Kimesha Chambers of Central Jamaica Conference was crowned Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) Bible Connection 2019 champion. She emerged as champion from a knowledgeable group of ten vibrant youth, two from each of the five Conferences from across the Union, on Sabbath, October 26.
This year’s finals focused on the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and chapters 45-53 of Patriarchs and Prophets. In addition to knowledge/accuracy, the participants were assessed for speed and accuracy with each participant answering individually via the computerized quiz.
Speaking at the finals held at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Pastor Dane Fletcher, Youth Ministries Director JAMU said, “The Bible Connection is not just to test knowledge and get to be a Union Champion. It is to help all young people to be champions. The ultimate prize is an experience out of this world -to live and reign with Christ.”
Chambers, who is a graduate of NCU, and a member of the Dover Adventist Church will go on to represent the JAMU in Curaçao at the IAD finals on November 23. She will match wits with the other 23 Union participants across the IAD.
She currently serves her local church as the Sabbath School Superintendent, as well as Assistant Adventurers Director of the Antares Pathfinder Club. She notes that her journey to success was far from easy.
“Preparing for this quiz is not just about memorizing questions or answers, but it’s about understanding the scriptures and the various stories found in the books given,” explained Chambers. “The various lessons highlighted in each book studied motivated me to apply these lessons learnt to my life, and to continue to rely on God for help and strength, knowing that when you stand up for God, He will stand up for you”.
She (Chambers), also had a word for other young people. “I would encourage all Adventist youth to get on board, because this is a means by which we can develop the habit of reading our Bibles more, while fellowshipping with other young people”.
All participants received special awards for excellence in Bible knowledge. The top three champions each received a 10” Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
The participants in the JAMU finals were:
- Central Jamaica Conference – Krystal Gayle and Kimesha Chambers
- East Jamaica Conference – Nordia Sutherland and Jo-Anna Bogle
- North Jamaica Conference – Shanique Davidson and Dedrian Jackson
- North East Jamaica Conference – Kimani Roache and Shanna-kay Williams
- West Jamaica Conference – Samoya Samms and Andre Francis
Bible Connection is an initiative of the Inter-American Division (IAD) of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists geared towards engaging young people in the study of the Word, and personal transformation.