Thursday, December 5, 2013

Living among them: Gena Wilson in Scotland

"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:36-39

This week is the International Mission Board week of prayer for international missionaries.  Read these stories each day and open your heart to these missionaries.  Pray for them and their families as they are accepting the challenge to do whatever it takes to take the Gospel of Christ to the world.

The Scotland tour bus doesn’t stop in Gena’s neighborhood. The concrete buildings and dirty streets stand in stark contrast to the country’s rolling green hills and tall stone castles.
The beauty isn’t too far from her flat, but missionary Gena Wilson chooses to live in an area of Glasgow she describes as “urban-deprived.” She also calls it home. This is the place where God has asked her to live for 17 years.

On a brief walk down a neighborhood street, Gena makes time to talk to Max who works at the barber shop, the woman who runs the corner cafĂ©, a couple of students skipping school and a heroin junkie. For her, being totally His is about a life yielded to God’s plans, not her own.

“God calls us as believers to get alongside folks who don’t know Him ... so that we show them Jesus, so that we can show them the cross is enough,” says Gena.
Gena depends on your prayers and your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Because of your giving, another missionary couple has joined Gena’s team in Glasgow.

Pray for Gena who faced a return of lymphoma and returned the U.S. for treatment. As of August 2013 she was cancer free. Pray with Gena that she will be able to return to Scotland soon.

In the meantime, pray for her teammates, TJ and Dena Odom, as they continue the work Gena began in Glasgow.

Scripture to Claim:
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come Matthew 24:14

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