May 29th, 2009 at 9:32 am
The Bible Drill finals were May 15-16, after being moved because of the swine flu outbreak that caused the University Interscholastic League to cancel events, said BGCT Discipleship Specialist Dickie Dunn. Only one student was unable to attend because of the change in date.
“When they shut everything down for two weeks, that’s a big deal,” Dunn said.
The youth were separated into three divisions: junior high drillers, senior high drillers and senior high speakers. Dunn said these drills helped the youth find systematic ways to memorize Scripture. The speakers had to memorize what they said, and Dunn said this helped them learn Baptist doctrine and public speaking.
“They can apply it to their lives and tell other people,” Dunn said.
Out of the 81 students that competed, 39 made a perfect score, which is 300 or higher. Students learn key passages and how to identify verses. Ellen Battles, who has been working with Bible Drills for 30 years, said the difficulty level grew as the students got older.
“They not only memorize it, they have to find it,” Battles said.
She said Scripture can help the students get through difficult times in their everyday life. There has been some decline in number of drill participants, but Battles said students are very busy with other activities. She urged churches and parents to support children and youth.
“It’s a very serious commitment for everyone involved,” Battles said. “These kids are our future leaders of our church.”
Battles recognized all the time, effort and money churches and parents put forth to help teach these children, and she said it was well worth it.
“It’s one of the best ministries,” Battles said. “It’s not just a program.”
The finals also served as another outlet to tell people about Texas Hope 2010, Dunn said. They hung banners up at the Bible Drill locations and asked students and people attending to sign them if they wanted to be involved with statewide effort.
“It’s good to tie them in,” Dunn said. “It’s going full circle.”
Winners from the finals:
Junior High: First Place: Desiree Magnus from West Maine Baptist in Alice; Second Place: Tie: Kelly Woytkewicz and Mason Whitley from West Maine Baptist in Alice
Senior High: First Place Tie: John LaGesse from West Maine Baptist in Alice and Branson Thompson from Garland in Mount Hebron
Speakers: First Place: Kyle Rainey from Cornerstone in Cleveland; Second Place: Jamie Lorenz from Prestonwood in Plano