Send Relief Student Missions Goes Virtual With GenSendNOW

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — Every summer for the last few years, college students have participated in the GenSend missions experience, being fully immersed in one of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send Cities to learn how to live “on mission” every day. But since the COVID-19 crisis is making the usual experience impossible, NAMB is launching a virtual experience for college students and leaders called GenSendNOW.

“With COVID shutting down safe travel, we really got to thinking about how GenSend is a way of thinking, not a trip,” said Steve Turner, NAMB’s senior director of next gen mobilization through Send Relief. “The coronavirus shouldn’t really slow us down. GenSend is really made for something like COVID.”

GenSendNOW launches June 1 and lasts through July. The program includes weekly, interactive webinars with mission leaders from across North America, training for how to live on mission and challenges that will help participants engage their own communities. Full access to the live video chats and training material requires participants to register for free at now.gensend.org.

“GenSend is your life on mission anywhere and everywhere, whenever you’re there to the glory of God and the advancement of the Gospel,” Turner said.

George Ross, NAMB’s Send City Missionary in New Orleans, will be one of the first missionaries to appear on the weekly GenSendNOW webinar.

“We have the firsthand experience of seeing college students moving to New Orleans,” Ross said. “We have seen college students participate in GenSend, come back and become game changers in church plants.”

Ross cited Lexie Green, an ICU nurse in the city, who served in New Orleans through GenSend and has been able to share her testimony after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

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Source: Baptist Press