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By Kristen Camp
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Abby
Hughes is one of only two Generation Send (GenSend) campus mobilizers in the Northwest
who is taking on the responsibility to find other college students to
participate in GenSend 2015.
“I have been working
alongside my church, as well as reaching out to pastors around the Northwest to
connect with students who could potentially take part in GenSend,” said Hughes,
who will be leading a GenSend team in New York City this summer.
GenSend is a development
process designed to be an exciting, intense and unique student missionary
experience that immerses college students into an urban context to gain
practical knowledge of the realities of missions and leadership.
The North American Mission
Board (NAMB) conducted its first mobilizer training weekend for 41 students,
including Hughes, in Atlanta in September 2014. A second training was held Jan.
6-7, 2015. The trainings are designed to equip students to create missional
communities with other students on their college campuses and invite these
students to serve in a major city in North America with a GenSend team this
Hughes said one of the most
important things she learned at the mobilizer training was how to be
intentional with her time and her relationships. Hughes has seen several
students commit to missions this summer and several more have joined her
missional community group.
Along with teaching
intentionality, members of NAMB’s student mobilization staff joined other
speakers at the mobilizer trainings to share the vision for GenSend and urban
church planting. The speakers also walked the students through practical instruction
to fulfill their assignments.
“One of the most helpful and
beneficial parts of the mobilizer training for me was having all of the
practical questions answered,” said Hughes, a sophomore at Washington State
University. “I was given clarity on what steps to take going forward as a
mobilizer as well as how to leverage the personalities on my team for Christ
and the mission He has given us for the summer.”
Dhati Lewis, lead pastor of
Atlanta’s Blue Print Church emphasized the importance of contextualization in
an urban setting during his session on urban church planting.
“There are four things to
consider in contextualization,” said Lewis. “The Gospel must be contextualized.
We can’t put our confidence in our own ability to contextualize. We should
contextualize with a sense of urgency and we should remember that the goal of
contextualization is reconciliation.”
For mobilizers like Hughes, contextualization
will be key. The approach she took participating in GenSend Portland during the
summer of 2014, will be different to contextualize the Gospel as she leads her
team in New York City this summer.
“College ministry looks so
different in the Northwest,” said Hughes. “But the beauty of the Gospel is that
it is transferable everywhere and accessible to everyone. Like Dhati said, we
have to contextualize the Gospel into each person’s ‘heart language.’”
Mobilizers are required to
recruit 10 students out of their missional communities by spring 2015 to serve
in their assigned cities and continue to share the Gospel. NAMB’s goal for
GenSend 2015 is to have over 350 students serving in 16 Send North America
cities across the United States and Canada from June 22 to August 5.
The number of teams per city
will vary. But at least one team will serve and connect with a Southern Baptist
church in each of the following cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto,
Vancouver, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago,
Indianapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Portland and San Diego.
Ken Miller, NAMB’s
Missionary Development national coordinator encouraged the students to keep the
right mindset during a session on missional community. “Don’t go into the city
with the attitude that this is your team. You need to have the attitude that
you are here to serve them and love them, as well as serve your city alongside
them,” said Miller.
These words definitely stuck
with Hughes as she left Atlanta and went back to her campus to begin her work
as a campus mobilizer.
“I’m so excited that I have
the opportunity to spend 10 weeks in a major urban city with the sole purpose
of loving and serving people in the name of Jesus,” said Hughes. “I am excited
to be humbled and challenged alongside my team and see how the Lord moves this
Learn more about GenSend
student missions opportunities at http://sendnetwork.com/gensend.
Kristen Camp writes for the North American Mission
Date Created: 3/27/2015 3:19:08 PM
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