Mary Seeger* has lived a full life. She raised three children with her late husband Bob,* cultivated award-winning pecan trees, got to travel overseas a few times and even went sky-diving on her 80th birthday.
“For someone who grew up so poor, it just blows my mind that the Lord has let me do all these things,” Mary said.
Today Mary lives on a farm in Texas with her daughter, Sue* — the one who originally introduced her to Wycliffe and Bible translation.
In the late 80s, Sue had learned about Wycliffe and decided to move to Waxhaw, North Carolina, to work with Wycliffe’s partner organization, JAARS. When Mary and Bob went to visit her there, they were very impressed with everything they saw and even spent a month volunteering at the new homes for retired missionaries, washing windows and wielding the pick, shovel, and rake.
Through Sue, they met many other missionaries working with Wycliffe, and they began supporting several of them financially.
“We’ve always been more interested in missions than we have been in church buildings,” Mary explained.
To this day, Mary still supports those missionaries. And in order to ensure that they continue to get support for a period once she passes away, she decided to donate one of her valuable possessions — a diamond.
The diamond was a present from Bob. He had given it to her for their 25th wedding anniversary and had it placed in the setting of her great-grandmother’s wedding ring.
Mary had worn it proudly for almost 30 years, but recently she kept it in her safe more than she wore it, for fear that she would lose it during her farm chores.
“Well, if you have something that you can’t wear and can’t enjoy and you’re afraid you’re going to lose it, you might as well give it back to the Lord,” she explained. “And since [Bob’s] passed away, he won’t mind.”
So Mary contacted people from the Wycliffe Foundation who took care of the details of selling the diamond. Half of the money went “where needed most” at Wycliffe. And when Mary passes away, the other half will continue to be distributed to the missionaries she currently supports through a Missionary Support Plan with the Wycliffe Foundation, for as long as the money lasts.
“If it lies in the safe, nobody’s going to hear the Good News,” Mary said. “And maybe the Lord’s going to use it to bring someone to Christ.