Corey and Elizabeth McDonald 2017-02-02T14:44:11+00:00

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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
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.

First Baptist Church of Hammond

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You can financially support our family and ministry by giving here online, or you can mail checks to FBMI, 507 State Street, Hammond, IN 46320, and designate your giving to Missionary #139.



Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Our Life

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Our LifeCorey is our eldest son, and he is 8½. He is in fourth grade and enjoys history and science. On December 18, our Annabelle turned 6. She is in second grade and always keeps us on our toes. Marydia turned 4 on February 6! She is in kindergarten and is full of joy. Judson, our youngest, is 21 months old. He has fun playing with his brother and sisters and can spot a horse, his favorite thing these days, anywhere.

We had a great end to 2017. December was spent in Maine, where we were able to see family we hadn’t seen in six months. On Christmas Eve, we planned to pass out 100 Christmas tracts with candy canes. We ended up at the state mall and passed out a whopping 107 in 20 minutes!! The children loved it, and all 107 shoppers were delighted and very thankful. Praying that many seeds were planted!

This year we’ve already had 4 new churches partner with us. We are excited to be receiving over 50% of our support! We currently have 64% of our support promised by churches and individuals desiring to partner with us in seeing souls saved in East Africa. Praise the Lord!

During February and March, we are scheduled to be in Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Virginia to present the ministry. God continually provides for our travel needs. While we were at a conference in January, we were asked if we had any needs. As it turned out, the pastor’s sons worked on vehicles. Not only was he able to change my brakes, but he was able to change the starter, too, which died on us while we were there!

In August, my wife and I were having a conversation about our support. We had a tough summer with many meetings but no new supporting churches. While talking, I received a call from California. It was a pastor I had called the year before, but at that time he wasn’t able to have us in. He was calling because they had a missionary in Kenya come off the field and were looking to fill that spot with us starting in January. I was in total shock! In January, I eagerly opened our list of donors, and that church was there. Praise the Lord!

I recently went door knocking with a pastor. Our time was limited, so we asked God to lead us to someone who was ready to get saved. And you know what?! He did! The first door we knocked on was answered by a middle-aged man who grew up Catholic and expressed no eternal security. After just a few minutes, the man happily received Christ as his Saviour!

Meanwhile in Kenya, the nation is split over its 2017 election. Rioting and violent hate crimes between tribes are threatening the nation’s stability. There is some talk about splitting Kenya into two individual countries. If this happens, it would make it more difficult to travel to visit some of the nationals we work with.

Prayer Requests

• Pray for God to use our family on deputation.
• Pray for the family to stay healthy.
• Pray that our van keeps running.
• Pray that the protesting in Kenya ends and that the people come together.

The McDonalds to East Africa

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