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.

First Baptist Church of Hammond
fbchammond.com
507 State St.
Hammond, IN  46320
(219) 932-0711

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Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Reaching Families for Christ

Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Reaching Families for ChristBefore we had the last shutdown due to COVID, we had a family visit several times. Once the shutdown ended, they continued coming to church. As I was able to spend more time with them, I came to understand how solid of a church background they have. I was able to go to their home and talk with them for quite some time. During that talk, I was able to do a budget with them, and I realized that they had a significant negative balance every month. We looked at what they could cut from their budget and decided they were just not making enough income. Since then, we were able to help David start a business during his days off. He has been able to triple his income in just a few months and will likely be able to leave his job to do the business full-time. It has been such a blessing to see how God has blessed a faithful family in a time of need.

During the last school break, David’s two oldest sons were home. One is in college, and the other is in high school. I was able to have Bible studies in their home during the break to teach basic Bible doctrines. We had a great time studying together. We had as many as six people participating. The oldest son Godrick and I spent time together working on soul winning and how to lead someone to Christ. One day I was scheduled to go to meet with Godrick, and it was raining. A local gardener was unable to work, so I took Godrick along with me to visit the gardener. I was able to practice with Godrick on how to lead someone to Christ with the gardener, and he received Christ. Godrick and I also went out into the neighborhood and were able to witness to several people together. One day we saw a young man walking. We invited him to church and witnessed to him. I had Godrick take the lead, and I was able to help him through the Gospel presentation. As he goes back to school, I pray he has an opportunity to witness to those God brings across his path.

One of the Saturdays during school break, we switched up our regular visiting a bit. My family picked up David’s children and went to an area close by. We handed out about 100 invitations in a neighborhood and then went to an area where some children were playing soccer. We decided to do two separate games, one for the smaller children and one for the bigger kids. Each group seemed to have a good time. I played goal keeper because my knee couldn’t handle trying to run on a slanted field that was filled with rocks. After the second game, I told the kids I would be preaching in five minutes and told them where to go. To my delight, many chose to listen. I preached the Gospel to about 30 kids, ranging in age from about 10-18. At least half responded and called upon Christ.

After going to David’s house to teach Godrick how to lead someone to Christ, his wife requested that I come and give the Gospel to two of her neighbors, Anne and Veronica. I was going to do a Bible study with the family on salvation first and then witness to the neighbors, but they came in towards the beginning. I stopped and focused on witnessing. I normally start witnessing by asking how sure they are that they would go to Heaven if they died today. Each answered that they were about 50-percent sure. After going through the Gospel, I gave an opportunity for the two neighbors to call on Christ. Both said they had already received the gift of salvation. I pray they gained some understanding about salvation. After that, I invited them to stay for the Bible study that was also on salvation. They chose to stay, which was a blessing. Both came to church several times.

During our summer break, my mother-in-law sent us money for our kids to go to a day camp. They decided to go to a basketball camp. I was surprised that we were able to find one. I was excited to share basketball with my children because it was my favorite sport as a child. They had a great time going to camp every day. I was thrilled for the opportunity to interact with some middle-class families. We have had a really hard time reaching the middle class because we are not allowed into their neighborhoods. All are gated communities or gated apartment buildings, and in almost all of them, we have not even been allowed to put an invitation on the doors. They run a program on Saturdays during the school year from 8:30 – 10:30. We may participate once a month in an effort to try to reach some of the families. I was already able to have a great conversation with one of the fathers. Please join us in praying for God to open doors with the middle class.

Corey McDonald

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