became a believer at the age of 20, and for the next 20 years I
never had a relationship. When I left for Mali
at the age of 30, for the first time in my life I had the desire
to get married, while before I'd say either way is fine
with me. As the years passed, every time I'd travel I would get
people praying over me and prophesying that my husband was
coming soon, as well as other details, yet "soon"
in God's eyes is very different from our "soon". Every
time I'd get discouraged and be on the point of giving up, God would
intervene and assure me once again that He had
a husband for me that He would bring at the right time. In December
2012 was one such moment when I had given up, and then a pastor
praying over me said, "Don't seek, and you'll be found."
few years into my life in Mali I once asked God why I was still
single when He had given me the desire to be married and healed
me of all the marriage-related issues in my life. It didn't make
sense to me. God showed me that the reason was that His intention
was to make a point with me, to make me a message,
to show His people that He could use anyone, even
a SINGLE woman to change the world and there was
nothing that disqualified anyone to be used by Him. My life truly
shows that, and my book tells the story so that no one can any longer
disqualify him- or herself for the purposes of our King. He showed
me that once His point was made, once I had become that
message, He would bring my husband to me. He told me that
two things needed to happen before I'd get married.
One, my book needed to be published. Two, I needed
to build a house for me and my future husband in
Mali where we'd live. The book came out early 2011,
and I moved into the house late 2011.
the same time those two prerequisites were fulfilled - late 2011
- Randy's wife of 20+ years died of cancer.
was raised Southern Baptist in Mississippi. After
a few years of rebellion he rededicated his life to the Lord at
the age of 23. Within the year he was married, and shortly after
on the way to seminary in California. He had two
daughters while in seminary, and went on to do church planting
in California. After a few years they took several people into their
home, and his wife left him and married one of those men. Being
divorced, he was disqualified as a missionary as
a Southern Baptist. He returned to Mississippi, married again and
had one more daughter. He worked in his family leather business
(J.V. Wilson Leather) and planted a church that
he has been pastoring ever since. He had given his life to foreign
missions, but never got to fulfill his pledge to God.
was filled with the Spirit 7+ years ago and has
been on a life-changing journey since. God made him aware of Heidi
Baker, and one time she prayed for him and said that his hands would
heal many and that he had an eagle eye. Another time he was at a
prophetic conference and the minister asked him whether he was willing
to sacrifice his wife (who was dying of cancer) to have
a healing ministry. What a horrible question to be asked!
He answered, "Yes, but I don't have to, because Jesus paid
the price." Randy has a passion to see healing, to evangelize
the lost, and he's about to enter into the greatest adventure of
his life, fulfilling the call that is so obvious on his life.
year ago a lady in his church told him that it was time for him
to find a wife and that whenever God showed her
something to do with Randy, it had come to pass. Living in the little
200-people village of Bellefontaine and pastoring
in the nearby 2500-people town Eupora, Randy signed
up online on Christian Mingle.
the time Randy went online to find a wife, I was in the first
relationship of my Christian life and thought I had found
my husband. It was as if I had suddenly become visible to men, and
as if the wrong one came along just before the right one to keep
me from the one God had for me. It wasn't easy, but God's
will prevailed. That relationship ended in the beginning
of June and left me in much pain. I felt God wanted me to take
two months in the US - July and August - to recover.
My only goal was to be excited about life and ministry again and
go back to Mali ready to move forward as a single person and full
July a lady prophesied over me that I would find
my husband in Vienna. That didn't make sense to
me as I only had a week in Vienna after the US before returning
to Mali and had no plans for anything. A pastor told me in July
that he'd pray I'd find my husband before the end of the
year, and knowing he was prophetic, I wondered whether
that's what it was. He also told me to make a list
of what I wanted in a husband. I did, and Randy ticks every
box. In August another pastor prophesied I'd find my husband
within a few months. With my mind, I could not imagine that happening,
and yet, I felt all summer that my husband was really close
and mentioned it to several people.
ended my summer in the US with a 3-day seminar for "Leaders
in Crisis" at Bethel church in Redding. On the third day I
met with my small group leader and told her I felt my husband was
really near, and she said she felt the same. The
next day Randy found me. As the pastor had prophesied,
"Don't seek and you'll be found." The day Randy found
me was also my last day in the US, and I posted
on Facebook that the purpose for my 2 months in the US had been
accomplished. I was restored,
happy being single, excited about life and ministry and returning
to Mali. For the first time both Randy and I were free and ready
for each other, and that's when God brought us together.
Randy signed up on Christian Mingle, he prayed for God
to give him a wife who really needed a husband
and a wife like Heidi Baker. He did searches using
keywords like "missionary", "minister", "pastor"
and then "Africa". When he did "Africa", my
name came up. It was late night but it looked like I was online,
so he sent me a message, that last day of mine in the US. However,
I didn't get a notification. It was only just over a week
later - while I was in Vienna - that I received his message.
My friend's prophetic word of finding my husband in Vienna had come
my breakup, I signed up on several Christian dating websites, and
it takes time and perseverance as most guys can be ruled out immediately.
I found that being 41 years old, men my age wanted to have a young
wife to have children with, or they already had adult children
and didn't want any more. God had given Randy a vision of
having two children with is future wife. After he found
me, God gave him that vision again where he saw the two of us with
two baby-carriers. Praise God!
for me, I would search for ages 35 to 50, but would
mostly get messages from guys in their late 50s, which seemed way
too old for me. I would also search for keywords like "pastor"
and "minister" but not get anywhere. When
I received Randy's message on September 5th, 2014,
I saw his age of 58 and thought "once again".
However, I decided to check out his profile. As Randy is gifted
with words like I am, he had filled out the questions on
his profile and something in his writing intrigued me. I decided
to reply. In his second message he told me about having prayed for
a wife like Heidi Baker, and I told him how I'm often called "young
Heidi Baker" or "Heidi Baker of West Africa". We
were both amazed! It didn't take long before his age became
went fast from there. The first month we talked 3 hours
a day on Skype (and continued to do so) as well as writing
emails to each other another 3-4 hours per day, living
on little sleep. We'd continually be amazed at
the signs that God had brought us together, and be amazed at how
we were on the same page on everything and just
a perfect fit. And God was speaking. One day I
was not even praying when God's manifest presence came down on me,
and God resurrected the word I had spoken all those
years telling everyone that when I'd meet my husband I would know
right away and it would go fast. That
word had died with my last relationship. But now it had come to
pass. God also spoke to me that the 2.5 months
we'd have before meeting in person, He would lay a foundation that
usually takes 2.5 years to build. And He truly
the middle of November Randy came to Austria, and
when I picked him up at the airport, it didn't feel like a first
meeting at all. Two days later he proposed to me,
and I said yes. We had two weeks in Europe and
then flew to Mali together where Randy stayed for
a week. He fit right in and seemed to belong there! Even before
finding me, he knew he was about to fulfill his commitment to foreign
missions and had already been preparing his church for his leaving.
the past month we've been traveling in the US together,
doing ministry, meeting friends, and doing premarital counseling.
Everyone who has met us can see God's hand on us and gives us their
approval and blessing. Randy is not perfect, but he's perfect for
me. We're very different - culturally and personality-wise - but
we're a perfect match for each other. I couldn't have asked
for a more amazing man than my soon-to-be husband Randy!
now preparing our wedding on Friday, February 27th,
at 3 pm in Randy's church in Eupora, Mississippi,
and as many of our friends can't be there with us, we'll be streaming
the wedding online on YouTube. Please pray we can work
out all the technical details. A month later, on March 27th,
at 4 pm, we're having another wedding at my church in Vienna,
and it will also be streamed online. We'll be returning to Mali
right after that, where Paul is preparing another celebration (but
not wedding). Between the two weddings we're going on a Caribbean
cruise for our honeymoon.
hope many of our friends can at least be with us online. If you'd
like to bless us with a card or monetary gift, you can send it to
& Claudia Wilson
12874 MS Hwy 404
Bellefontaine, MS 39737
for our European friends, use the ministry address in Vienna (on
the left) and if you'd like to send a gift, send it to
IBAN: AT03 12000 509 101 468 00
hope our story has blessed you and encouraged you, and we
would love to hear back from you!
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Debt to pay off: $2000 or 1.800€
Video - Professional producers have made a new promotional
video for us that you can watch on our YouTube
King - Patricia King is coming to Mali
in June, and Bruce & Cheryl Lindley are heading up the team
that is going to come with her to minister in Mali. If you'd like
to join their team, click
here for more information and to register.
Repairs - We constantly have repairs around the house
and just had a major pipe-break. I'm thankful
that Randy is such a handyman and will be a great blessing in
that area as well.
Truck Needed - One truck has been broken down for months
and is about to be repaired. Our only working truck has just broken
down two days in a row again. We desperately need a
new Toyota pick-up truck, which unfortunately costs as
much as $40,000 or 30.000€.
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a
few months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and
shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.