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Gena has been married to Andrew for 10 years. They have two children.

From 2009 - 2013, Andrew and Gena were missionaries in northern Mexico where they started a coffee shop ministry, El Búho (The Owl). The shop still serves the local and international population near Potrero Chico, a climbing hot spot outside of Monterrey.

During their time in Mexico, Gena began her graduate studies in international development through Eastern University. She graduated with her masters in the spring of 2014. After Mexico, she worked at a crisis center, wrote her first book, and did content creation for a web accessibility company that directs businesses and government agencies in making their websites more accessible to people with disabilities. She now wo
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Gena Thomas Separated by the Border, set to publish Oct. 29 with IVPress.

From Honduras to Mexico to the United States and then back again to Honduras, Separated …more
Separated by the Border, set to publish Oct. 29 with IVPress.

From Honduras to Mexico to the United States and then back again to Honduras, Separated by the Border parallels the lives of two mothers: one Honduran and one American, and the journey that brought them deeply into each other’s lives. Immigration, foster care, machismo, and faith permeate this story about Guadalupe and her daughter Julia—not actual names—who were separated in their attempt to cross the Mexico-U.S. border in late fall of 2017. In early 2018, Julia was taken into custody by the State of North Carolina where she began living with her foster family (including her foster mother who is the author of the book). In July 2018, Gena Thomas and her husband traveled back to Honduras with Julia to reunite her with her mother and brothers. Much of the book is written in first person from Gena's perspective, along with third-person narratives from interviews with Guadalupe.(less)
Gena Thomas Keep pounding down the doors. When someone says no, go ask someone else. Don't give up. Utilize the resource you have and go out and ask for more, whe…moreKeep pounding down the doors. When someone says no, go ask someone else. Don't give up. Utilize the resource you have and go out and ask for more, whether they are intangible or tangible. (less)
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Walter Brueggemann
“In both his teaching and his very presence, Jesus of Nazareth presented the ultimate criticism of the royal consciousness. He has, in fact, dismantled the dominant culture and nullified its claims. The way of his ultimate criticism is his decisive solidarity with marginal people and the accompanying vulnerability required by that solidarity. The only solidarity worth affirming is solidarity characterized by the same helplessness they know and experience.”
Walter Brueggemann, Prophetic Imagination: Revised Edition

Austin Channing Brown
“I fell in love with a Jesus who saw the poor and sick and hurting, a Jesus who had bigger plans for me than keeping me a virgin, a Jesus who loved and reveled in our Blackness.”
Austin Channing Brown, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown
“And even though the Church I love has been the oppressor as often as it has been the champion of the oppressed, I can’t let go of my belief in Church—in a universal body of belonging, in a community that reaches toward love in a world so often filled with hate. I continue to be drawn toward the collective participation of seeking good, even when that means critiquing the institution I love for its commitment to whiteness.”
Austin Channing Brown, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

“For Christians, this renewing orientation is particularly important, since severe social oppression and injustice can easily seduce them into identifying the whole social order ("the Establishment," the "status quo," or "the system") with the "world" in its religiously negative sense. When this fatal identification is made, Christians tend to withdraw from all participation in societal renewal.
Under the guise of keeping itself from the "world," the body of Christ then in effect allows the powers of secularization and distortion to dominate the greater part of its life. This is not so much an avoidance of evil as a neglect of duty.”
Albert M. Wolters, Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

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