BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Six teens have been selected as 2010 National Acteens Panelists by Woman’s Missionary Union based on their missions commitment and their leadership and involvement in their school, community and church.
The six Acteens Panelists, each involved in the WMU missions organization for teenage girls in grades seven through 12, are Sarah Angell of Cross Roads Baptist Church, Minot, N.D.; Brandie Hagerman of Living Faith Baptist Church, Hartford, Ky.; Savannah Hines of South Fork Baptist Church, Sonora, Ky.; Aman Majok of First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas; Morgan Shepherd of First Baptist Church, Humble, Texas; and Amy Smith of First Baptist Church, Prattville, Ala.
Most of the panelists have been involved in Acteens for many years and have responded to different ministry and missions opportunities in their communities and even around the world. And they are active in missions education by teaching others about Christ and sharing about missions efforts in their spheres of influence.
“I continue to be amazed at the incredible missions involvement we see in National Acteens Panelists,” said Suzanne Reece, national WMU ministry consultant for students. “Each of these girls has a deep commitment to God and she lives her commitment out by being the hands and feet of Christ….
“These panelists are not the kind of students who act like Jesus at church and live like the world everywhere else,” Reece added. “It is clear that their lives are permeated with Christ. They represent the best of the best in Acteens and have grasped what it means to live a missions lifestyle.”
One of WMU’s core values is to “accept responsibility for developing and equipping missional leaders,” thus Acteens is one of the ways in which WMU engages teenage girls in grades 7–12 to become leaders by teaching them about missions and how to live a missional lifestyle.
The Acteens Panelists, who will serve through Dec. 31, will receive $1,000 from the Jessica Powell Loftis Scholarship for Acteens from the WMU Foundation.
The panelists will be presented at the annual WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 13–14, and will have opportunities to meet missionaries from around the globe and interact with national leaders involved in missions.
The Acteens Panelists may be requested to speak to church, associational and/or state Acteen and WMU groups.
Another important aspect of their service as national panelists is to be a part of a focus group to help shape the future direction of Acteens. They also will write articles for The Mag, the Acteens missions magazine, and for the Acteens website, www.acteens.com.
WMU also recognizes additional Acteens as National Top Teens for their involvement in missions. The following have been selected for 2010: Bethany Bargo of Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Barbourville, Ky.; Grace Blackmon of Grace Baptist Church, Sumter, S.C.; Cassandra Bollinger of First Baptist Church, Burfordville, Mo.; Fawn Freeze of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.; Kelsey Fritscher of First Baptist Church of Woodway, McGregor, Texas; Lynzie Gray of Bethel Baptist Church, Harrodsburg, Ky.; Hannah Pirkle of Central Baptist Church, Flowery Branch, Ga.; Nicole Quintero of West Campus Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas; Kayla Tomlin of Living Faith Baptist Church, Whitesville, Ky.; and Rebecca Wells of White Springs Baptist Church, Attalla, Ala.
Applications for the 2011 National Acteens Panel are due to national WMU by Dec. 1, 2010. Applications will be available on the Acteens web site at www.acteens.com and in the fall issue of Acteens Leader. For more information on Acteens, visit www.acteens.com.
Courtney Simpson is a student intern at WMU.