Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2021-02-19T10:43:48-06:00

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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.

First Baptist Church of Hammond
fbchammond.com
507 State St.
Hammond, IN  46320
(219) 932-0711

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Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: A Number of Visitors Have Come

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: A Number of Visitors Have ComeAs we closed out 2020, I spent the final month preaching about the birth of Christ and the events leading up to His birth. We finished the year with a Christmas service, as I preached on “The Gift That God Gave to Us in Jesus Christ.” Elizabeth had the idea of giving some small gifts to each family that came to the service. We bought items like spaghetti, carrots, spices, sauce, flours, tea, popcorn, butter, and milk. We did a random drawing for each item, and each family left with a small blessing. We also gave each child a stick of sugarcane.

The church attendance had been steadily growing at the end of the year, and we were averaging in the mid-30s. It was exciting to see this growth! Recently, we have seen our numbers slowly diminish into the 20s after a high day of 41. However, this smaller group is very faithful, and they are growing in the Lord!

At the start of 2021, I felt led to start doing the Foundations of Our Faith Bible study during our church services. I’ve been going through this Bible study very slowly, giving each person an opportunity to ask questions. Normally, it takes about one hour to go through one of these Bible studies, but with all the false teaching that we have to refute, the first lesson alone took five weeks to complete. On the final week, it was exciting to see each person answering questions and asking questions. I could see on their faces that they were starting to understand what salvation is and how God provided it.

We’ve had a number of visitors since our last letter. Some of those visitors come for just one week to see what we’re all about, and others come to visit and then stay. One Saturday, I went into a barbershop to invite a barber and his client. The client was very excited to receive the invitation, and he said he would be there the next day. Most people respond this way, but Eric actually came! In fact, since that day, he has only missed one service because he was required to be at work. The second week, he brought his wife Florence, and she has also been very faithful. Florence is expecting their first child in a few months, and my wife has been able to encourage her in that. I have also been able to meet with them for some needed marriage counseling. It was encouraging that they would come to me for help and not let anger and bitterness creep into their relationship. Please join us in praying for Eric and Florence. Eric has been inviting his friends to church but has been discouraged because they have yet to join us. I have reminded him that he’s doing a great job and that his part is just to encourage them to come and let the Lord do the rest.

I’ve been encouraged recently by the attendance of other men at church. Henry has attended faithfully for about a month. David has recently started attending with his wife and two children. We also have a number of boys who attend without their parents. I’m praying that God will use me to help them get to know God and serve Him.

In February, our family was able to take some time away for vacation. This was very helpful for us, as we got a chance to relax and take a mental break. As we are expecting our sixth child within a few days, it won’t be possible for us to do that in the coming months, so the timing was perfect. God provided another missionary to help with the ministry while we were away for a few days, and we are grateful to Him for that.

Please join us in prayer for the birth of our child due March 2. Continue praying for our vehicle. Pray for our children and their schooling, especially with the added distraction of a newborn. Pray for God to provide a permanent location for the church to grow and thrive.

In His service,

Corey McDonald

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