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The official name for this wonderful event is Local Contest Day, but in my heart it felt like Worship Day. Indeed, it is a day of worship, prayer, and praise. It is a day of bringing glory to God. Yes, someone unobtrusively records points for oral and written test rounds. But the focus is not on the competition. Each child is encouraged to proclaim God's word with joy--whether they know only one verse or all of their verses. The number and the points are not emphasized. The entire day is about God's Word being lifted up to His ears and bringing Him pleasure.
The oral test round can be a source of anxiety, especially if you aren't sure what to expect. Let me share our experience of the oral test round. Our family was led to a private room with a judge and one other Bible Bee volunteer. They warmly welcomed us and explained the procedures. Before starting, they prayed a special individualized blessing over my son who was competing. (Is there anything more heart-warming than someone praying a special blessing over your child? I was deeply touched.) Then, it was time to get down to business. They prompted my son to recite the memory verses that had been provided to us. The only reaction from the Bible Bee volunteers was praise and encouragement. They didn't frown or otherwise indicate disapproval when there was a verse he had not memorized. If he missed any points on the verses he had memorized, we never knew it. It was a very uplifting experience--very much a celebration of what he had learned.
Local Contest Day was a day of fun, fellowship, and joy. If you participate in the Bible Bee's summer program, I hope you are able to attend this wonderful event. It is inspiring to be surrounded by Christian families from different communities, different demographics, different denominations who are all gathered for a common purpose--to bring glory to God and bring up their children to do the same. God's presence was evident throughout the event.
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