Jesus may have apostles walking among us. At least judging from the collection Bible knowledge of several young bible quizzing participants, His word is being heard and memorized with expertise.
On Jan. 9, Wesley Bird, a 6th-grader at Carmel Elementary School in Hesperia, scored a double perfect school at a bible quizzing competition at Victorville Green Tree Church of the Nazarene. For the season, Bird only missed one question. Third-grader Madalyn Christman scored her second double perfect while 2nd-grader Mikayla Hunter and 6th-grader Brittany Lembach both achieved their first double perfect scores. Edward Beattie, a 6th-grader, scored a single perfect round.
"This year the quizzers are studying the Old Testament," says Leigh Beattie, a Carmel Elementary teacher who serves as coach of the team, "the books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth."
Beattie has discovered that students learn in many ways.
"We use a variety of methods to learn the Bible. The children each have their own copy of the book of the Bible we are studying."
Perhaps the most effective method, she says, is through music.
"To help with our memory work CD's with each of the memory verses are set to music, so the children who learn well with music can practice singing their memory verses. It is amazing how well the long verses stick when set to music."
Last summer, Edward Beattie, Wesley Bird, Madalyn Christman, Dylan Hernandez — all of Hesperia — and Charlie Blair of Fort Irwin all traveled to Orlando, Fla. to represent the High Desert at the World Quiz. The quizzers competed in a quiz of 40 questions with about 2,000 other quizzers from around the U.S. and the world. Edward Beattie and Dylan Hernandez were the only quizzers fro the Southern California District to qualify for the World Quiz with a "Triple Perfect" score.
Other results: Wesley Bird completed the quiz with a double perfect score, earning the Gold All Star award, Edward Beattie, Madalyn Christman, Charlie Blair and Dylan Hernandez all completed one single perfect round and missed one question each, earn Gold Awards. Miranda Hunter eached the Silver Award. Alyna Kidder, also from Victorville Church of the Nazarene, qualified to attend the event but was unable to make the trip.
"Bible quizzing isn't mostly about competing but really an avenue to motivate and encourage the children to study God's word, build a relationship with Him and hide His word in our hearts," Beattie says.