Spare Me Your Charity (with guest Gena Thomas)

By David Hartman, Brooke Christensen, and Kate Schuenke-Lucien

This week Dave talks to Gena Thomas about her book on the purpose of missionary work in the 21st century. Her book, A Smoldering Wick, details the limitations of working out of a charity mindset and how missions can integrate principles of international development to promote a unifying justice.  Gena's Bio: Gena Thomas is a writer, a faith wrestler, a wife, and a mom. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 11 years and they have two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Gena works as an instructional designer at a nonprofit that equips local churches in the area of holistic development. She has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and in Christianity Today among other publications. She published her first book, A Smoldering Wick: Igniting Missions Work with Sustainable Practices in 2016 which merges international development practices with short-term missions. Published in 2019, Gena's second book, Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey unpacks the story of reuniting her Honduran foster daughter with her family after separation at the US border. Alisa & The Coronavirus is Gena's first children's book, self-published in April 2020. You can find out more at

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