Five Acteens from four states have been selected by WMU as national Acteens panelists and will be featured during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 9-10, in Birmingham, Ala.
Serving on this year’s panel are Grace Cain of First Baptist Church in Pineville, La.; Dominique DuPar of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in La Puente, Calif.; Ashley Fan of Blacksburg Baptist Church in Blacksburg, Va.; Emily Morrow of First Baptist Church of Ponder, Texas; and Annsley Pugh of Bethany Baptist Church in Callao, Va. The event will be held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, June 11-12.
Acteens is an organization sponsored by WMU that encourages girls in grades 7-12 to grow in their faith and become rooted in missions and ministry. Through Acteens, girls learn how to become disciples of Jesus who live on mission, in accordance with WMU’s purpose, as they participate in missions work in their local community or abroad.
“We are so proud of these dynamic young women and their commitment to grow in their faith and share Christ with others,” said Heather Keller, national WMU ministry consultant for children and students. “As they continue to seek God’s direction for their lives after high school, they go with a firm foundation based on their faith in Christ, biblical knowledge, and the benefit of godly leaders who have poured into them during these formative years.”
National panelists must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, and involvement in church and community. Each of these girls has served through Acteens from five to seven years.
Pugh said she is always trying to learn new ways and find new opportunities to share the good news of Jesus.
“I believe we are called to help meet the basic needs of whoever God puts in our path, and in the most respectful way possible,” she explained. “When basic needs are met, that opens up an awesome opportunity to talk about why we serve and love others. We love and provide for the needs of others because God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to save us. It is our responsibility to share that love with everyone we meet.”
Pugh will participate in her fifth missions trip to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D., this summer.
“By coming back year after year, the people of Cannon Ball know we love them and God loves them,” she shared. “Our continued commitment to serving them in the name of Jesus gives them hope.”
Similarly, Fan said her mission work in the Dominican Republic strengthened her faith and provided insight. “Missions is incredibly humbling and fulfilling because serving others shows us what we take for granted and what we should be grateful for,” she shared.
Furthermore, Fan said involvement in missions “gives us the opportunity to be like Christ, to serve others.
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Source: Baptist Press