GenSend Program Raises Up the Next Generation of Missionaries


Liz Olear lived and worked in Atlanta after serving there through GenSend. Now, she lives in San Diego and works with a Southern Baptist church in the city. Photo by Daniel Delgado/NAMB

Southern California sounded like a vacation spot to Ebbie Davis at first, not a location for serious mission work. Besides, the seminary degree she was working on at the time focused on international church planting, not North America.

But as she looked at an opportunity to serve in San Diego through the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) GenSend program, a friend asked some questions about what her time there would entail.

“I said I’d be working with a church plant there,” Davis recalled, “and learning how to live my life on mission and do ministry in the context of the city.”

Her friend pointed out that it sounded exactly like the aim of her degree program at Southeastern…

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