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