Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2020-05-21T13:18:58-05:00

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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
Judson Birthday 05/01
Adilene Birthday 08/31

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: Opportunities to Minister

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Opportunities to MinisterJust the other day, my wife turned to me and said, “Can you believe we live in Africa?” In most ways, life here has become very normal, and we don’t even consider that we live in what some would find a very difficult, third-world culture. His mercies are new every day, and we praise Him for it!

God has allowed me to find a Swahili language school about an hour from where we live. We have been trying to move closer to the school. This struggle has proved to be more than we originally expected. The school has housing for its students, so we reserved a house to move into on January 5. The current tenant was to move out in December. When they decided to stay longer, our agreement was voided. We are thankful that God, in His infinite wisdom, knew that on-campus living would ultimately not be the best fit for us. Since then, I’ve been looking at other options, which are few. We are currently under contract with a home but not without hiccups. We were told that we would be able to move in the first of February, and then maybe even as early as mid-January. I recently received a call letting me know we won’t be able to move in until mid-March. This yo-yoing back and forth is very mentally draining; yet we know that God has perfect timing, and we sincerely don’t want to get ahead of Him.

Praise the Lord! We purchased a vehicle! Having our own transportation will allow us to better minister out West as a family. At this point, I have been making these trips alone.

In addition to my Cab Ministry and our local-church discipleship, I have been able to make two trips out West (the bush/village) since my last letter. One trip was to preach for Pastor Nkome at a “Coming of Age” Ceremony. There were more than 300 people attending a Maasai “Coming of Age” Ceremony. I was able to give the Gospel, and many called on Christ for salvation. We are thankful to be working with Pastor Nkome. His partnership gives us the ability to register with the government as foreign missionaries. Through Bro. Peter’s influence, Pastor Nkome is very doctrinally sound. Peter Morris has been working with him for more than 20 years. Praise God for the relationships that Bro. Peter has kept and enriched all these years in Kenya.

My second purpose out West was to meet Pastor Hezron. This pastor has not had any training or contact with our team before. God has burdened Pastor Hezron to start a church in his home village. He had been pastoring a church about 45 minutes from his home. Praise the Lord that Pastor Hezron has a Timothy, whom he is training to pastor that church. He has requested my help with the new church, New Jerusalem Baptist Church. While visiting his village, we were blessed to see several souls saved. First, an older lady and her two daughters each received Christ. They all have since attended the church, along with several children. Next, we met a widow with five children. She also received Christ and has since attended the church. Our last visit was to Pastor Hezron’s friend Moi. I was able to give him the Gospel, and he accepted Christ. Moi was influential in Pastor Hezron’s burden for his home area. Moi said to Pastor Hezron, “You go somewhere else to minister, and we don’t have anyone here ministering to us.’’ Moi has offered land on which to build a church. Please join me in praying for God to lead in the matter of where the church should be built. I am encouraged by Pastor Hezron and his desire to learn and reach his community.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the children’s schooling, our new housing, language school, wisdom, and souls to be saved. Geoffrey has currently completed discipleship; please pray that he wins souls and starts to teach. Please pray for Pastor Hezron and New Jerusalem Baptist Church

In His service,

The McDonalds
Your Missionaries to Kenya

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