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Northwest Pathfinders Revel in Bible Knowledge

Pathfinders from around the Northwest gathered for the annual union-level Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) testing on March 9, 2019. This year's gathering — held at the Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland, Ore., and hosted by the Oregon Conference youth department — included 14 teams.

The event tested the Pathfinders' knowledge of Luke's gospel along with the corresponding section of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary.

Of the 14 teams, 10 placed first, one placed second and three placed third. The 10 first-place teams received the option to advance to the North American Division final level, held April 26–27 at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.

About PBE

Pathfinder Bible Experience is the official Pathfinder Bible study program of the North American Division, affectionately referred to as the Bible Bowl.

At the start of each Pathfinder year, which typically coincides with the start of the school year, clubs are encouraged to form into teams of six Pathfinders to study a book of the Bible and its Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary introduction.

The teams then participate in four levels of testing in the winter and spring. These include the local, conference, union and, finally, division levels. The testing involves 90 questions in which teams scoring 90 percent or higher at each testing level receive first place and are invited to go on to the next level.

The goal of the program is to encourage young people to dig deeply and experience the Word of God for themselves.

NPUC Placements

Idaho Conference

  • Boise Ponderosa, Boise Ponderosa Pathfinders — Third Place
  • Nampa Zephyrs, Nampa Zephyrs Pathfinders — Third Place

Montana Conference

  • Fishes, Glacier Chasers Pathfinders — Second Place
  • Loaves, Glacier Chasers Pathfinders — Third Place

Oregon Conference

  • Great Physician Assistants, Pleasant Valley Pathfinders — First Place
  • Tax Collectors, Pleasant Valley Pathfinders — First Place
  • Theophilites, Pleasant Valley Pathfinders — First Place

Upper Columbia Conference

  • Deer Park Mountaineers, Deer Park Mountaineers Pathfinders — First Place
  • Goldendale Pioneers, Goldendale Pioneers Pathfinders — First Place
  • Hayden Lake Ponderosa, Hayden Lake Ponderosa Pathfinders — First Place
  • Walla Walla Sunrise, Walla Walla Sunrise Pathfinders — First Place

Washington Conference

  • Cascade Eagles, Cascade Eagles Pathfinders — First Place
  • Mustard Seeds, Sojourners Pathfinders — First Place
  • Pentateuch, Sojourners Pathfinders — First Place

Featured in: May/June 2019