Declaring that “the story of my life cannot be told without Acteens,” Sandy Wisdom-Martin welcomed current and former Acteens and leaders from across the nation to an Acteens for Life dinner June 7.
The event at national Woman’s Missionary Union headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., kicked off Acteens’ 50th anniversary celebration.
WMU’s missions organization for teenage girls in grades 7 through 12 was launched in 1970. The yearlong celebration will culminate at Blume, a national missions gathering for girls, July 8-11, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn.
Wisdom-Martin, executive director of national WMU, announced the creation of Acteens Legacy Awards in honor of Acteens’ 50th anniversary.
“Acteens didn’t just happen,” Wisdom-Martin said. “It took planning and preparation and prayer. It took dedicated leaders at all levels. It’s hard to imagine Acteens without the women who have paved the way for us.”
The certificates for the award cited outstanding leaders for their commitment to “investing in teenage girls” and challenging them “to live their lives openly for Christ in a very real and radical way.”
Recipients of the inaugural awards included Barbara Joiner, an Acteens leader for more than 30 years at First Baptist Church in Columbiana, Ala., who died in 2016 at age 84; Cathy Denton and Andrea Young, longtime Acteens leaders at First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Tenn.; and Evelyn Tully and Beverly Sutton Miller, who served as Acteens’ first and second national directors, respectively.
“Today I am involved in missions because my life was shaped by Acteens. I owe a debt of gratitude to those who went before us,” Wisdom-Martin told the honorees. “We will give you certificates that say ‘Acteens Legacy Award,’ but those gathered in this room and many more like us are your legacy and we are grateful for you.”
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Source: Baptist Press