Corey & Elizabeth McDonald2023-10-06T12:05:32-05:00




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
Mark Birthday 03/12

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 and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Youth Rally

Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Youth RallyIn August, we held our 1st Annual Youth Rally. It was a three-day event for youth ages 12–20. Several local churches joined us, and we were very happy with the turnout. One of the best parts of the rally was having a group from Calvary Baptist Church in Turner, Maine, join us to put on the event. This is the church that Elizabeth grew up in, where we were married, where we served for five years, and where I was ordained into the ministry. It was such a blessing and encouragement to have them visit and minister with us. We look forward to hosting many more groups in the future. Let us know if you and your church would like to be next!

On Wednesday, we went out as a group to canvass and invite teens to the rally. We went to a local soccer field where teens spend a lot of time. Sitting around the field watching are always other teens and adults. We split up into groups of two or three and focused on witnessing, if the Lord allowed. I had the pleasure of partnering with Jared Billings and my son Corey. We invited one young man and tried witnessing to him, but he was not interested. Just a few feet away was another university student named Evans, who was very happy to hear the Gospel, and he called on Christ. He said he would attend the rally if his schedule allowed. Evans came on Thursday and to church on Sunday.

On Wednesday night, we had our weekly men’s Bible study. During the study, the ladies and teenage girls were upstairs decorating for the rally. Both groups were well attended, with everyone excited for our visitors. Pastor Christner taught a great lesson to the men, who were eager to glean from his years of ministry experience.

One of the main purposes of the Youth Rally was to encourage the teenagers in our church and to be a blessing to other like-minded churches in the area. We had several other churches bring their teens. Each day of the rally, we had team games, skits, special music, and two preaching services. One of the highlights for the rally was the Bible-memory time. Each day, we set aside 20 minutes, where each team gathered around memorizing verses and telling them to their designated team leader. Everyone was able to recite at least one verse, with many saying 10 or more. On the last day, one young man called on Christ for salvation.

It was also a blessing to have the group with us for the three-year anniversary of our church, Calvary Baptist Church of Ruaka. We enjoyed having Pastor Christner preach to us, along with special music from the young people of the group. After the morning service, we had a meal, followed by Pastor Christner preaching again.

We were able to show our visitors around Nairobi and share some fun experiences with them while they were here. One of those was a safari at Nairobi National Park. The group said they would be happy just to see a lion. God answered that request in the first five minutes, as three adult females were running down the road right past us.

Just before we brought the group to the airport, I put tracts in almost every drawer of the Airbnb where they stayed. God really blessed those invitations. The following Sunday, Elias, the property manager of
the Airbnb, showed up at church. Since that Sunday, he has attended church each week. He has now brought his wife, adult daughter, and son. He has met with me for Bible study for the past six weeks and attends the men’s Bible study! I’m very excited with the possibilities of what God has for this relationship in the future.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who pray for and support our ministry here in Kenya. Your love and faithfulness to the Lord are what make what we do here possible. Please remember our church registration process in your prayers. As the end of the year approaches, we have several annual ministry opportunities coming up as well. In just three weeks, we are scheduled to welcome our seventh child, and we pray that our child will arrive safely and healthy.

Your missionaries,

Corey & Elizabeth McDonald & Family

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