Before the competition my mom, their council time teacher, gave a devotion to the team about David and Goliath and facing fear in the power of the Lord.
Hope told me later that she was shaking throughout the entire paddle quiz. She said that she kept telling herself, "Relax," but couldn't get a breath! Sydney also said she was very nervous up there and at the end of the ten paddle questions I saw her take a very deep breath and finally her tenseness melted away. We proudly watched them get all ten questions correct!
Bible Quizzing questions are taken from their Awana book and cover any of the verses, definitions, or Bible readings that are in the first two-thirds of the book. The multiple choice questions are sometimes tricky. Some gave a portion of a verse and asked for a reference. Others gave a reference and asked what the verse had to say. Others asked what a Bible reading passage was about, giving only the reference.
After the paddle quiz portion they were off to take a ten question written test. We didn't get to see this part and had no idea how they scored.
When their team wasn't called up for fourth, third, or second place we figured that they missed out on the team awards, but were surprised that quite the contrary--their team took first place in the Book Two division.
As the awards were called for High Honors in the written test, both Hope and Sydney were called up to be awarded for a perfect score. Since they also received High Honors in the paddle quiz, they were given "Quiz Champion" ribbons along with nine other kids (Hope and Sydney are in the front row, third and fourth from the left).
We're so proud of their achievement, but more importantly, we are glad for what it represents: hiding God's word in their heart and worshiping Him by competing. The night before as I prayed over each of them, we talked about loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Studying to compete in Bible Quizzing is a way for them to worship and love God with their minds. No matter what their performance would be, I told them they would honor God in competing.
Thank you to their verse leader, Miss Marcia, for taking all these great pictures.