GAs to celebrate 100th anniversary with simultaneous parties
Sep 23, 2013
By FLBaptist STAFF

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—In 1913-14, a mission education initiative to inspire young girls to minister to those in need, and to become future missionaries and mission-minded church leaders was created by Woman’s Missionary Union groups across the Southern Baptist Convention. 

Now 100 years later, Girls in Action, or GAs, will celebrate the legacy of this mission organization that has impacted the lives of countless girls over the years. 

Florida Baptists will join in the celebration Sat., Oct. 5 when women and girls from all over the state of Florida will mark the centennial celebration with eight simultaneous parties from Crestview to Key West.

Each location will feature fashions from the decades, photo booths, cupcakes and other activities. And in a totally modern twist, the girls will communicate with each other across the state using Skype.  

Cindy Goodwin, lead strategist for the Woman’s Missions and Ministries/Missions Education, can recall how GAs “made an impact on my life that still excites me today. I think of all the activities—mission projects-gathering groceries for those in need, sewing a dress for a little girl, visiting nursing homes to sing, and making tray favors for hospital trays. I remember learning about missionaries, writing to them to learn how God was using them, and meeting missionaries at GA house parties,” Goodwin said. 

“These events and activities shaped my life. I never dreamed how God would use GAs in preparing me for serving Him through the Florida Baptist Convention.”

Plus as she prepared for the learning steps to attain the once highly coveted rank of “Queen Regent in Service,” Goodwin said she memorized where mission boards were located, learned the value of the Cooperative Program to her church and churches all over Florida. She can still recall learning the address of the Florida Baptist Convention, the place where she now serves other mission leaders.  

She attended the 50th Anniversary of GAs during a trip made to Memphis Tenn., where she met one of her favorite missionaries, Betty Mills, a missionary to Argentina who now lives in Daytona Beach. And, she observed the 75th GA celebration while living in Birmingham, Ala.

The eight simultaneous celebrations will be held at First Baptist Church in Crestview; Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee; Macedonia Baptist Church in Jacksonville; and Unity Baptist Church in Anthony. Also, festivities will be offered at Eau Gallie First Baptist Church in Melbourne; Carrollwood Baptist Church in Tampa; Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs; and Fifth Street Baptist Church in Key West.

The commemorative activities are set for 1:30-4:30 p.m. (EST) and 12:30-3:30 p.m. (CST). Cost to attend is $3 per person. To register by mail, send check for full amount payable to Florida Baptist Convention; by phone 800-226-8584, ext. 3140 with credit card information; and by fax at 904-596-4472. 

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