Union.
In order to get to the Arizona “Bible bowl,” Pathfinders, coaches, and families had to successfully complete conference and union level testing in the two months before the NAD PBE.
This year’s testing was done on the book of Exodus, and the deep details of certain chapters proved to be a challenge for the Pathfinders. But many Pathfinders rose to the challenge and memorized entire chapters of Exodus.
Step Up, Step Out
Pastor Armando Miranda Jr., NAD associate youth director for club ministries, spoke Friday night on the need for Pathfinders to step up and step out of their comfort zone and do something with all the Scripture they had memorized and studied. A challenge was issued for them to go back to their churches and lead in Bible studies on the book they were going to be tested on. They were encouraged to find ways to conduct a seminar, or even preach on the Bible book they were studying. Some leaders came forward at the end and expressed their commitment to making this a reality.
One of the most inspiring moments during the weekend occurred when Pathfinders from all across NAD gathered in one place on Sabbath, wearing the same uniform with the same insignias representing Pathfinders. It was also thrilling to see different patches showcasing the variety from unions and conferences. The British Union brought their own flare with their uniform, but they were united through the Pathfinder insignias!
|Pastor Armando Miranda Jr. engages Pathfinders on during the Friday evening worship service at the 2016 PBE event.
Photo by Al Carrillo
Nuts and Bolts, and Social Media
The PBE was live streamed, using social media tools to make sure that parents and church friends could stay connected to the event. The medium used was Facebook Live video. According to the statistics and insights provided, the video reached more than 19,000 people for the first part of the PBE testing, and more than 12,000 for the second half.
The amount of people connected to the event through social media helped Pathfinder ministry reach around the world. People from South Africa, the British Isles, Canada, and South America were asking about the event while it was transmitting live.
This event was sponsored and coordinated through the NAD Youth department and its NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience Coordinator, Gene Clapp. Many volunteers put in hours of effort to get the location ready for the event. Pastor Manny Cruz, Arizona Conference Youth director, and his team of volunteers, plus leaders and volunteers from around the division, made sure that the Pathfinders had what they needed for the event.
As the Pathfinder Bible Experience continues to grow, your prayers are needed so that what these Pathfinders learn through the memorization and study of the Bible may reach their local churches and energize them as they strive to learn more and connect more with the Word of God.
For information on club placement, visit www.pathfindersonline.org; or follow the NAD Pathfinder ministry Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SDApathfindersNAD.
—Article submitted by the Youth Ministries Department of the North American Division, with reporting from Armando Miranda, Jr.