Teen girls challenged to missional living at Blume
    August 29 2011 by Julie Walters, Woman’s Missionary Union

    Approximately 2,350 girls in grades 7 – 12 and their leaders, along with some collegiate young women, gathered for Blume where they were encouraged to appreciate their spiritual and missions heritage and consider ways they could share Christ with others and live a legacy of faith  ... even now in their junior high, high school and college years.

    Blume, a three-day missions event for teen girls sponsored by national WMU, took place July 13 – 16 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

    Each general session featured high-energy music led by Christian recording artist Cindy Johnson and her band from Winston-Salem, N.C., along with this year’s six National Acteens Panelists; a message from author and keynote speaker Chandra Peele of Houston, Texas; messages from a host of international and North American missionaries; and theme interpretation through painting by artist Rianna Freeman of Lafayette, La.

    Two of the National Acteens Panelists are from North Carolina: Kianni Curry and Cassie Taylor, both of University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte. North Carolina ranked third in participants with 234, behind South Carolina and Texas.

    Acteens and their leaders from Enon Baptist Church in Morganton have fun in the hallways between sessions.

    A focus on “living a legacy” was introduced by the 2011 National Acteens Panelists as they talked about the beginnings of WMU and the legacy of missions they enjoy today thanks to missions advocates in WMU who came before them.  

    Fan the flame Citing 2 Timothy 1:3 – 19, the Scripture focus of Blume, keynote speaker Chandra Peele challenged the girls to fan the flame and not be afraid of sharing how Jesus had changed their lives.

    “What gift has God put in you that God is fanning the flame on right now?” Peele asked. “But when you think about fanning the flame, what comes next?

    “Fear,” she said. “Fear sets in and shuts you down. Satan loves to do that because fear can keep us from all kinds of things.”

    Kym Mitchell and Suzanne Reece of national WMU introduced the Power Project, an avenue for Acteens to address human trafficking. In January – human trafficking awareness month – Acteens will be encouraged to learn about the issue; look around their community for ways to educate or minister; and love their neighbor by planning a mission action project to do something about human trafficking. But during Blume, girls and their leaders got a head start as they learned about the reality of human trafficking through general sessions, an interactive experience, and from missionary speakers who are addressing the issue now.

    Exploring cultures WMU partnered with Disney’s YES (Youth Education Series) program to provide an interactive cultural experience at Epcot customized for Blume participants.

    At each of the three featured countries, the girls also spent time with a Blume facilitator for a biblical component in which they explored the theme for Acteens this year – G3: The Power of a Girl to Change the World. G3 encourages girls to focus on three girls: herself, a girl next door, and a girl on the other side of the world.

    Giving opportunities Acteens were encouraged to bring hygiene items, wash cloths, clothes, sneakers, and other items with them to Blume to sort and give to local ministries.

    With more than 24,000 donated items, the girls were able to assemble in excess of 3,000 hygiene kits that were given to the Greater Orlando Baptist Association (GOBA). Additional clothing and household items the girls brought, along with nearly $1,500 in Wal-Mart gift cards they donated, went to the Osceola Christian Ministry Center, a local center operated by First Baptist Church of Kissimmee that ministers to the homeless and underemployed through a variety of free services.

    Participants were also given the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another girl across the world by giving to the Beginning of Life Foundation in Moldova, a ministry that helps prevent people of all ages from being victims of trafficking.

    Blume participants gave $20,758.19 to support the Beginning of Life Foundation, and that total will be matched by First Fruits, Inc.
    8/29/2011 9:48:00 AM by Julie Walters, Woman’s Missionary Union | with 0 comments

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