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VI pathfinders represent 142-strong in St Croix

- @ 2019 Pathfinder Congressoree
Carrot Bay Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinders Club performing basic drills at the 2019 Pathfinder Congressoree in St Croix, US Virgin Islands on May 26, 2019. Photo: NCC
Pathfinders from the Virgin Islands take the stage for a song during Congressore 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands on May 25, 2019. Photo: NCC
Pathfinders from the Virgin Islands take the stage for a song during Congressore 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands on May 25, 2019. Photo: NCC
Pathfinders from the Virgin Islands during Congressore 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands on May 25, 2019. Photo: NCC
Pathfinders from the Virgin Islands during Congressore 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands on May 25, 2019. Photo: NCC
Marching through the streets of Christiansted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands, during Pathfinder Congressoree 2019. Photo: NCC
Marching through the streets of Christiansted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands, during Pathfinder Congressoree 2019. Photo: NCC
US Virgin Islands Senator Honourable Novelle E. Francis, right, paid the pathfinders a visit during Congressoree 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Photo: NCC
US Virgin Islands Senator Honourable Novelle E. Francis, right, paid the pathfinders a visit during Congressoree 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Photo: NCC
Plodding along at Pathfinder Congressoree 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Photo: NCC
Plodding along at Pathfinder Congressoree 2019 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Photo: NCC
CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI- The Virgin Islands (VI) was well represented at the 2019 Pathfinder Congressoree held in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from May 24-26, 2019.

Some 142 pathfinders from the VI made the journey to St Croix where they fellowshipped, competed against and celebrated with pathfinders from that island as well St Thomas and St John.

The Pathfinders, over the three days, were addressed by two Members of the 33rd Legislative Council of the US Virgin Islands- Honourable Javan E. James, who is the youngest serving legislator in the USVI at age 31, and Senator Novelle E. Francis.

The Congressoree is a graduation type event for pathfinders who would have successfully fulfilled their requirements during the Pathfinder Year. At Congressoree, pathfinders are required to demonstrate their development in spirituality, community service, health and science, vocational activities, recreational activities, and other basic life skills.

The successful pathfinder is then invested into his or her class.

The knowledge and skills of the pathfinders are tested through various competitions and activities, with the pathfinders representing their territory, rather than club.

The Virgin Islands won or spaced in most of the events, including Bible Concordance, Bible Search, Concordance Search and various sport activities. The VI was named the best team of Congressoree 2019.

Some of the Highlights are: First place- Bible search and Concordance; Second Place- Bible Connection and Memory Text and Devotion; Third Place in Sanctuary Presentation and Preachers Proclamation.  BVI was also adjudged First Over all for the Sporting activities (Three first places and one Second).  

‘March of Witness’

One of the highlight of the congressoree is the annual “March of Witness.”

More than 400 uniformed bodies, bearing flags and banners and accompanied by three Drum Corps, marched on Sunday May 26, 2019 through the streets of Christiansted in the March of Witness.

Beginning at Juanita Gardine Elementary School the parade walked through the Water Gut community and the streets of the historical town, ending at the St Croix SDA School in Welcome, near the D.C. Canegata Ballpark. The pathfinders were cheered along by persons along the way, many taking videos and pictures of the procession.

The Procession was led by Dr Vincent A. David, Youth Director of the North Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Area Coordinators for Youth Ministry of each island.

“The march does two things. One – it becomes a march of witness to those who view and follow and two….To put them on the march is to keep them focused and, at the same time, to role model what youths are about when they are disciplined,” Dr David explained to a media outledt in St Croix..

“The BVI performed well and there was representation in all areas. They enjoyed themselves and most of all had fun doing it,” said Pathfinder Coordinator for the Virgin Islands, Mrs Delcena Wheatley.

Clubs that represented the VI were Virgin Gorda, East End, Purcell, Belle Vue, Road Town, Sweet Redemptive, and Carrot Bay. Pathfinders are children from ages 10 to 15, who are placed in six respective classes based on their age.

This year's Pathfinder Congressoree theme was 'Pass it on: God restores to save and serve'.

In the Virgin Islands, Pathfinder Congressoree rotates between St Thomas, St Croix, and Tortola. The Virgin Islands last hosted in 2016. There was no Pathfinder Congressoree in 2017 as pathfinders instead participated in the Inter-American Division (IAD) Camporee in Dominican Republic while in 2018 each Territory held their own Congressoree.

The 2020 Pathfinder Congressoree will be held in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

7 Responses to “VI pathfinders represent 142-strong in St Croix”

  • pat (01/06/2019, 11:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let the church say amen
  • jack (01/06/2019, 13:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    coagulations to the BVI churches you did well
  • Citizen (01/06/2019, 14:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I must admit, the Seventh Day Adventist Youths are well active in the Christian related activities. Wish other can take a page from their book.
  • SHAME (01/06/2019, 18:30) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    When are they going to rebuild Road Town SDA? It’s almost three years after the hurricanes
  • Blessed (02/06/2019, 09:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The young people did an awesome job! Let’s continue to encourage and pray for all of the youth of this territory. They are the future leaders.
  • Anonymous (02/06/2019, 12:38) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Big ups to the east end churches


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