Haitian Union Wins 2013 IAD Bible Boom Finals

Haitian Union Wins 2013 IAD Bible Boom Finals
Communication Department, ATCU

"Félicitations" (congratulations in French) was the word expressed repeatedly at the conclusion of the 2013 Inter-American Division (IAD) Bible Boom finals as Jempsy Tisma of the Haitian Union was declared the winner.

The Bible Boom competition is the annual youth Bible knowledge challenge of IAD that encourages the study of God's Word. This year, twenty (20) young persons from twenty (20) of the unions within the IAD  took part in the event which was held on December 7, 2013, at the La Vibora Adventist Church in Havana, Cuba.

This is the first time in the 10-year history of the Bible Bowl/ Bible Boom that a young person from a French-speaking union within the IAD has won the event.  Also, with this win by the Haitian Union, it can now be said that within the last three years, a young person from each of the three major language groups in IAD has walked away with the top honours.  In 2011 and 2102, Waylon Johnson from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), an English-speaking union, and Victor Manuel Jaimes of the South Colombia Union, a Spanish-speaking union, received the top honours respectively.  

In this year’s competition, Luis De Jesus Cruz of the South Central American Union and Anavansi Soranio of the Hondurian Union finished second and third respectively.  

Representing the ATCU was Patrick Brown of the Blessed Hope Church in the North Bahamas Conference (NBC).  

In commenting on his participation, Patrick Brown said, "It was a great experience for me, being my first time at this level.  I just want to encourage the young people of my church and our union to continue to study the Bible."   Patrick Brown was accompanied by Pastor Andrew Burrows and Pastor Desmond Sturrup, youth directors for ATCU and NBC respectively.

Elder Hiskia I Missah, associate youth ministries director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was one of the invited guests for the weekend.  In his final charge to the young people, Elder Missah stressed the need to study and apply the Word of God, “When you read the Word of God, you put yourself in the hand of God.  When you put yourself in the hand of God, you have salvation."

At the conclusion of the event, it was announced that next year's Bible Boom finals for the IAD will be held at the IAD Youth Congress in Guatemala City on Sabbath, August 2, 2014.   The books of study for Bible Boom 2014 will be the Minor Prophets, Hosea to Micah.   This year’s study focused on the Pauline epistles of Ephesians to Hebrews.