STAFF, Baptist Message
STATEWIDE – “What’s Next?” That was the theme of this year’s Bible Drill retreat Jan. 21-22 at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center.
More than 230 students and their leaders participated, down a bit from last year’s record 240-plus, though the number of churches increased, said Louisiana’s Bible Drill Coordinator Linda Aguillard of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in the Baton Rouge area.
The theme referred to life, not just Bible Drill, though Bible Drill prepares students for life, Aguillard said.
“They study for a full year on that year’s scriptures, and years later they can still say the verse; it’s embedded,” Aguillard said with a hearty laugh. “We’re seeing so many of our students going into Christian service. … This is a leadership-development program, beyond a doubt.”
Peter Baehr, previously a Bible Driller in New Orleans, went on to become a screenwriter. Harrison Fredericks, a current Bible Driller at First Slidell, is the star of Baehr’s The Little Red Plane, shown at the Friday night session.
The evening also included Joshua Spinks, youth minister at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, leading in teaching self-defense using tae kwon do, and tying the self-defense to scripture verses the Bible Drillers will be learning this year.
Spinks also was “camp pastor” for the retreat. David Crain for the fifth year led in worship.
The FAITH Riders Christian motorcycle group came roaring up – in disguise – Saturday afternoon, confiscating Bibles and telling the students they were living in a time when they could no longer have Bibles.
At the request of their leaders, the students one after another began reciting the verses they already knew, Aguillard said. “The purpose of this was to show the need to be prepared with scripture in our mind and heart, for the day we may not be able to have our Bibles anymore.”
Another highlight of the Bible Drill annual retreat: Rebekah Unsworth, the 2010 Bible Drill National Speakers Tournament winner, addressed the retreat with her award-winning speech: Words: Tools of Construction or Destruction.
As an outreach activity, the Bible Drillers provided the money for 180 Bibles for Smiles Delivery Foundation, a Baton Rouge area ministry that gives compact large print Bibles upon request to children who are seriously ill.
“I prayed for 25; LifeWay suggested 50,” Aguillard said. “This was an opportunity for our Bible Drillers to give back, and they did.”
All this, and yet the main emphasis at the Bible Drill retreat was, as usual, to practice the scriptures the students are studying this year.