Mary McDonald to Present Benefit Concert for Farthest Corners in Nokesville
Mary McDonald is well known in the sacred music arena as a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and organist. During a career of over thirty-five years more than 800 anthems, seasonal musicals, and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature. She will bring her unique blend of heart, hands and humor to Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville on Saturday, September 23, in a concert to benefit Farthest Corners Foundation, a mission organization founded in 2006 by Nokesville native Austin House. Farthest Corners provides humanitarian, spiritual and educational aid in Burma and Thailand. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the church located at 15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville, VA
In 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition, she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone is the true Creator behind my pen.”
In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for Composer Weekends.
A brief presentation will be made by Farthest Corners missionaries Austin and Sinte House, who are in the area for a Home Visit. While in the U.S. they are discussing with partner churches and supporters their plan to relocate their ministry full-time in Burma when they return to the mission field in late Fall!.Current plans are for the Houses and their three children to live in Yangon for a year while Austin is immersed in Burmese language study and Sinte completes her Master’s Degree. While in Yangon they will also be making preparations for the establishment of the Kalaymyo International Education Center (KIEC) in Kalaymyo, Burma in 2019. The Center, with the focus on English tutoring, is being intentionally designed as an outreach to the Burman population who desire to know English. Having an American English speaking teacher in the city should give KIEC a huge advantage over other schools doing similar work. In addition to the tutoring center, Sinte will establish a pre-school.