More than 20 individual and group competitors participated in the national Talents For Christ competition Thursday, June 26, at Starkey Road Baptist Church, Seminole, Fla. The competition is held each year in conjunction with the GARBC Conference, this year located in St. Petersburg, Fla. Students competed in numerous categories, including music, art, Bible knowledge, and public speaking.

Nicholas Guess, a senior who attends Olivet Baptist Church, Westwood, Kan., plays the violin and competed in the strings category. When asked how he has been preparing for the competition, his answer was short and simple: “Practice every day.” Nicholas plays in his school’s symphony orchestra, as well as his church’s orchestra. He plans to attend Bible college after graduation.

Hannah Frederick, also a senior, is a member of First Baptist Church, Niles, Ohio. She was competing in the Public Speaking category. “I wrote my speech in January, revising it until it sounded just right,” she says. “I must have said it 12 times today.” Hannah is undecided about her plans after high school, but her heart is set on missions.

Jennifer Brown, one of the judges for the Female Public Speaking category, was impressed with how well the students did. “It was clear they took the competition seriously. It is such an encouragement to see these young adults so committed to what they are doing.”

The Talents For Christ competition challenges students who are active in GARBC churches to develop their God-given talents for ministry within their churches and to honor those who demonstrate exceptional preparation and skill.