Mary McKeever – Semester Summary

Mary had the joy of one Chinese student (who is now at Ohio State) become a believer on April 7th. She visited over Thanksgiving and the Lord continued to work in her heart.  In March, she asked “How will I know when is the right time to say yes?” Mary knew she was seriously counting the cost so she said, “Don’t worry, you will know. The Holy Spirit will confirm in your heart that it’s time.” She called at 11pm, so excited, saying, “My hand went up first!”

Mary is also part of the World Welcome class at Covenant Church. Alison (left in picture) was only at Purdue for one semester but was so glad she found us through a lunch at the beginning of the semester.

Kayle from Taiwan was invited by another church member. Both of them are believers. Puting who Mary has met with for almost 3 years will be moving to Boston University with the entire Cheng research group. The Lord orchestrated a couple working with InterVarsity’s international ministry there to continue the in-town discipleship. God is Good!

This is Mary’s year to go to Kenya and Uganda and teach discipleship training in three locations. There will also be the first ever East Africa WDA staff conference in Nairobi with International staff from seven countries!

Year In Review – Mary

Nab.Zah.SyazaIt was a full school year! First, there was the wonderful surprise of the trip to Israel which has made my studies so much more dynamic. At the beginning of second semester, the RatioChrist Symposium was centered on the history of the Bible. That sure added to the richness we experienced in Israel!

At Covenant, the ministry of Pleasant Streams shifted to World Welcome, encompassing more than the Chinese so we have folks from high school through retirement age and usually have a discussion table for Mandarin speakers. I was at that table last week (with some translation for me). It was so powerful to talk about the end of Matthew, the resurrection and the Great Commission. Some are new believers and some “not yet.” What a great opportunity to give account for the hope I hI have also had my International Friendship friends. Zahirah, from Malaysia, is graduating next week, Jihee finishes her Masters in August. I am thankful for being able to stay connected through Facebook because their stories are still being written! I am thankful for being able to stay connected through Facebook because their stories are still being written!

Zah.Izzaty.mePuting has been a delight to meet with and watch her faith and understanding grow. We also have good discussions with Jae, her friend from the same interdisciplinary Chemistry lab. One such discussion was about how the Judeo-Christian worldview led to the study of science because of the desire to understand all that God had created. I had Putting read Job 30-41 where God challenges Job “where you there when….”, listing a clear sequence of creation. Jae is moving in the right direction! Puting has been a delight to meet with and watch her faith and understanding grow. We also have good discussions with Jae, her friend from the same interdisciplinary Chemistry lab. One such discussion was about how the Judeo-Christian worldview led to the study of science because of the desire to understand all that God had created. I had Putting read Job 30-41 where God challenges Job “where you there when….”, listing a clear sequence of creation. Jae is moving in the right direction!

Visting Scholars

Jay.PutingPuting is from China here at Purdue to get her Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry. I have discipled her for quite a while and led her to the Lord. She has been a believer for about 18 months! I invited her to the Good Friday evening program at church. I waited for her to arrive then got a text that she wouldn’t be able to get there until about 7:30 (30 min. late) but she finally arrived during the last song set with two friends from the same chemistry lab. One of them had just arrived in the U.S. in January as a new “post-doc” and had never been in a church before. They slipped into pews in the back for the last few minutes. Afterward, he asked her how long she’d been a Christian and what (internal) changes she had experienced. She was so excited about the opportunity to testify! They will have many more conversations since they are research partners on a project.

Then, a week later, she and her other friend, Jae, came over (she stayed overnight). Jae also works in the same lab as Puting focusing on the chemistry of optics. Amongst things he is working on is creating a groundbreaking portable biopsy machine! Over cups of tea, we talked about the wonders of science and creation. I talked about how the Christian worldview gave rise to scientific exploration in previous centuries. I suggested looking at Job chapters 38-41 for an amazing look at the order of creation. Puting started reading it out loud and was loving it. She is seeing the wonders of creation their research. Jae is open, moving in the right direction.

-Mary

We Went To The Holy Land!

Purdue WDA staff team in JerusalemIn October, Everette & Sharon, Parks & Julie, and Mary were able to go to Israel! It was an astonishing, unexpected gift from some supporters!

Lon Solomon, a Messianic Jew from McLean, VA, led the tour. He has led over 45 tours! Lon gave great messages at each location, making it memorable in so many ways.

Dome of the Spirits - TabletsWe have always heard, “You’ll never read the Scriptures the same again!” It is true! We can now clearly picture where Jesus was in places like the synagogue in Capernaum or out on the lake (Galilee) or along the shore and the Jordan River. It moved us all to see Jerusalem for the first time. We were able to step onto the Temple Mount (equal to 27 football fields) and see the model of what it would have looked like in Jesus’ time. To add to the experience, Everette & Sharon were also able to go to Mount Sinai and Petra.

Western Wall-editedThe opportunity to add our prayers at the Western Wall (aka Wailing Wall) was very emotional and powerful. Especially knowing what happened in that area over the centuries and knowing there will come a day when the Eastern Gate will no longer be blocked. The Lord will come back in Glory!

Our reading and teaching is now richer because of this trip and we will never forget it!

Maturing Toward Christ-like Character – Africa!

Orucho sem.2In anticipation of teaching our Discipleship Training Seminars in 4 locations in 4 weeks (Kenya and Uganda), I get excited all over again! My trip begins this Thursday July 9th!

The goal is for pastors to be trained so they can train those in their churches and other pastors, to the end that they all would increasingly mature in Christ-like character to the Glory of God!

This is a big goal and can only be done in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. We’re just a small part of what God is doing in their lives!

The Lord ministered to me the other day with the passage in Luke 12 v.32, “Do not be afraid little flock for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.” I love being part of his “little flock”, those he has chosen and nurtured.

Yet, I’m sobered by the surrounding warnings of what NOT to be anxious about…those who would kill my body (v. 12:4), defending the Gospel before authorities (v.11), all kinds of greed and hypocrisy (v. 1 & 15), concern for food and clothing, (v. 22)…things that capture the heart and distract from serving Him.

Back to the promise of the Kingdom… I’m captivated by wonder in thinking of the Kingdom! Jesus will be King and he will rule “in character” with holiness, justice, righteousness, truth, compassion… those who have come to him, like a child, for salvation will be transformed into his likeness, there will be no more sorrow, pain, brokenness…!

We can see that its fullness is not here yet but we are charged with being his ambassadors! We are given the same power that broke open the tomb (Ephesians 1.18-21) to stand firm, speak boldly, showing radical sacrificial love, demonstrating a different kind of rule. This begins in our hearts and grows, strengthens and multiplies with others to increasingly glorify God and the Risen Jesus Christ! Time to worship an awesome God!

Pray with us that the Lord will give us wisdom in teaching and answering questions in the seminars and in conversations along the way, for health and safety (but if He choses to use those challenges, that we would handle them well, to His glory)!

-Mary