Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2019-10-17T14:42:25-05:00

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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

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.

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: Surveying the Need for More Churches

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  Surveying the Need for More ChurchesAt the end of August, we took a survey trip to Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest city, to see the need for churches. While many churches have the word Baptist in their name, I visited 10 Baptist churches and could not find one that was of like faith. It became clear that the opportunity for future ministry is wide open. We visited local markets, looked at real estate, visited Lake Victoria, tried local food, and saw hippos in our backyard. On our next trip, we hope to visit the equator, which is about 40 minutes away.

God protected us in many ways during the trip. The night we arrived, I left my backpack with our passports and much cash in the back of a cab. When I realized what I had done, I left my wife and children at the plaza to go find the cab. Praise the Lord for honest people! After two hours, I had my bag back. Those men might have been the only two honest people I met in the city. Kisumu also has the highest risk for malaria in Kenya. We are thankful for God’s protection; although we had many mosquito bites, we did not contract malaria.

Just after Kisumu, I took a trip to Nymira. Geoffrey drove as part of furthering his discipleship. We went to visit a pastor who was asking us to give money toward the purchase of land. While in conversation with him, it became obvious that he was making little effort to reach his community. He admitted such and committed to do more. On Sunday morning, I was able to teach the Bible-study hour and encourage the people to go soul winning and invite people to church. I was able to use my experience with Geoffrey to help encourage them. I am happy to report that twice a week, the pastor has been visiting his people and going soul winning. He has also had one person join the church.

Please continue to pray for Geoffrey. I have seven men I am currently discipling; Geoffrey is by far the most faithful. Through his influence, his brother Charles has come to know Christ and has begun the discipleship program. We had Geoffrey and his fiancé Doreen over for dinner earlier this month and hope to see Doreen attend church with us. Last week, Geoffrey and I went soul winning together, and glory to God, he led his first soul to Christ! We plan to start discipleship together with this man.

Here at home in Nairobi, we have seen tremendous growth in the Children’s Program through our weekly outreach! When we arrived at BBC, there were only 6 children attending Sunday school. We now have 35-40 children attending regularly, and we started a Junior Church to accommodate them during the main service. Since the ages range from 1-12 years old, we’ve begun splitting the class into 2 groups, and I started the discipleship program for ages 10-12. Many of the younger children do not understand or speak English. Elizabeth has been able to involve a couple of teenage girls to help in translating the Bible stories for her. Each week she and our children make pancakes or popcorn as a treat for the church kids. Our children love helping out, and the church kids can’t get enough of the snacks.

I’ve begun teaching Foundations of My Faith in the adult Sunday school. In addition, I’ve been able to encourage the pastor and three other men to go out on visitation. It’s a start, but I hope, as time goes on, to see much more involvement. Most of the children live in a small neighborhood within arms’ reach of the church. Our goal is to encourage their parents to start attending. Deacon Tom and I were able to see one boy’s mom, Emma, led to Christ last week. Her work schedule did not allow her to attend this week.

Prayer Requests

• Outreach program at BBC to grow
• To be able to reach the parents
• Geoffrey and Doreen
• Language studies
• Foreign Nationals ID number to arrive to allow for the purchase of a vehicle
• Continued good health

In His service,

The McDonalds
Your Missionaries to Kenya

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