Girls growing in faith at 'Waves Girls Conference' this month

Special to The Log

This October marks the second annual Waves Girls Conference right here in our area. Caroline Hare, the youth minister from Destin United Methodist Church and writer for the Youth Ministry Collective, and Christy Maraman, from Business Empowered, have been spearheading this year’s girls conference. Both Hare and Maraman desire to create an opportunity for girls to grow deeper in their faith through a fun weekend of worship, creative elements, dynamic speakers, beach parties, and beach worship.

Waves Girls Conference is for youth and college age girls. The conference is intended to focus on bringing girls together, encouraging them in their faith, and sending them home with momentum to make waves in their communities.

Hare, from DUMC Youth says, “I am so excited about what God is going to do in and through this special weekend. It is vitally important that we train up this next generation to make waves for Christ, because we want to see His kingdom here on earth.”

There will be five sessions targeting each one of the following areas, which are also spiritual analogies: breaking points, currents, high and low tides, making waves, and totes.

Leading worship during the weekend is Shake the City, The Ramp worship team from Hamilton, Alabama, and Hannah Woodard from Restoration Fellowship Church in Longview, Texas. Speakers include Caroline Hare from DUMC Youth, Sunny Foy, Ned Maraman an evangelist from Christian International, Becca Daniel from RAVE Ministries Inc., Michelle Carmical from Okaloosa/Walton County Fellowship of Christian Athletes area director, Alysse Beasley from The Ramp, Christy Maraman from Business Empowered, and Stephanie Mcminn from BeGenerous, Inc.

Special features include Christian rap group Holinite featuring Brittany Lanay and The Revolution Dance Team from The Ramp. There will also be a glow in the dark water balloon fight on the beach, as well as, other surprises during the weekend.

“I am so excited for Waves Girls Conference," said Maraman. "From the worship to the speakers I know that the girls and young ladies who are in attendance will experience God in a new way. My hope for this conference is that every single person who walks through the doors, will walk out more passionate for God and desiring a deeper relationship with Him."

Waves Girls Conference will take place on Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday morning, Oct. 25 at the Ramada Inn on Okaloosa Island. For more information, detailed schedule, and registration go to

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