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: Calvary Baptist Church

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Calvary Baptist ChurchHappy Thanksgiving! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! We are so grateful that God has allowed us to partner with you. He is continuing to move here in Kenya, as I trust He is showing Himself strong for you as well. Much has happened since the last update about Annabelle. Her diabetes is now being monitored, and we have found great places to buy insulin. Annabelle is happy and energetic, as we are managing her blood sugar. I saw her standing this morning and realized that her belly is not bloated at all since she is no longer eating gluten. We praise the Lord for all He has done for us with Annabelle over the last few months.

At the time of my last update, Calvary Baptist Church of Kiambu was very new. For our first few weeks of services, we had many restrictions from the government due to the virus. As time has passed, the restrictions have relaxed, and now more people feel comfortable coming to church. My whole family is now able to come to church. We have increased our number significantly. Our first Sunday the week churches reopened, we only had 3 in church, including me. As of last week, we have had a high of 35, with 10 first-time visitors. We have been having visitors almost every week, with a number of them returning. I was very excited this week when we had several families that were on time for the start of our service. Kenyans often keep “Kenyan time,” meaning as long as you arrive within the hour, you are considered on time. Nevertheless, we start at 10:30 a.m., even if we are alone.

We are limited to a 1½-hour service; therefore, we are not yet able to have Sunday school. All ages meet in the conference room to start the service. Together we sing two English songs, we take prayer requests, and then the men take turns praying. After the singing is completed, I dismiss the children. Elizabeth takes ages 2-12 to a spot in the outside restaurant area of the hotel. She leads them in some children’s songs and teaches a Bible lesson. We have had great feedback from the parents and children about the children’s class. We have a number of families coming that have several children. Betty, who just moved back to Kenya after living in Germany for 15 years, has faithfully attended for five weeks, along with her son Calvin. She has been encouraging her nieces and nephews to come as well, and at times, three have come.

It is becoming very obvious to me that the majority of men here do not attend church. We have a number of ladies who are attending alone with their children. Some have been abandoned by the father of their children; other men just do not make church a priority. Praise the Lord for Steve! He is a single man who has been attending for about a month. I was able to have coffee with him after the first time he attended to make sure of his salvation. He is a blessing to me every week. Harriet is another faithful attender. She was one of the three our very first week; she received a flyer from us the Saturday before our first service. She has now brought her two children and her niece who lives with her. She has also invited several of her friends to attend. This last Saturday, she even went visiting with us.

God has blessed us with an encourager. A new missionary family arrived in our area about two months ago. They are also attending the online language school and plan to move out west once finished. The husband has joined us visiting on Saturdays and coming to church with his family on Sundays. I praise the Lord for this unexpected encouragement!
Please pray for God to lead us to Kenyan men who will rise up and choose a better future for their families and country. Pray for our follow-up of visitors during the coming weeks and months. Pray that we can find a more permanent location for Calvary Baptist Church of Kiambu.

In His service,

Corey McDonald and Family

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