Acteens® Activators and Acteens Activators Abroad work side by side with real North American and international missionaries doing:
• Backyard Bible Clubs
• Missions Vacation Bible School
• community surveys
• drama, music, and puppets
• food and clothing distribution
• and much more!
A whole range of possibilities is open to you, based on the type of help missionaries request. Plan to change your world by including this dynamic missions opportunity in your upcoming summer schedule!
Download the application
and the training overview
for Acteens Activators. (You will need Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer in order to open the document. The free version of Acrobat Reader is available here
To apply for Activators, contact your state WMU office in the fall of the year prior to the summer you wish to serve.
What Is Acteens Activators/Abroad?
Acteens Activators and Acteens Activators Abroad are groups of Acteens® and their adult leaders on mission, at their own expense, to meet needs and share the gospel nationally and internationally. Since 1978, teams of Activators have worked alongside North American missionaries in a variety of settings and service opportunities. The first Activators Abroad teams went out in 1986.
The Acteens Activators/Abroad program is cosponsored by national WMU® and state WMUs. Acteens Activators/Abroad teams are limited to Acteens and their adult leaders. The emphasis is on small groups of girls conducting ministry and witness within the tasks of WMU. Activators make application to and receive assignments through Volunteer Connection® at national WMU. The state and national WMUs guarantee that every Acteens Activators team member has completed an intensive training program before participating in the missions tour.
The Purpose of the Acteens Activators/Abroad Program
1. To provide young missionaries for missions needs.—Acteens Activators/Abroad are young women who have given evidence of a growing Christian faith, a commitment to share their witness with other persons, and a willingness to serve on mission. They go in order that a needy world may hear, see, and experience God’s love.
2. To grow a young woman’s understanding of missions.—As Activators work on teams, and alongside missionaries and local Christians in the places they go to serve, they are challenged to grow spiritually. Activators service increases their missions awareness and understanding, while at the same time providing them an opportunity to discover their own interests and abilities in missions work.
3. To develop missions advocates “back home.”—Once having served, Activators become interpreters of missions for others. They return to their homes, schools, and churches to share from their experience and to continue their witness of God’s love for His world.
Requirements for Acteens Activators Teams
• Every team member must be an active Acteen at least 15 years old or have completed the ninth grade.
• At least one trained adult leader per 5 Acteens must accompany the group. The average size of a group is 5 to 15 members, including adult leaders.
• Each member of the team, including adult leaders, must complete a prescribed training program.
• Acteens Activators teams must serve at least one week on the assigned field, not including transportation time to and from the field.
• Each team must finance its own transportation, housing, and expenses. Usually the local supervisor on the assigned field will help the team arrange inexpensive housing.
• All Acteens Activators teams must have a local supervisor on the assigned field. The local supervisor determines specific tasks to be carried out by the Activators.
• Every team member must keep a log of her hours spent in training and a journal that records her impressions during the missions tour.
• Upon completion of the missions tour, an adult leader of each Activators team must submit a written summary and evaluation of her team’s experience to the state Acteens consultant who will send a copy to Volunteer Connection at national WMU.
Possible Ministries For Acteens Activators Teams
• Backyard Bible Clubs, Big A Clubs, and Mission VBS for children
• Day camps, resort ministries, and beach ministries
• Creative arts ministries such as puppets, clowning, and drama
• Assistance at weekday centers
• Painting, simple repairs, and cleanup of missions centers or housing
• Prayerwalking and community surveys
Requirements for Acteens Activators Abroad
• Every team member must be a Christian and an active member of an Acteens organization.
• Every team member must be at least 16 years old or have completed the tenth grade.
• At least two trained adult leaders must accompany each Activators Abroad team, with a minimum of one adult for every 5 Acteens beyond that. Teams generally consist of 5 to 10 Acteens.
• Every team member, including adult leaders, must complete a prescribed training program.
• All members of the Activators Abroad team, including adult leaders, must have at least one year’s experience on an Acteens Activators team serving in the United States or Canada.
• Activators Abroad must be available to serve at least two weeks, including transportation time to and from the field. Some assignments, however, may be only one week in length.
• Each team will finance its own transportation, housing, and expenses. When possible, the local supervisor on the assigned field helps the team arrange inexpensive housing.
• Each team must have a local supervisor on the assigned field. The local supervisor determines specific tasks for the Activators.
• Every team member, including adult leaders, must carry the basic, recommended insurance.
• Each team member must keep a log of her hours spent in training and a journal that records her impressions during the missions tour.
• Upon completion of the missions trip, the adult sponsor of the team must submit a written summary and evaluation of her team’s experience to the state Acteens consultant who will send a copy to Volunteer Connection at national WMU.