15th March 2019
In Mark 9:24, the Bible records the cry of one desperate parent who tearfully uttered the words, “I believe, help thou mine unbelief”. In rather different and yet joyous circumstances, some parents of the Glasgow Pathfinders who were part of the Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) team were left with no choice but to make the same confession.
From a purely human logical point of view, the Glasgow PBE team had no right to make it to the BUC level of the programme, let alone earn a place in the division finals to be held at the Rock Valley College, Rockford Chicago Illinois in the United States. And yet, that’s exactly what happened!! This got some parents being shockingly embarrassed at just how little their faith was. After all, we only need a mustard seed-sized faith, but this proved too big for some.
The PBE is the initiative of the North American Division and is the official North American Division Pathfinder Bible study programme. Each year, teams of pathfinders study a book of the Bible (alternating Old Testament and New Testament), memorizing large portions of God’s word. For 2019, the book of Luke was chosen. There are four levels of competition; Area, Conference, Union, and Division. In April 2019, finalist teams from across the Division will participate in the final level of testing. The finals take place either near the NAD Headquarters (even numbered years) or in various union locations during odd numbered years. The Pathfinders are tested over the assigned study books as well as the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary Introduction to each study book. At each level, the teams scoring 90% or higher than the highest score at their testing site, make 1st place and are invited to go on to the next level.