Two Alabamians named to National Acteens Panelcomment (0)
April 10, 2014
Two of the four teens named to this year’s National Acteens Panel are from Alabama.
Elizabeth Stanbrough, a member of First Baptist Church, Alexander City, and Claire Wells, a member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Montgomery, were selected because they exemplify a commitment to missions coupled with outstanding participation and leadership in their Acteens group, church, school and community.
National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) sponsors Acteens, a missions organization for girls in grades 7–12. Through Acteens, girls grow in their relationships with God and each other as they learn about and participate in missions, develop leadership skills and live a missional lifestyle.
Both Stanbrough and Wells have been involved in Acteens for the past six years and have demonstrated a commitment to serving others and sharing Christ.
“I have learned what a missions lifestyle is through Acteens,” Stanbrough said. “It is not something you say, a shirt you wear or a book you read. It is what you do every day to reach people who do not know Christ and show them His undying love.”
In addition, Stanbrough said one of the most important aspects of Acteens is learning from godly leaders and developing strong friendships. “The constant contact and similar ideals create trust and understanding between Acteens,” she said. “This trust paves the way for accountability.”
Likewise Wells said, “Acteens is a place where girls can find friends who will be encouraging to them in their walk with Christ. Acteens has been one of the biggest sources of encouragement to me and it has kept me grounded in my faith.”
Stanbrough and Wells will serve along with two other Acteens — Cassondra Couch, of Kentucky, and Nayely Vallejo, of Texas. These girls will serve through Dec. 31 and receive $1,000 from the Jessica Powell Loftis Scholarship for Acteens from the WMU Foundation.