Bible Bee Nationals Update

Thank-you so so much to all of you who have commented, texted, and emailed to let us know that you are praying for Michael's family, and also for us, during this time. We appreciate it more than we can ever say.

This afternoon, Mitchell, Allison, Carson, & I flew down to Orlando Florida to join our family for final competition rounds of the weekend. For years we have wanted to do this but it has just never worked out with schedules and such before, for all of us to be here. God orchestrated everything so perfectly for this wkend (everything from way cheap plane tickets to a short, direct flight...it was such a blessing) Especially as it has been a very difficult week already, just realizing how short life is and in light of all that, just really wanting to be back with all our family again.

It is bittersweet to be here. The Bible Bee is a time of excitement, rejoicing, and fun. And to be experiencing all that with our cousin's recent death is difficult. We do rejoice for our siblings and how hard they have worked, but its just difficult as we are also grieving. But as Allison told me the other day, "Chelsy, you know Michael was always the life of the party. I can just hear him saying "Come on guys, celebrate at that Bible Bee! Have a great time! After all, I'm celebrating at the biggest, grandest celebration of ALL TIME anyway, so don't be grieving about me"!" 
I had to smile, even amidst the grief, because that is so true, that is so how Michael always was.

So we are here, grieving the loss of a beloved cousin and yet rejoicing that he is with Jesus.

And we also rejoice with Joshua, Denver, Taylor, Elizabeth, & Hudson, who have worked so hard and are qualifiers at this 2014 National Bible Bee competition.

Today they had their first oral round and also their written tests. The four of us oldest flew in tonight just in time to attend the evening announcement ceremony. It was the first time our entire family has been at nationals. Just in these few short hours, it has already been such a blessing to see all of these young people working so hard to memorize God's Word, and hide it in their hearts. The spirit of God is just so present. People have come up to us and let us know they saw the blog post about Michael and are praying for us. One lady came up and told my mom she is praying for her-she had no idea about Michael but another lady had told her that she saw my mom crying during the oral rounds this morning and so she just felt impressed to be praying for her. It is so wonderful to be together at an event with so many people of God.

The announcement ceremony was full of stirring music and lots of anticipation building up to the actual announcements of the top fifteen semi-finalists in each division. We are excited to announce that Joshua, Denver, Taylor, & Hudson are semi-finalists and will be advancing to the next round tomorrow! All four boys also qualified as eligible future participants in the new Bible Bee Game Show.

(Just a little rundown for those of you who are not familiar with how the Nationals work: from the thousands of 7-18yr olds who participated in the summer Bible Bee, the top 120 from each category advanced to Nationals. Here at Nationals, there are about 70-110 of those 120 in each division that have come to compete. Today was the first round---based on their oral and written test combined scores, the top fifteen from each category are going on to compete in the second round (semi finals round) tomorrow. Then, the top 5 who win from each category tomorrow will go onto the finals round. The competition for today is unbelievably tight!

If you would like to watch the boys competing in the semi final rounds tomorrow, please visit here to signup for the FREE webcast!! (once you click on the link and are redirected to the webcast page, be sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom of the webcast page. The webcast is free this year, so all you will need to do is enter your name and email address and the webcast will pop up!)
The Primary Round (Hudson) will be competing at 9am EST
The Junior Round (Denver & Taylor) will be competing at 12:30pm EST
The Senior Round (Joshua) will be competing at 3:30pm EST

{posted by chelsy}


  1. Congradulations Joshua, Tayler, Denver, and Hudson! I pray ya all do great 2morrow! God is so good, he works stuff out. Glad the older ones could fly down!
    In Christ,

  2. Great news!! We will be praying for Joshua, Denver, Taylor, and Hudson today!!!

  3. YAY!!!! hudson was first to be called up

  4. Congratulations to ALL of your siblings in the Bible Bee! I have been praying for them as they have studied over the past few months, and am so happy for them all! We just finished watching the Primary Oral Round and are going to be watching the others! Praying for them all! And congratulations to Joshua, Denver, Taylor and Hudson on making it to semifinals! We will be praying for them as we watch!
    May God be glorified!

    In Christ,

    Morgan Roth, a fellow Bible Bee competitor :)

  5. Praying for the guys that they do good in the next round and sending prayers to your family on the loss of your cousin.

  6. I'm sorry. i missed the end of the junior finals. could you tell me if denver and hudson made it?

  7. Carson and Jaden were watching this afternoon. They were cheering each time they would say it correctly. =) Praying for you and your family.
    Anna Schrock

  8. You all did incredible! We have been watching the semi-finals and the finals from Kansas, and have been so blessed by each of your recitations. Excellent job!! What a blessing to see young people who have diligently put their minds to a goal such as this. The Lord will reward your efforts abundantly!


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