Pathfinders across NCC and the wider CARU celebrate World Pathfinder Day
06 Oct 2019 | NCC Staff/Royston Philbert
Pathfinders in the North Caribbean Conference (NCC) joined their counterparts around the world to celebrate World Pathfinder Day on Sabbath, September 21, 2019, under the theme, Created with Purpose.
The Youth Director of the Conference, Dr. Vincent A. David, had a profound message for Pathfinders, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose. You are not important because of how long you live; you are important because of how effectively you live. You are not an accident. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose. You were created by God and for God, and until you understand it, your life will be meaningless.”
The NCC Pathfinder Clubs sought to expand on the theme by engaging both Pathfinders and Adventurers in active service. “It’s the day many of them have been waiting for,” said Kenneth Serrant, Pathfinder Director of the Philipsburg Church on St. Maarten, as he addressed the congregation on Sabbath morning. Pathfinder Day usually involves chronicling the year’s dynamic club activities and includes an opportunity to recognize and reward staff and members for their invaluable contribution to the club.
Church programs were organized by Pathfinders who directed during the Sabbath School and Divine Service. The services were well-coordinated and on St. Croix, Pathfinders and Adventurers delivered inspiring messages. At the Peter’s Rest Church, on St. Croix, Pathfinder Day was the culmination of a one-week crusade hosted by the Pathfinders, which resulted in three baptisms. The church’s pastor, Pastor Earl Daniel commended the club, “A fitting end to a wonderful week by the Pathfinders.”
In deference to its Adventurer Club which prepares youth for the rigors of pathfindering, the St. Croix Pathfinders gave their full support to the annual Adventurer of the Year Award Ceremony. Each Adventurer Club selected an Adventurer who was celebrated for excellence and one of these celebrants emerged as the Adventurer of the Year. This year, Brent Benjamin received the award.
The Adventurer Area Coordinator, Curtis Fleming, shared, “I hope that the club directors and staff will be creative and make the award meaningful to the recipient. The goal of the club is to help each child experience new activities and learn ideas in an interesting and fun way. Affirm each child, remembering that there is more than one right way. Encourage each child to do his or her best. We do not need to be perfect. God is not finished with us yet.”
On the heels of World Pathfinder Day came another youth-empowering initiative which was labeled, Scarf Challenge Day, and celebrated around the NCC. Dr. David explained, “At the 2019 International Pathfinder Congressoree held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, we gained world acclaim for having the world’s largest scarf. It’s in the Guinness Book of Records. In celebration of that achievement Pathfinders around the NCC were asked to wear the Class A uniform scarf on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.” Permission was sought of and granted by government agencies, schools and business entities for Pathfinders and leaders to proudly wear their scarves.
As recorded in the SDA archives, the world’s largest “neckerchief and woggle” measured 300 feet from tip to tip and 150 feet from center to back tip. The scarf portion was created by the Texas Pathfinders and weighed approximately 800 pounds. It was designed by the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The shield for the slide measured about 10 feet and weighed about 500 pounds. More than 100 volunteers unrolled and held the scarf for seamstresses to stitch the final seams that amounted to 800 pounds of fabric.
The Pathfinder ministry is the youth arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church which imparts valuable lessons and prepares young people for service to God and humanity. The ministry welcomes youth from the church and the community. Club meetings are filled with action, adventure, challenge and group activities – the meetings provide opportunities for personal growth, developing team spirit and acquiring a sense of loyalty and respect for God.