November 8, 2019 | Miami, Florida United States | Libna Stevens/IAD

Regional Bible Connection competitions have now finished across Inter-America’s major church territories, setting the stage for the finals later this month in Curaçao. The 24 young finalists will go head-to-head to test their knowledge of the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther in front of a live audience. The event will be shown live on the internet on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

The event becomes the 16th annual territory-wide competition initiative in which thousands of young people throughout the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Inter-American Division have dug deep into the assigned bible books in an effort to enrich their spiritual life and promote a lifelong habit of studying the Scriptures, church leaders said.

“Studying the Bible needs to be the most important habit for a young person,” said Pastor Al Powell, youth ministries director for the church in Inter-America, and main organizer of the event.  “It grounds them in faith and provides the guidance for young people to face their many challenges and helps develop a relationship with Christ.”

Thousands of young people finished off regional competitions from the church, district, conference/mission and union levels by September and October, said Powell. In addition, thousands of children completed church and district bible competitions in their respective Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs where they live.

“We are excited to have young people travel to Curaçao, meet each other and testify of their experience in clinging to God’s Word so far this year,” said Powell. “Studying the Bible is also an opportunity for young people to understand their call to service, to commit their lives to God and be used in a mighty way.”

This year’s finalists per union include:

Atlantic Caribbean Union: Torie Knowles

Belize Union: Noelle Copoe

Caribbean Union: Xabina Hamilton

Central Mexican Union: Jessica Lupercio

Chiapas Mexican Union: Verónica Solis Sánchez

Cuba Union: Hector Zaldívar Cabrera

Dominican Union: Altagracia Avelino Frias

Dutch Caribbean Union: Jean Maurice Faneyte

East Venezuela Union: Jesus Zamora

El Salvador Union: Edith Meza López

French Antilles Guiana Union: Jemina Priscille Louis

Guatemala Union: Hilda López

Haitian Union: Mackenson Codio

Honduras Union: Belkis Gómez García

Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union: Tonny Martinez Gregorio

Jamaica Union: Kamesha Chambers

North Colombia Union: Gleidis Polo Marimón

North Mexican Union: Rosa Higuera Morales

Panama Union: Moisés Puerta Cueto

Puerto Rico: Johany Pérez Colón

South Central American Union: Emmanuel Aguirre Páez

South Colombia Union: Fabian Yamith Tovar

South Mexican Union: Stephanie Dionisio González

West Venezuela Union: Ricardo Zamora

To watch Inter-America’s Bible Connection finale competition on Nov. 23, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Miami Time, visit us at webcast.interamerica.org

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