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Corey and Elizabeth McDonald 2017-02-02T14:44:11+00:00

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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:  Got Moose?

Back in God’s Country!

Our first stop was Woburn, Massachusetts. What a blessed time we had with Pastor Johnson and his family! We had the pleasure of lodging with a family in the church for the weekend. The man was a professor at the University of Massachusetts, with his doctorate in chemistry, and his wife was a CPA. They had served faithfully in the church as bus captains for 20 years. What a testimony! Out on bus visitation, my wife and I witnessed to several people. We were reminded of our time ministering in Chicago, such diversity and poverty and a great need for the Lord.

In May we had a meeting at an African church in Portland, Maine. What a treat! On Saturday the pastor and I went to Monument Square to pass out tracts and invite people to church. I was stunned to see the lack of desire for spiritual things. Only three people would talk to me at any length. One was a woman who only wanted to tell me that she was a Christian, yet she did not believe in the Bible. Another was a man who called himself a Viking Christian and claimed he would soon be going to the White House to do a tarot card reading for our President. The last was a man just visiting the area and only stopped long enough to get a walk signal. While the soul-winning experience was nowhere near as welcoming as Kenya, seeing some of “our people” was refreshing and exciting.

I have been pleasantly surprised with the number of solid churches that are being planted in Maine. We have had meetings at many of them and pray that they stay through the hard times of building the church. Much of Maine is staunch Catholic, and most people will not even talk to you. Please join us in praying for these new works.

Starting deputation, God blessed us with a van that has been dependable, and we’ve had very few problems. However, in May we started to have some trouble with the transmission. After a trip to the dealer to find out what our options were, it became very clear that we would not be continuing deputation with it. Thankfully, our home church in Maine had a backup van that we could borrow while we figured out what we should do. After initially offering to sell us this van, the deacons voted to GIVE it to us!!! God’s plans once again prove to be better than any plan we can instrument ourselves!

Got Moose? Try 15 moose and 10 deer! In all the years growing up in Maine, my wife and I saw about 4 moose total. God was good to us. We prayed to see moose, and He filled our cup, spilling over. Deputation is a long journey filled with ups and downs. Visiting 15-plus churches and receiving no support commitment is not uncommon. God uses little reminders like these moose sightings to lift our spirits in these daunting times.

Thank you for praying for our health and safety. To update on our health, things are looking up. We were finally able to have the family’s health evaluated, and by adding vitamins and the dreaded elimination of gluten, we have seen significant improvement. Praise the Lord! We are praying that the Lord will work in our family’s life to prepare us physically and spiritually for the work He has for us in East Africa

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