On April 20, 2010 (Last Tuesday), I was invited by a Mrs. Francis Thrower to be a guest speaker at a WMU meeting. I was so excited when I learned about this opportunity and within a couple of days called back with a for sure YES! I was asked to talk about Acteens. What it is, how it has affected my life, and what I have done this past year as an Acteens Panelist. This was my “script” but what I said and what is written varies.
Acteens is a girls group for missions. The church I attend started participating in this about 2007. At first I was the only regular attending youth to this class on Sunday nights. Our numbers grew and fell until we have the group we have now- all faithful and regular attendees.
In March of 2009 our group went to Gatlinburg for Connection. This is a get-together for Acteens. We have many conferences to attend to and we have wonderful worship experiences. It was here where I developed a desire to do missions. I will not say I will be a missionary and I will not say I will not be a missionary. But, I know that I want to be part of missions. I at first did not know what an Acteens Panelist was. When I got back home from the trip, however, my youth leader got some information on it and some applications. I prayed about it and blindly filled out an application- I still wasn’t for sure on what I was doing or getting myself into. In June, I received a letter saying I was accepted as a Panelist. Now the fun began. This past year I had so many opportunities to help and be a part of stuff. I have gotten to help out at GA Jam and a prayer retreat- both were first time attendances for me. I also got to help plan and help at Connection. This past year has been an amazing experience.
People ask me all the time what I do as a Panelist. All year I have pondered on this question and have not really been able to answer it until now. As a panelist, I was a leader. I am supposed to be an example to other girls. I should be an example of living a godly life, staying in my bible, and doing missions.
I can honestly say that without this experience as a Panelist I would not be the person I am. Acteens has shaped me into who I am. I would not be in my bible with Acteens. I would not be praying without Acteens. I have no clue what my life would be like without the experience I have had this past year. I am sure that I never would have gotten the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Italy this summer without Acteens. Acteens has opened so many doors for me.
My favorite bible verse is Matthew 17: 20 (NKJV).
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
There are mountains in all our lives. Some bigger than others. A mountain of mine could have been the ability or belief in myself to get up and really do something for God- mission trip, read my bible, pray, or get up and speak to girls my age as well as older adults. I thank God for the opportunity I have had and I hope and pray I get that I continue getting opportunities like this and that more Acteens groups will be formed. Acteens is so important. It can really change you.
The scripture I picked worked perfect for the crowd at the meeting. About 25- 30 ladies attended. It really showed who was faithful and on fire for God. It showed that there is a mountain in our communities that we all can work together to conquer- more Acteens and faith. Those of us there had faith, but where were the rest?