The first ever national Bible Bee was first rate–and the second national Bible Bee was, well, second-to-none!
As Daniel said last year, the most important thing to remember during a competition is God’s sovereignty and the value of the relationships He gives us with others who love His Word. This year we were grateful to God for the opportunity to return to the Bible Bee, follow up on wonderful relationships from last year and forge new ones as we converged in Chicago at the Marriott Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center. Because this was located thirty minutes from where Robert, James and Daniel work and because Daniel had been invited back as a guest speaker, all ten of us made special arrangements to be there.
We volunteered to assist with registration, judging, greeting, and escorting the contestants to their testing rooms. It was a joy to serve with some of the IBLP staff who had also volunteered to help with these duties. In addition to IBLP there is broadening support for the Bible Bee among such organizations as Awanas, ICR and Tyndale House.
Throughout the weekend our appreciation of God’s Word was heightened by the commitment we saw in the lives of the contestants and the families that supported them. I remember that from the very first elimination in the finals the audience would give an extended standing ovation to every single student as they finished. Praise God for such a gathering of people! We were greatly encouraged. Until next year’s Bible Bee, may the Lord continue to bless each of us with love for Him and a daily commitment to His living, lasting Word.