Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2023-01-16T11:32:36-06:00




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.

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


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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.


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Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: A Year in Review

Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: A Year in ReviewThe year 2022 for us was a year of growth and expansion in our ministry. We started a number of ministries and saw God move in great ways. I want to take this time to look back on the year to show you what God has done and some of the directions He has led us.

In the first quarter of last year, I attempted a new ministry. I noticed that the men in our church didn’t have any amount of fellowship time. We started meeting every Thursday night for Bible study. God has used this time to grow the spiritual understanding of the men and to bring us closer as a group. Six faithful men now attend on a regular basis. Another outreach that we started early last year was a Youth Day. We meet monthly at the local police post and play soccer with the neighborhood children. Some will play other games, and Annabelle does a Sunday school with the small children. A number of these children have attended church from this neighborhood, and many of our church kids have an opportunity to get out and get some exercise.

Toward the end of the first quarter, we started a choir for a Resurrection Day special. We were happy to see a commitment from enough people to start the choir. God blessed the efforts of this group with a great service.

Near the end of 2021, God directed me to start looking for a permanent location for the church. We meet in two hotel conference rooms at the moment. We began searching for a long-term lease. In the end, this was very unproductive, as many landowners refuse to rent to churches. After that, I moved to seeing what might be available to buy. We looked at many plots and feel settled that God has shown us the one He has for us. At this time, we still lack the funds to purchase it, but we are trusting that God will work in hearts and His church will be built.

One of the great blessings this year was God using a man in our church to become my assistant. We have been able to go soul winning together several times a week and have been able to lead many to Christ. I have seen him grow immensely as a soul winner this year. He was also able to lead the church while my family and I were in the States for three months.

In April, God led us to start a teen group. We have a large group of teenagers who attend our church. Some are teenagers who come on their own; others come with their parents. They now have their own Sunday school class and teen activities.

In September, our family took a furlough. The main purpose was to update some of our supporting churches and to visit family. It was a blessing to be able to be in a few new churches as well. We were really encouraged by a number of our meetings and felt very loved by God’s people. One special blessing came at a new church when a young man with Type 1 diabetes noticed Annabelle’s monitor. He approached her at the end of the service and said, “I have one of those.” It really encouraged her to see someone else going through what she goes through. He also blessed her with some of his extra supplies, which helped get us through almost six months, praise the Lord. We had a great time with old and new friends, but in the end, we couldn’t wait to get home.

As the year came to a close, we wanted to give our church an opportunity to give back to God. However, giving does not come naturally for many Kenyans. We found a children’s home that is helping street children and were able to gift them 28 blankets, filling an obvious need.

We praise God for a great year and look forward to the doors He will open in the year ahead!

Corey McDonald

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