BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April 14, 2014 – National WMU named Cassondra Couch of Central Baptist Church in Corbin, Ky., to this year’s National Acteens Panel. National Acteens Panelists are teen girls who exemplify a commitment to missions coupled with participation and leadership in their Acteens group, church, school and community.
Acteens is the WMU-sponsored 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.
Couch has been involved in Acteens for six years and has demonstrated a commitment to serving others and sharing Christ.
“As I entered Acteens my seventh-grade year, I didn’t really realize what I was getting myself into,” said Couch. “As soon as I started to get involved in Acteens, God started planting seeds in my heart regarding missions.”
Couch describes Acteens as a ministry that allows girls to experience spiritual accountability, love, independence, and leadership while equipping them to be missionaries in the true sense of the Great Commission.
“Living a life of missions means you live to serve,” she stated. “Whether it be at school, at home, at the store, in another state, or in another country, you are always looking for needs and have a longing to put others above yourself. There are people all around us who are lost; it is our job as Christians to show them God’s love all the time.”
Maryann Lee, Kentucky WMU’s youth and college consultant, said of Couch, “I know being active in missions and going on mission trips has been something that has shaped her Christian life and helped to make her into the wonderful person she is.”
Couch will serve along with three other Acteens named to this year’s panel: Elizabeth Stanbrough of First Baptist Church in Alexander City, Ala.; Nayely Vallejo of Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Garland, Texas; and Claire Wells of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.
“These young women not only know what it means to live a missions lifestyle, but they are living it every day,” said Suzanne Reece, student ministry consultant, national WMU. “They are living a selfless life centered on serving God and serving others.”
These four girls will serve through Dec. 31 and receive $1,000 from the Jessica Powell Loftis Scholarship for Acteens from the WMU Foundation. They will be featured during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Baltimore, June 8–9, where they will have opportunities to meet national and international missionaries and interact with missions leaders from across the country.
Additionally, they may be requested to speak at church, associational and state Acteens and WMU meetings and events; and will write articles for The Mag, the Acteens missions magazine, and the Acteens website, wmu.com/students.
Applications for the 2015 National Acteens Panel are available at wmu.com/students and in the fall issue of Acteens Leader. All applications must be submitted to national WMU by Dec. 1, 2014.