Saturday, April 26, 2008

State Bible Drill

This weekend was the State Bible Drill Competition. Drillers came from all over our state. Some even drove through the night to get here. We are blessed because we didn't have to travel far. Every bible driller did an excellent job.

This is G.I. Joe's second year competing in Bible Drill. The last time he competed, he was in 5th grade. He is now in the 8th grade. Which means he got to compete in the Youth Bible Drill. Click here to see what they had to memorize. I have to be totally honest. There is no way, I could of memorized all they had to memorize . Out of all the youths in our church, my G.I. Joe was the only one that advanced to finals. The two young men who competed in the High School Drill, also made it to the finals. One of our Children drillers had a perfect score. We are all so very proud of them.

I have to confess here... I only helped him practice his drill 2 or 3 times. He practiced at home on his own. But every Wednesday he met with the other drillers from our church and practiced for one hour. The two ladies in charge were there faithfully every Wednesday to help them out. They only had 8 seconds to look up the scriptures. They had 5 different drills. The scoring sheet is here. All the youth drillers from our church had worked so hard that they had worked hard to drill in 5 seconds.

The best part of all this is, that they will all have these scriptures hidden in their hearts for a lifetime. They will be able to call upon God's Word at any time. How awesome is that!!!

This is our church bible drillers. The young men wearing black shirts are the High School Bible Drillers. The group wearing pink are the Youth (middle schoolers) Bible Drillers. The ones wearing light blue shirts are our Children Bible Drillers. My G.I. Joe has his arms crossed. He's the one on the far left. We only had two young ladies competing this year. One was in the youth and one was in the children's bible drill. We sure hope that more participants join next year.

Here we were waiting to be told where each group had to go. There were many participants. Many also went to cheer on the participants. If was truly a joyous occasion. If the drillers were nervous, they didn't show it. Everyone was smiling and laughing. OH, two of our drillers did have a belly ache when we all met at our church. But by the time we got to where they were holding the drill, they were feeling fine. I won't tell who it was, but I can say that it wasn't my G.I. Joe.

G.I. Joe made it to the finals. He did so well. He answered every time he was called. I'm so proud of him.

After the drills were done, we all hopped on the bus and headed home. The church treated the drillers to lunch. We stopped at an Italian restaurant close to home. The food was great, but the fellowship was even better. What a great bunch of drillers. I know that they will forever be blessed for having learned the scriptures they've learned. Well done, good and faithful servants.

1 comment:

oneblessedmamma said...

Yea! I'm glad he did so well. Hiding God's word in your heart will always be rewarded :-).
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