Samoya Samms of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Glendevon, is the new Bible Connect Champion for West Jamaica Conference. She emerged first-place winner in the quiz competition on Sabbath evening, September 14, 2019, at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre, Montego Bay.
Samms is among four other individuals who are now qualified to represent the Conference at the Jamaica Union Finals on Sabbath, September 28, 2019.
“I feel shocked and confused, but it is God,” said Shamoya, as she reflected on the journey to victory. “I prayed a lot, studied and prepared. There were times when I felt like giving up,” she added. However, thanks to the motivation of her family members, she kept pushing toward her goal. The experience for Samoya, has brought about a greater level of appreciation for the reading of the Bible.
“It has helped me to know my history because these books (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther) are historical,” she said. “I didn’t know most of these things, I didn’t know it was important, but by reading it now, it feels good to know where we are coming from and what happened,” added Samoya.
According to the second-place winner, Andre Francis, “I feel happy and blessed, because entering the competition I spoke to God and asked Him to give me the victory, if it is His will and that I would go to the Union [finals], and He did,” noted the member from the Walespond Church. “The competition has helped me spiritually and has taught me more about God’s word. I really enjoy studying and that’s why I have been entering the competition for the past three years,” continued Francis.
In this year's version of the competition, participants were tasked with studying the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and Patriarchs and Prophets, chapters 48-53, written by Ellen G. White. The runners-up are also grateful for the experience, despite not coming out on top.
“This competition is not just about coming out on top or being on top, it is about reading your Bible and knowing more about God,” said Yanique Brown from the Grange Hill Church, Westmoreland. “I give God thanks for what He has done,” Yanique exclaimed. She also congratulated the champion and committed to doing her best at the next level of competition.
“I gained a lot of knowledge because I wasn’t a Bible-reading person, but this competition has helped me learn a lot more about the Scriptures,” explained Gamar Moodie, from McQuarrie Church, Hanover. “It also helps me to help share with others,” added the McQuarrie member. He also sought to encourage other young people to get into the habit of studying the Bible and he also used the exercise to share a point on how to approach success. According to the Mcquarrie member, the success in the Bible study competition “comes with dedication and hard work, and it is not just for the quiz or church. It is to create a time-frame for studying the Bible, because it helps and pushes you spiritually” he emphasized.
The Bible Connect competition is an annual event that is organized by the Jamaica Union’s Ministerial Department, to encourage a greater interest in the study of the Bible by the Church’s youth.
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