Teen girls invited to Blume by WMU
Julie Walters, Baptist Press
June 16, 2011

Teen girls invited to Blume by WMU

Teen girls invited to Blume by WMU
Julie Walters, Baptist Press
June 16, 2011

PHOENIX — WMU extended an invitation to Blume.

The invitation to the missions gathering for teen girls was extended at the

Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14 in Phoenix.

Photo by Van Payne

Wanda S. Lee, center, executive director and treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) gives the WMU report with Acteen panelists behind her during the June 14 morning session of the Southern Baptist Convention. Two teens from North Carolina — Kianni Curry, far right, and Cassie Taylor, third from left — are from University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte.

Blume, formerly known as the National Acteens Convention, is sponsored every

four or five years by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU).

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; 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


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


(EDITOR’S NOTE — Walters is the corporate communications team leader for WMU.)