This year’s annual SCC Pathfinder Convocation was a cause for celebration. The Bible says that God rejoices when one of His beloved children makes the choice to accept His sacrifice and be baptized. This year, the convocation was held at White Memorial church and, as in recent years, was filled beyond capacity. The Pathfinder orchestra was a highlight for many, because they don’t perform every year at the convocation. Musicians from Pathfinder clubs throughout the conference joined together to form the group.
Armando Miranda, NAD Youth Ministries director for Club Ministries, shared a message about overcoming fear — reminding attendees that if the Lord is with them, they don’t have anything to fear. When the students started coming forward to answer the call, the number was so great that there weren’t enough cards.
Elihu and Abbigale McMahon, Temple City Knights Pathfinder Club co-directors, recalled the experience. “It was a spiritually uplifting day,” Abbigale said. “This convocation was extremely special for the TC Club, because Ana (from the Rangers Class) responded to the altar call, and then our entire Friend’s Class in attendance (six out of eight kids) responded, as well.”
“Our whole focus is baptism and decisions for Christ,” noted Pastor Bob Wong, SCC Youth Ministries director. SCC Pathfinder clubs are encouraged to hold regular baptismal classes, and the conference offers seminars to support them. This annual convocation is the climax of these year-round efforts.
“Elihu and I felt so blessed to see some of our Pathfinders respond to the call for baptism,” Abbigale recalled. “Our primary goal is to help our Pathfinders get closer to Christ. The guest speaker invited all of the leaders to stand with their Pathfinders and lay their hands on the Pathfinders for a special prayer. It was such a beautiful moment and truly the work of the Holy Spirit.”