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.

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Hammond, IN  46320
(219) 932-0711

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Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Mark Thomas McDonald Has Arrived!

Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Mark Thomas McDonald Has Arrived!Since our last letter, we have had some ups and downs. In Kenya, we had a slight surge in COVID cases, so the government closed churches in five counties, one of which was ours. Since we could not have church, we visited the families in their homes. The second week of shutdown was Easter Sunday. We were able to give an Easter food gift to each family, and we met for the service at a member’s house. I taught a Bible study on the week of Christ’s Crucifixion.

We were not allowed to conduct regular church services for more than a month, yet God’s blessings were still on us. During this time, we would not have had anyone to teach Junior Church because Elizabeth had just had the baby. Because of the shutdown, we did not have to worry about filling that need. We were also able to set the money aside that we were paying for rent. We continued meeting for home church, which created an intimate learning and bonding experience for the church.

Eric and Florence are a young couple in our church. They had their first baby about a month after ours was born. We all joined together as a church and gave them a baby shower. They were very surprised and happy. I was encouraged by the willingness of the church people to give. Liam was born several weeks after the shower, and I was able to visit Florence in the hospital. She was in a room with seven other mothers and their newborn children. I was able to pray with Florence and praise God for the safe and healthy delivery of her baby. The doctors gave Florence no instructions on how to care for her baby. We have enjoyed being able to help her and Eric with the example of our own newborn baby.

A young man named Frederick, whom I invited to church on the street, came to visit awhile back. After the service, I spoke with him, and in that conversation, he mentioned he was getting married in a couple of months. He messaged me just two weeks before his wedding, requesting me to preach at the wedding. After praying about it, I felt certain that it was a God-given opportunity. With the 15 minutes I was allotted, I preached the Gospel. I focused on the command for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. I used Frederick in an illustration, showing how salvation is a gift and not of works. I gave him his wedding gift in the illustration. There were about 200 people present that day who heard the Gospel.

We have been actively looking for permanent church location. The county that we are in is the wealthiest in Kenya, and land is very expensive. It is not uncommon to find one-quarter acre of land selling for $300,000. I have been praying for many months for God to direct us. This week I went with a realtor to view three lease opportunities. Right now, we only have a few tithing families, ours being one of those. Giving has been up lately, but it is not where it would need to be to pay for the lease. Please join me in praying for God to bring faithful, tithing people to join us. I am eager to get into our own space, but I do not want to move ahead of the Lord.

Mark Thomas was born on March 12. He was a bit later than we expected and was born the smallest of our six children. Like babies do, he is growing up fast and is a chunky, happy little baby. He gets a lot of attention in our home, and all of his siblings seek him out to hold him and talk to him. He is a happy baby, whose favorite thing to do is smile.

In His service,

Corey McDonald and Family

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