Third Consecutive Year, NBC wins ATCU's Bible Boom Championship
On Thursday, October 3, 2013, the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (CIC) hosted the 3rd annual Waylon Johnson Bible Boom finals at the Cayman Academy auditorium in George Town, Grand Cayman. The Bible Boom is an annual event planned by the youth ministries department of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) and is held at all youth levels of the church, including the Adventurers, Pathfinders, Adventist youth, and university students. The objective is to achieve the goal of having 70% of the young people engaged in the study of God’s Word.
In his charge to the participants and the audience, Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), challenged all, especially the youth, to spend time in the study of God’s Word. He cited various studies such as a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news, which indicates that young people spend an average of 7 hours a day surfing the net, checking emails, listening to music, visiting social networks, or just simply playing gadgets. Referencing “Facebook,” one the popular social networks, Pastor Burrows held up the Bible and asserted that “Jesus is the face of the Book.” “This is what the Bible Boom is all about,” he concluded. “It is about allowing our young people to discover Christ as they study the Word of God.”
Following the charge, the youth directors introduced their respective participants: Patrick Brown, North Bahamas Conference (NBC); Alexandria Scott, South Bahamas Conference; and Matthew Gouldbourne, (CIC). The questions were taken from the writings of the apostle Paul, Ephesians - Hebrews.
At the conclusion of the contest, Patrick Brown from the Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in the NBC emerged with the highest score. The ATCU has held three Bible Boom finals since its inception on 2010, and at all three occasions, the NBC has walked away with the top prize.
With the conclusion of ATCU’s finals, Patrick Brown will represent the union at the IAD’s Bible Boom finals in Havana, Cuba during December 6-9, 2013.
The recent Bible Boom finals in the Cayman Islands has generated a level of enthusiasm among the young people of ATCU, as they have already started to prepare for next year’s Bible Boom. The books of study for Bible Boom 2014 are the Minor Prophets, Haggai - Malachi. The union finals will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands during May 2014, and the IAD’s finals will take place during July 2014 at the Division’s Youth Congress in Guatemala City.