GAs meet Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Girls in Action (GA) is an exciting and fun-filled missions education organization for girls in grades 1-6. GA is just one of the missions education organizations offered by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). WMU provides a full line of resources for GA and other age-level organizations. Through GA, girls gain a greater understanding of God’s work in the world and how they can join Him in His work.
As GAs meet and learn together, they “travel” to various places around the world learning about the work of missionaries, praying for others, learning what the Bible says about missions and serving others, and learning what they can do in their own communities to serve and share Jesus with others. GA helps girls gain a biblical worldview that challenges them to live a missions lifestyle everywhere they go and in whatever they may do.
WHAT IS GIRLS IN ACTION?
Girls in Action is a dynamic WMU missions organization for girls in grades 1-6. GA helps girls grow in their spiritual development as they learn the biblical basis of missions and discover their part in God’s plan.
In GA, girls learn
- a biblical worldview
- ways to demonstrate Christ’s love to others
- how God is working around the world
- their part of God’s plan
GA is designed with girls’ unique characteristics in mind. GA helps girls grow spiritually, recognizing the varying developmental stages of girls in each grade. GA materials are designed to help both younger and older girls have missions experiences that lay a foundation for coming to faith in Christ as Savior and make missions an important part of their daily lives.
- Pray for missions
- Engage in mission action and witnessing
- Learn about missions
- Support missions
- Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
- Participate in the work of the church and denomination
GA MOTTO, PLEDGE, AND VERSES
GA Motto: Go Forward
GA Scripture Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him. Tell the nations what he has done. Announce how honored he is” (Isaiah 12:4 NIrV).
GA Lifestyle Verse: “The Lord has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must treat people fairly. You must love others faithfully. And you must be very careful to live the way your God wants you to” (Micah 6:8 NIrV).
GA Pledge: “As a GA, I will do my best to live a missions lifestyle that honors God by learning about missions, praying for missions, giving to missions, doing missions, and participating in the work of the church.”
We’re Girls in Action.
We’re girls with a mission,
And we’re reaching the world.
We’re Girls in Action,
And we’re spreading God’s love around the world.
All around, around, around the world. (Repeat.)
Jesus, You’ve shown Your love,
The greatest love we know.
You said to tell the world,
And that is where we’ll go.
Jesus, You died for us,
And saved us from our sin.
We’ll tell the whole wide world,
And we’ll start with our friends.
Jesus, You help us live,
You guide us every day.
You teach us from Your Word,
And hear us when we pray.
Written by Kelly Jones-Parks and Derek Shacklett.
(Copyright © 2004 Woman’s Missionary Union, Birmingham, Alabama)
Want to learn more about the history of GA? GA began in 1913 as Girls’ Auxiliary. In 1970, the organization’s name was changed to Girls in Action. GA has a rich legacy.
Thousands upon thousands of young girls have been a part of GA since it began approximately 100 years ago. Throughout this century, generations of young girls and their leaders have participated in GA and have learned how to help others in Jesus’ name. Countless lives have been changed as girls and their leaders have prayed for, given to, and participated in missions education and hands-on missions involvement.
The GA watchword “Arise, shine, for thy light is come” (Isaiah 60:1) was designated in 1924.
The first GA hymn was “We’ve a Story to Tell.”
The GA Star Ideals were:
- Abiding in Him through prayer,
- Advancing in wisdom by Bible study,
- Acknowledging my stewardship,
- Adorning myself with good works, and
- Accepting the challenge of the Great Commission.
The following allegiance statement was recited in their meetings where girls studied denominational programs and SBC leaders, memorized Scripture passages, and participated in service projects:
Knowing that countless people grope in darkness and giving attention to his commands, I assert my allegiance to Jesus Christ, to his church and its activities, attempting with God’s help to abide in him through prayer, to advance in wisdom by Bible study, to acknowledge my stewardship of time, money, and personality, to adorn myself with good works, and to accept the challenge of the Great Commission.
GA Colors: Green, white, and gold. (See under “GA Emblem” for significance of colors.)
The emblem was a white star bearing the gold GA monogram and enclosed by a green octagon edged with gold. The star represented the Star Ideals. The colors of the GA emblem were meaningful — the green was for growth; the white for purity; and the gold for sincerity.