Nearly 400 Pathfinders, parents and staff converged at College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Feb. 16 for the Mid-America Union Pathfinder Bible Experience. Following the conference level PBE events in January, first place teams comprising no more than six Pathfinders and one alternate traveled from across the Mid-America Union to participate in this one-day event.
Pathfinder Bible Experience is a unique opportunity that aims to foster spiritual growth, leadership and an unquenchable thirst for God. This year each team studied the book of Luke and memorized large portions of God’s Word.
Both the Mid-America Union and the North American Division are seeing growth in the number of teams participating in PBE. This year our union had teams representing each of our six conferences, which is a first for MAUC according to event coordinator Lonny Nelson.
“It is indeed a blessing to see this level of dedication of our parents and staff who set aside countless hours to help their Pathfinders study and prepare for PBE,” Nelson said. “These are dedicated adults who take to heart the words of Prov. 22:6: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.’”
Nelson, who also serves as Pathfinder coordinator for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference, added that it was heartwarming to witness these Pathfinders who willingly take on extra hours of studying to learn God’s Word. “These Pathfinders are doing something incredible. They are preparing to be leaders, confident in who they are in Christ. We should be proud of all of the Pathfinders who take on Pathfinder Bible Experience,” said Nelson.
As the day concluded, Nelson expressed appreciation to the many volunteers who contribute to this annual event. “This experience would not be possible without the support and volunteerism of each Pathfinder director, PBE coach, staff and all the extra hands that are required to plan and implement this event,” Nelson said. “We would also like to thank all the pastors who support this much-needed ministry in our union and our hosting site College View Church for warmly welcoming all our Pathfinders for this event.”
Nearly half of the teams from Mid-America will be advancing (17 teams) to participate in the division level PBE on April 27 in Rockford, Illinois.
The Bible books for study for 2020 are Ezra and Nehemiah.