GenSend Summer is designed to be one of the most exciting, intense and unique student missionary experiences in North America. It immerses young adults into a context where they gain practical knowledge of the realities of missions and leadership. Participants will spend their time learning to live life on mission under the guidance of local practitioners, compassion ministry leaders and church planters in a major city, on a college campus or at a Send Relief Ministry Center. While reinforcing gospel foundations and simple outreach practices, the intention of summers is to be an extension of the local church’s planting and mercy and compassion efforts.
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2020.
GenSend Summer FAQ
What does a GenSend student do? The short answer is you will learn to live your life on mission in a specific context. You will serve alongside church planters and compassion ministries to see and experience what it takes to spread Christ’s love and message of redemption to that area. Our hope is that you will not only be developed as a missionary but that you may also consider leveraging your life in that area long term for the gospel.
What are the GenSend locations for summer 2020? Ashland, Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Clarkston, Denver, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Puerto Rico, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington D.C.
Is there an age requirement for GenSend? Yes. You must be between ages 19-25 by June 1, 2020.
Can I go home during the GenSend experience? Only in the case of an emergency are you allowed to leave your assignment. You are expected to serve the entire term of GenSend. Failure to fulfill your assignment once you accept it may require you to reimburse Send Relief prepaid expenses up to $2,500.
What is the duration of the GenSend experience?
8-week service terms
- June 1 – July 27 (Ashland, Boston, Clarkston, New York, Puerto Rico)
- June 8 – August 3 (Calgary, Chicago, Denver, Toronto, Vancouver)
6-week service term
- June 1 – July 13 (Los Angeles)
- June 15 – July 27 (Miami)
- June 22 – August 3 (Atlanta, Edmonton, Montreal, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Washington DC)
Can I use GenSend for class credit at my school? Yes. If your school will allow you to use the GenSend experience for class credit, we encourage you to do that. Check with your advisor or school’s registrar’s office for requirements.
What will I need to bring for the trip? You will need to bring clothes, toiletries, pillow, Bible or Bible app and anything else you think you may need. Some cities will also require you to bring linens.
What is the cost, and how much spending money will I need? Once accepted into GenSend, you will pay:
- For 6-week terms, a non-refundable program fee of $600 is required. For 8-week terms, a non-refundable fee of $800 is required.
- 6 and 8-week students are responsible for round-trip transportation to and from their destination cities, arriving no later than noon on the start date, and leaving on the end date, no later than noon.
*Los Angeles is the only exception and costs $1,000.
What does Send Relief provide for the GenSend experience? We will provide you with housing, in-city transportation and a $900 expense card for meals and miscellaneous costs.
How does the selection process work? New students complete an application while returning students log into their GenSend account to reactivate their old application. All students, as part of the application process, must submit a two-minute video telling us why they want to serve in GenSend and why they want to go to a specific area.
Once approved, applications are sent to each area for selection. Each area will conduct interviews with candidates before choosing their teams. After final selection, a student will be asked to submit the appropriate program fee which will finalize their spot for GenSend 2020.
Summary steps of acceptance:
- Ensure your references have submitted their forms within seven days
- Interview with a coach
- If accepted:
- Submit your program fee
- Complete your assigned online training
What is the deadline to register?
The deadline to register is January 31, 2020.
When will I hear if I have been accepted? If an application is submitted and completed by December 1, you should know your status by no later than February 1, 2020.
Do I have to be a part of a Southern Baptist church? Yes. Applicants must either be a member or a regular attendee of a Southern Baptist church and/or be part of an SBC campus organization. All students must and have an SBC pastor as one of their references.
Is baptism a requirement? Yes. You must have been baptized by immersion after salvation to be a part of GenSend. This is an act of obedience for a believer after receiving Christ as Savior.
If my application is accepted, am I guaranteed my top three preferences? No. We do our best to accommodate preference choices. However, if the area of preference is already full, students may have the option of looking at other areas that still have openings.
Does Send Relief provide health insurance? No. You are responsible for your health insurance during the trip.
Is there anything I need to know if I am assigned to a city in Canada?
- All students serving in a Canadian city are required to have a current passport that does not expire within three months of dates on the field.
- You must also have proof of travel medical insurance.
Is there a required training and orientation for my role during the summer?
Yes. We want to set you up for success and formulate the appropriate expectations for your summer experience and have an impactful service opportunity. You will receive some of this training online and some once you arrive in your assigned area.
If I have a specific question not answered here, how do I receive an answer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.