It is so hard to believe that Nationals are finally here. These last two months have been full of study, prep, + diligent hard work for our five youngest. We are thankful for their commitment to the Word. The Bible Bee is a completely optional activity in our household, but one that has been such a delight + blessing that there’s never really discussion from year to year about who is doing it, because once you’re “in”, the thought of quitting apparently is somewhat strange and foreign. =)
We have a fun upcoming post with many pictures from the study process, and will be posting that soon, but for now I wanted to take a minute to ask for y’alls prayers for the upcoming competition. Not prayer that our five would place well, but prayer that God would be glorified in the entire event and that people would be pointed to CHRIST through everything that happens. Not only are there hundreds and hundreds of people in attendance at the actual competition, but thousands from around the world tune in over the weekend to watch the livestream. Our prayer is that the gospel would go forth from each of these young people + from the moderators!
On a side note, we are all beyond thrilled about finally being completely reunited after six weeks! Josh flew out early Monday morning to head down here. He is working as assistant staff for the competition this year so he needed to come down early for that. The five youngest, my parents, myself, and a few others, left late Monday night in the bus to drive down. Allison is coming in today to join us, from Mexico. And Mitchell + Carson will be flying in tomorrow night. The plan is that everyone arrives safely + on time in order to lead worship at the opening ceremonies Thursday night. There’s a lot going on! But we are super excited to be completely reunited for what is very possibly our ultimate favorite event of the year.
We haven’t all been together since the beginning of October so it’s going to be pretty grand. =)
So for the livestream details…you can watch the livestream for FREE by clicking this link here.
Below is the schedule of the different competitions to be livestreamed. You can tune in for a portion or all of the livestream. We’ve had many friends who’ve watched this the past few years and everyone has loved it thus far. It is a fabulous event, centered around the WORD, and put together in a very professional + top quality presentation. It is fascinating to watch!
FYI, the Friday QUALIFIER AWARDS event is when the top fifteen (semi finalists) from each level will be announced.
Thursday, November 17th. 7:30pm OPENING CEREMONY
Friday, November 18th. 8:00am QUALIFIER AWARDS
Friday, November 18th. 11:00am. JUNIOR SEMI FINALS
Friday, November 18th. 2:30pm. PRIMARY SEMI FINALS
Friday, November 18th. 6:00pm. SENIOR SEMI FINALS
Saturday, November 19th. 8:00am. JUNIOR FINALS
Saturday, November 19th. 11:00am. PRIMARY FINALS
Saturday, November 19th. 2:00pm. SENIOR FINALS
Saturday, November 19th. 6:45pm. AWARDS CELEBRATION
Please join us in prayer for God to receive the glory! If you are unable to watch the livestream, stay tuned here on our blog for updates to come!