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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
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: Expecting Great Things From God!

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  Expecting Great Things From God!For those of you who have not yet heard, we would like to introduce to you the newest member of Team East Africa: Adilene Fae McDonald, born August 31, 2018. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I will say that God provided for us every step of the way. He gave us an amazing place in Tennessee to have the baby, and Elizabeth and Adilene are doing great.

We had a very busy summer leading up to the birth. We were in Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Since the birth, we have gone to Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Several churches have partnered with us, and I am encouraged that we will be able to be on the field by the early part of next year.

I have had the opportunity to go soul winning and visiting with many churches. It’s always encouraging to partner up with a seasoned, faithful member of the faith. I had one such opportunity in Missouri with a man in his eighties, who faithfully goes out every week to preach the Gospel and encourage the saved to come to church. We had several very good visits, and our last visit was one I will not soon forget. We knocked on the door and heard a dog bark. The man came to the door, slipped out, and shut the door behind him to keep the dog inside. As soon as he closed the door, he realized he had locked himself out of his house.

The start of that conversation was different than most conversation starters out soul winning. The man’s first words were, “You caused me to lock myself out of the house!” I had some work to do to direct the conversation to the Gospel. I apologized several times. After realizing he had no way into the house, I asked if he had a garage door opener in his car, which he did. I used my AAA to get his car open to get the garage open so he could get into his house. While we waited for the tow truck, we were able to discuss how he had gotten saved years ago but was not attending a church. We invited him to church; and, to my surprise, the next morning he was there!

Recently we made a quick trip from Mississippi to Maine, 24 hours in the van, to prepare for our departure. We will be taking all our belongings in totes and duffle bags on the airplane to Kenya. We had to make decisions on what will be going with us and what will stay here and then make sure that all our bags will be under 50 pounds. Thankfully, we have most of our luggage now ready to go, and we are continuing to do our part to increase the support. We are following William Carey’s advice, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Please be in prayer for the final months of deputation:

• Productive meetings
• Purchasing the remaining needs before we depart
• Adilene learning to spend hours in the van
• Obtaining Adeline and Judson’s passports
• Renewing Elizabeth, Corey Jr, Annabelle, and Marydia’s passports
• For affordable housing and a vehicle in Kenya

Fellow servant for Christ,

Corey McDonald

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