By Henry R. Moncur III | ACTU Communication
Youth and young adults of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will assemble during the latter part of September for the Bible Connection experience. In a world where there are so many distractions that pull youth and young adults out of the church, Bible Connection is an experience that stands strong in the fight against the allure of that pull.
Originally called Bible Boom, Bible Connection is the official Inter-American Division (IAD) Youth Ministries Department’s Bible study program. It is a ministry aimed at acquainting people of all ages with the Word of God in a fun, interactive, and in-depth way. It also provides a competitive outlet in a wholesome Christian environment.
Each year, Pathfinder and Adventurer club members study a book of the Bible and chapters from a book written by Ellen White. This year, participants studied the Biblical book of Judges and Patriarchs and Prophets.
There are three levels of competition – conference, union, and division. The participants are tested over the assigned study books at each level. The individual scoring the highest at a given level advances to the next level.
According to Pastor Terry Tanis, ATCU Youth Ministries director, “Bible Connection helps in the wholistic development of our youth and young adults. It empowers them to know the Word of God as they consistently read large portions of Scripture; allows them to experience a relationship with Jesus Christ; connects them with other youth throughout the region; strengthens their test-taking skills that can be applied to other areas in life; and offers scholarships to Seventh-day Adventist tertiary institutions.”
ATCU will hold the Bible Connection finals at the union level on September 30, 2023, at the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church, Soldier Road, Nassau, Bahamas at 6:00 P.M. (Nassau time). At these finals, each of the four conferences in ATCU will be represented by its conference champion. The four participants will answer multiple-choice questions on Judges and Patriarchs and Prophets in front of an online audience. The winner will represent ATCU at the 2023 IAD Bible Connection finals that will take place on November 25, 2023, in Bogota, Colombia.
The final event will be broadcast at www.youtube.con/ @ATCUnion.