When the General Becomes Specific

Feb 17, 2020 | 2 comments

Children have a way of cutting through social niceties. I was listening to my niece. Well, I was pretending to listen to her because I was busy. One little hand touched my right cheek and another touched my left cheek as she turned my face inches from her little face.

Point made.

Today we continue with the God Loves You series. Picture God placing one hand on your right cheek, another hand on your left cheek and gently turning your face inches from His. Through Wendy, He has something to tell you, and you don’t want to miss it.

Each video is less than four minutes. Feel free to play it with your eyes closed, and let God speak directly to you. You might even want to place your hands on your cheeks as a reminder to really listen. (Don’t see a video? Click here.)

It’s beautiful to be called into full-time cross-cultural work. With so much to be grateful for, we also need to make space to look at the potential risks. One of the risks is that when your “job” is God, you can unintentionally edge towards a utilitarian relationship.

Today, through Wendy, may you receive from God what you need to fan the flame of love that God has for YOU.

Wendy Scott-Penson is a Senior Philanthropy Advisor with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In this role, through prayer and encouragement, she has the opportunity to invest in the lives of donors as they invest in Bible translation.

The spiritual gift of encouragement or exhortation has consistently been revealed as one of Wendy’s central traits. This has been confirmed both through official channels such as gifts assessments, and through informal interactions with colleagues, family and friends. 

Wendy’s interest in encouragement has been intensified as she co-parents her three children, all of whom experienced trauma prior to becoming part of the family with her and her husband of 30 years, Derwin Penson.

Wendy counts it a joy and honor to contribute to Global Trellis. Having lived cross-culturally in a number of settings, she has personally been enriched by the unique challenges and blessings discovered when reaching past barriers of language and social difference in order to build loving, God-honoring relationships.

If you missed part one or part two in this series, you can see them here and here.

“When cross-cultural workers are developed they flourish in their call and current reality, expanding the Kingdom of God.” Global Trellis

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Wendy Scott-Penson

Encourager. Wife. Mama. Works with Wycliffe.




  1. James E Rupp

    It was a blessing to hear these words from Wendy. I listened to all three just now and I feel like I know Wendy a lot more, not just a person that we support with our monthly gifts. She expressed very warmly and deeply what it means to know that God loves us. Wow! So I thank God again for Wendy and Scott and may God bless them and their family day by day. (retired from 50 yrs as translators in Mexico – Jim and Nadine Rupp)

    • Wendy Scott-Penson

      Thank you, Jim! I am always inspired by you and Nadine, and the work you have done and what you CONTINUE to do for others in service to the Lord. You live out such a vivid example of God’s love.


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