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COREY MCDONALD FAMILY

SERVING WITH TEAM EAST AFRICA

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Corey Birthday 05/19
Elizabeth Birthday 09/21
Corey & Elizabeth Wedding Anniversary 08/09
Corey Jr. Birthday 06/28
Annabelle Birthday 12/18
Marydia Birthday 02/06
COREY
I grew up in a home where we never talked about Jesus, never went to church, and never talked about Heaven and Hell. I was, however, taught many Christian principles, such as honesty, love your neighbor, and be kind to everyone regardless of their skin color, financial situation, or social class. For this I am very grateful. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I would hear anything about Jesus.

I met the person whom God would use to expose me to the Gospel early one Sunday morning. I was working at the family business, and I was introduced to a new employee. My life, from that moment forward, would never be the same. Standing at the grill making breakfast sandwiches was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. Over the next several months, I would get to know her to be much more than just beautiful. I had to ask her out. Surprisingly, she said “Yes,” and we started spending more time together.

She invited me to go to church with her on a Sunday night. I enjoyed the service but did not hear the Gospel. I started going to church every Sunday night and joined the midweek youth group meeting. I began learning more about the Bible but still did not hear the Gospel and was still on my way to Hell.

One Friday night there was a big youth activity called the Super Bowl. We watched a minor league hockey game, and afterwards the teens stayed behind and played some games. To end our time at the rink, they had a preacher of the Gospel come out and give the Gospel message.

For the first time in my life, I heard about eternity in a way that made sense. I knew I was a sinner and could not get to Heaven on my own. My stomach felt like it was on fire when the invitation came to except Christ’s payment for my sin. The thought came over my mind that if I did not except right then, I would never have another opportunity.

I got out of my seat and made my way up the aisle to the back where men were waiting with Bibles in their hands to tell us how to be saved. I accepted Christ and Him alone for salvation. It was like a weight was lifted that day. I was a different person after that point and realized my life is not about me, but Christ.

ELIZABETH
I began attending church when I was seven years old. Shortly thereafter, I accepted Christ as my Saviour during a children’s church invitation. I then began attending a Christian school. I graduated from there and went on to attend Hyles-Anderson College. I’ve had a strong desire towards missions since I was 11 years old, and I am excited to be used in reaching those to whom the Gospel is hid.

Our objective is to build on the work that has already been done, to establish an expectation among the national pastors of soul winning, discipleship, and church planting. To assist in this process, we will mobilize small teams to go out for a couple of weeks at a time to help these new churches and pastors in remote areas by teaching and discipling them. Later we will return on a regular basis to see their progress. We will then teach the national pastors and their people to do likewise.

For those who are called of God to be in full-time ministry, we will have a Bible college for more
in-depth training. This will enable the team to observe, train, and disciple these men for the
future ministry of pastoring and church planting. To encourage these national pastors from Kenya and neighboring countries, we will have an annual Pastors’ School, where pastors can pray together, learn together, and have a time of fellowship and encouragement with likeminded fundamental, independent Baptist pastors and missionaries.

We believe that this focus on soul winning, teaching, discipling, and local churches reproducing
themselves through the planting of other local churches and teaching Africans to reach Africans for the cause of Christ is the best way to fulfill the Great Commission. It is now time to start a
multiplication effect that will spread across East Africa and have an impact around the world.

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Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  Keeping Christ in ChristmasI hope that all of you had a great end to your year with a Christ-filled Christmas. God blessed us abundantly during the last few months. We had some great meetings to finish out the year, which left us encouraged, as we plan to depart for Kenya this year.

Our Christmas celebrations the last three years have been in three different states with different family members or friends. The one constant to the last three years is that we have made a point not just to keep Christ a part of Christmas but to spread the Gospel to others. Three years ago, we handed out 50 Christmas tracts door to door on Christmas Eve, and then on Christmas Day, we passed out 50 more at a gas station. Last year we handed out 100 tracts on Christmas Eve at the Maine Mall. This year we went to a mall in Gainesville, Florida. I was fresh off knee surgery, so I stayed with Adilene in the van. Elizabeth took the others to the main entrance of the mall, and in about 15 minutes, they handed out 100 tracts. We have found that having the children hand out these tracts with a candy cane makes people not only more receptive to the tracts, but they also take them with a smile. This has become a highlight for my family at Christmastime. We are very excited to continue and expand this tradition in Kenya. We are increasing our goal from 100 to 1,000.

In February of last year, I injured my knee. I didn’t know until May that I had torn my ACL. Because of a full schedule and the need to be in one place for a while, I couldn’t do anything until December. The Lord provided a place for us to stay and a good doctor who worked with our insurance company. The surgery was done December 17. Everything seemed to go as planned, other than that I also had a lateral meniscus tear that had to be repaired, which has slowed my recovery time. God has blessed with a wonderful wife and children who have helped pick up the slack. I have been going to physical therapy. I hope to be off my crutches within a couple of weeks, which will really increase my ability to pull my own weight in the family.

I have found this experience to be very humbling. The looks of pity that I get make me want to say, “It’s not that bad,” and it really isn’t. Everything I do is slow and drawn out and, at times, frustrating, but there isn’t much pain in everyday activity. The pain comes in physical therapy when I push my knee to bend or extend.

The last several months, we have been in New York, Minnesota, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, and Maryland. We are very excited to have several new partners, which puts us very close to finishing deputation. We need about nine more churches to partner with us before we can depart. The children are excited to have a place to call home, a place that we will stay at for more than a few days. Elizabeth and I are eager to see souls saved and converts discipled and to see God move. We are so grateful for the partners God has given us. Please be in prayer that others will join our partnership so that we will have the funds required to move.

Prayer Requests

• Al-Shabab recently attacked again in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 21. Pray for the safety of Christians in Kenya.
• Pray that the loose ends will be completed for our departure: packing, passports, etc.
• Pray that we can purchase a vehicle in Kenya.
• Please pray for the full recovery of my knee and that I will have guidance throughout my nine-month recovery.
• Pray that we will get the rest of the support we need.

Fellow servant for Christ,

Corey McDonald

January 30th, 2019|Tags: , |
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