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!
Henry Blackaby says when you see people responding to the gospel, this is an indication that the Holy Spirit is working. Parks has seen some thrilling workings of the Spirit this semester!
One young student that Parks has been meeting with for a year and a half recently prayed to receive Christ. He grew up in a Christian home but realized he did not know Christ in a personal way. He immediately turned around and shared Christ with one of his close friends! He was so excited to be able to do this.
On Wednesday evening, March 1st, we had an evangelistic outreach with Steele Johnson. Steele won a silver medal at the 2016 summer Olympics in synchronized diving with Purdue grad David Boudia. Steele shared about his Olympic experienced and how his faith has affected every area of his life. He said it was fantastic to win a silver medal, but that his identity was in Christ.
Three students with whom Parks has been sharing Christ were able to attend. They really enjoyed hearing Steele share his testimony.
He recently had lunch with a student with whom he has been building a relationship. Parks asked the student if he (Parks) had ever shared his spiritual journey story. He said no. Parks asked him if he would like to hear it. He said yes! Parks was able to share his testimony with him and a clear gospel presentation. He asked him if he had ever heard this before and he said he had not. How cool is it to share the gospel with someone who has never heard it before!
Parks was sitting in the lobby of a residence area recently when a student from India sat down beside him. He ask Parks when he did the Bible study at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house. Parks gave him the info and invited him. He said he had never read the Bible and that he did not have a Bible. Parks gave him a copy of the gospel of John and challenged him to read a chapter at a time and ask God to reveal himself to him. He is very open!
Is it really 2016? We cannot wait to see what the Lord has planned!
Purdue has yet again transitioned from a ghost town to a bustling, thriving, albeit chilly campus of students in the matter of a day or two. It dawned on us it has been few weeks since they were last here! When Star Wars came out! It’s OK to admit you have seen it more than once. Some of us have seen it three times.
It’s great to get going again!
There is much talk about the basketball teams this season so it should be fun to see how it plays out! Many of our students are in the “Paint Crew” student section at home basketball games making Mackey Arena a very loud feared place to play for opponents. Boiler Up!
We are already rolling forward this week with the first Alpha fellowship of the semester, and catching up with students.
Oh and we certainly need to catch you all up on some happenings from last semester! Sorry it wasn’t more consistent!
Since there is so much to share, we’ll break up the fall events we have not covered in an upcoming Digest post including:
- The Purdue WDA staff went to Israel!
- The Great Exchange outreach
- Alpha fellowship
- Parks as Faculty Fellow for a floor at Tarkington Residence Hall
- Great semester ending dinner with the students at the Wilson’s home.
It’s great to be back!
It’s hard to believe it’s time for a new school year at Purdue! What happened to the summer break?
Campus is abuzz with students as classes began Monday August 24th on a beautiful day with mild temperatures. It’s so great to have them back! Time to Boiler Up!
We have upcoming events and Bible studies, etc that will be announced as well as ongoing schedules and communication throughout the semester. This website, Facebook and Twitter will be important information hubs for students.
Blog posts from staff, students and even an alum or two will be posted!
In the coming days Mary will report on her summer missions trip to Africa as will Everette on his Romania trip.
We are looking forward to what the Lord has in store for this school year! Stay tuned!