An Unforgettable “Experience”

An Unforgettable “Experience”

What do Zadok the Priest, Nathan the Prophet, King David, his sons Adonijah and Solomon, Bathsheba, and Ruth all have in common?  The 2022 Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) …that’s what!  Yes, this year Pathfinders from all across the NAD who participated in PBE committed the Scriptures of 1 Kings, Ruth, and the SDA Bible Commentary on those books to memory. And what an incredible job they did!

As a pastor, I was delighted to see how eager these young people were to study their Bibles so deeply and commit so many challenging names, phrases, and events to memory. Not only from a conceptual perspective, but quite specifically in detail. In fact, during the Conference-Level Meet, Elder Titus Naftanaila, President of the Wisconsin Conference, jokingly encouraged the Pathfinders by saying, “Don’t worry if you don’t get all the answers right, if I had to take this test of 90 questions to do my job, I’d be fired.”  I totally concur…and empathize with Elder Titus.

Just recently (Sabbath, March 16th), I had the privilege of accompanying a group of our Pathfinders from the Green Bay Church to Stevensville, Michigan, for the Union-Level Meet. The church was full of Pathfinders from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Again, the kids were all studied up on their respective portions of the Scriptures/Commentaries and again, their ability to recite what they’d committed to memory was remarkable.

Truly ,”Pathfinder Bible Experience” is just that, an experience that will be cherished for a lifetime. Not only do these young people get to commit God’s Word to their memories, they are building community and friendship with their peers.

I will be forever grateful for the blessing Pathfinders is for my sons. If you are a young person or the parent of a young person that would be interested in joining, talk to your church’s club leader or pastor. You too can have these “experiences” which will stay with you until Jesus comes!

Pastor Cory J. Herthel, Green Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church