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By Gene Clapp, NAD

The auditorium of the General Conference Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland was filled with a different type of Bible scholar on Sabbath, April 21, 2012.   Twenty-four teams of seven Pathfinders, ages 10-15, from across the North American Division (NAD) demonstrated their Bible study skills by participating in the first ever official NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE). The program is often affectionately called “Bible Bowl.” 
The Pathfinder participants represented six of the nine North American Division Unions.  Each team qualified for this level by participating in three prior levels of testing, Area/District, Conference, and Union, and making first place at each level.  The teams were asked 90 questions based on this year’s study books, 1st Samuel and Mark, and the SDA Bible Commentary introductions to each of these books.  Only the first place teams from each level move on to the next level.  First place is identified as achieving 90 percent or better of the highest score earned at each testing site.  Pathfinders will spend, on average, six to ten hours per week in intensive memorization, personal tutoring, questions, practical applications such as worship talks, club or church skits, and further study review.  At this year’s PBE, eleven teams made first place, eight teams made second place, and five teams made third place. 
We are looking forward to the 2012-2013 Pathfinder Year when the study books will be Acts and 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.  The Division testing site will be in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 20, 2013.
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