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 GenSend Summer is to be an extension of the local church’s planting and mercy and compassion efforts.
GenSend Summer FAQ
What does a GenSend student do? The short answer is learn to live your life on mission in 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 city for the gospel.
What are the GenSend locations for summer 2019? Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Denver, Edmonton, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington D.C. We will also have GenSend at the three Send Relief Ministry Centers in Appalachia (Ashland, Kentucky); Clarkston, Georgia; and Puerto Rico.
Is there an age requirement for GenSend? Yes. You must be between ages 19-25 by June 1, 2019.
Can I go home during the GenSend experience? Only in the case of an emergency. You are expected to serve the entire term of GenSend, which is June 1-July 29 for the 8-week service term or June 14-July 29 for the 6-week service term. Failure to fulfill your assignment once you accept it may require you to reimburse Send Relief prepaid expenses up to $2,500.
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 $200 is required. For 8-week terms, a non-refundable fee of $600 is required.
- 6-week students are responsible for their transportation to orientation in Atlanta, arriving no later than 2 p.m. on June 14, and transportation home from their destination city on July 29, leaving no later than Noon.
- 8-week students are responsible for round-trip transportation to and from their destination cities, arriving no later than Noon on June 1, and leaving on July 29, no later than Noon.
What does Send Relief provide for the GenSend experience? We will provide you with housing, flights from Atlanta to your host city (6-week students only), 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 must send an email to email@example.com 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 city.
Once approved, applications are sent to each city for selection. Each city 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 2019.
When will I hear if I have been accepted? If an application is submitted and complete by December 11, you should know your status by no later than February 1, 2019.
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, does that guarantee me a spot in the city? No. Each city selects their team from accepted applications. This normally involves personal interviews from the GenSend coaches in each city. If the city of preference is already full, students may have the option of looking at other cities that still may have openings.
Does Send Relief provide health insurance? No. You are responsible for your health insurance during the trip.
If I have a specific question not answered here, how do I receive an answer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.