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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: Seasons

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  Seasons

SEASONS

The seasons in Kenya are wet and dry, like many countries in tropical regions. In reality, most of the time the weather is dry, which makes the rainy season a time of rejoicing and welcoming the fresh beginning. The timeframe of April, May, and the start of June is considered the “long rain.” From June all the way to October, there is little to no rain. The “short rains” begin in November, lasting for only a couple of weeks.

Deputation reminds me of the seasons in Kenya. Often we start out the year with a great rain of churches partnering with us, followed by a dry season. During this dry season, we have many meetings, some very promising, but don’t see our support level increase. Fall comes, and we see the rain begin again. Our support starts to inch up, and then the dry holiday season approaches. This month we gained three supporting churches!

Going through these ups and downs can be trying, yet God seems to remind us that He is in control and that it is all about Him. What a blessing it is to serve the living God Who controls everything. He knows whom He wants to partner with us; our job is just to serve Him where He directs.

He has given us so many ways to serve Him these last few months. We were blessed to help with inviting children to Bible Club in Massachusetts. Here Elizabeth gave the Gospel in Spanish to a lady and helped give her assurance of her salvation. We were very excited to hear that she attended church the following week!

I always enjoy going soul winning as a family. It is interesting to see how God uses each of us to be a witness. I was with Annabelle a short time ago, and we were able to witness to a college-aged young lady. I could see in her face that she was blown away by what I was showing her from the Bible—she had never heard the Gospel before. This young lady didn’t call on Christ that day but did indicate that she believed and understood everything that she heard. May God settle in her heart her need for salvation; pray that she will call upon Christ to save her.

We often help with preparations for big days or Vacation Bible Schools that we never attend. While in Maine we were blessed beyond measure not only to help BUT also attend Vacation Bible School at Grace Baptist Church. We are so thankful to be partners in ministry with this great church.

I have had several opportunities to preach in Junior Church and teach children’s Sunday school. What a blessing this is to encourage the next generation to live for God and choose right.

The inevitable happened to us a few weeks ago. When you drive as much as we do, you are bound to get into an accident eventually. On Sunday afternoon, a truck in front of us went into the center turn lane to turn left. Suddenly he changed his mind, turned right, and cut right in front of us. As much as I tried to stop, I couldn’t. We praise the Lord that everyone was okay, and we praise Him that View Point Baptist Church helped us get back on the road.

Prayer Needs

• Answers for Elizabeth’s health issues
• Minor fixes to the van from the accident
• Schooling for the children
• Kenyan reelection to go smoothly with no rioting
• God to get glory from our lives

Fellow servant for Christ,

Corey McDonald

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