The invitation to the missions gathering for teen girls was extended at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14 in Phoenix.
Blume, formerly known as the National Acteens Convention, is sponsored every four or five years by Woman's Missionary Union.
Wanda S. Lee, national WMU's executive director, and WMU President Debby Akerman, were joined by five of WMU's six National Acteen Panelists in issuing the invitation to Blume's July 12-16 sessions in Orlando, Fla.
On stage were Kianni Curry and Cassie Taylor of University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.; Julia Jones of Westview Baptist Church in Shiloh, Ill.; Ashten Metcalf of Lihue Baptist Church in Lihue, Hawaii; and Andrea Niles of Fifth Street Baptist Church in Key West, Fla.
Akerman asked each Acteen panelist to summarize her experience at Blume in 2007 in Kansas City in one word. Their responses were: "impactful," "extraordinary," "exhilarating," "inspiring" and "fulfilling."
National Acteen Panelists, Akerman said, are "an elite group of young women who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Jesus and to missions through their involvement in Acteens, their church, their community and their education.
"They represent the finest among today's young women."
The National Acteen Panelists will help lead during Blume in Orlando. Acteens is the Southern Baptist missions organization for girls in grades 7-12 sponsored by WMU, but Blume is not limited to those involved in Acteens; it is open to all teen girls.
"Thousands of girls will gather from across the nation for worship, Bible study, missions learning and hands-on missions involvement," Lee said. "We hope you will bring your girls and join us."
Registration is still open and information is available at www.blumeforgirls.com.
Lee also reported that WMU's national officers were unanimously re-elected during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Phoenix June 13: Akerman of Myrtle Beach, S.C., to a second term as national president and Rosalie Hunt of Guntersville, Ala., to a third term as national recording secretary.
Julie Walters is the corporate communications team leader for WMU.
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