North Carolinians Amy Washburn and Anna Carpenter will take the stage during the Woman’s Missionary Union’s (WMU) annual meeting in Houston to speak about Acteens and living a mission lifestyle.
Washburn and Carpenter are serving as National Acteens Advisory Panelists through the end of the year. They will be at the WMU annual meeting June 9-10 in Houston, just before the SBC’s annual meeting begins.
“I have learned to live for opportunities to serve,” said Washburn, who recently graduated from Hickory Grove Christian School in Charlotte.
She began in Acteens seven years ago at University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte.
“Acteens has helped me learn how to live a missions lifestyle every day. Acteens has taught me the importance of prayer in living a missions lifestyle, by teaching me how to lead prayers in worship and by praying for missionaries.
“Acteens has taught me how to share my faith and spiritual gifts within my church, the neighborhood, and mission trips across the country.”
Carpenter recently graduated from Greene Central High School in Snow Hill and is a member at First Baptist Church in Snow Hill, where she became involved in Acteens.
“Missions are God’s hands and feet for the world,” said Carpenter. “It is impossible to love people and not do missions.”
Carpenter has participated in mission projects at the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH), caroling at local nursing homes and other agencies.
Washburn has also served at BCH, along with projects that include Operation Christmas Child, the Empty Stocking Fund at the YMCA and international student ministry at UNC Charlotte.
Both ladies are leaders in their respective Acteen groups.
They have shared their story about Acteens involvement at a local and state level and will be sharing on a national level in Texas. They are also serving as 2012-2013 N.C. Acteens Advisory Panelists.
Washburn and Carpenter will serve with four other teenage girls on the national panel.
Last year, N.C. had three representatives on the national panel. Acteens is WMU’s missions organization for girls in grades 7-12.
The ladies will each receive a $1,000 Jessica Powell Loftis Scholarship for Acteens from the WMU Foundation.
They will also write articles for The Mag, the missions magazine for Acteens and the Acteens website, www.wmu.com/students.