BIRMINGHAM, Ala. National WMU has selected Kendra Bollinger, an Acteen from First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mo., as one of seven Top Teens in the country. She was chosen based on her dedication to Christ and missions, as well as her strong leadership and service in her church, school and community.
Acteens is a missions organization that teaches girls in grades 7-12 about the need for the Gospel around the world and provides these young women with opportunities to serve and grow in their walk with Christ. Each year, national WMU selects six to eight Acteens to serve on the National Acteens Panel, and also recognizes outstanding Acteens across the country as Top Teens Kendra is a very mature, disciplined young lady who shows her kindness toward everyone she meets, said Diane Miinch, Bollingers Acteens director. She is an excellent role model for all the younger Acteens, and we are blessed to have her in our group. Bollinger has been active in Acteens for five years by regularly participating in missions trips and helping teach GAs. Her ministry also extends beyond her service at church. Bollinger seeks to share Christs love at school, where she is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, peer mentoring, and concert choir. Bollingers teachers have also taken notice of her vibrant character.
It is an honor and privilege to have Kendra in class, says Christian Shinn, Bollingers choir director at Jackson High School. She is creative, fun-loving, respectful, and full of class. Teri Broecker, Missouri WMU student consultant, has witnessed Bollingers understanding and love for missions at state GA and Acteens retreats.
She gets along well with others and shows a positive attitude, said Broecker. I often see her helping even when not asked or assigned to help. When asked to describe her view of missions, Bollinger responded, There are so many needs in the world, and we as Gods children are wired to see these and want to make a change. By seeing these needs, God opens up opportunities to spread His word, and that is the greatest thing we can do.