Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2019-08-23T16:09:04-05:00

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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.

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Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Challenges in Ministry . . . But God Is Faithful

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  Challenges in Ministry . . . But God Is FaithfulWe have had many ups and downs in the short time we’ve been here in Kenya, but God has been good through it all. We have dealt with sicknesses and injuries and many spiritual battles. I’m thankful for those who are praying for us. God has answered many of your prayers.

Before we came to Kenya, I knew that there would be certain struggles in ministry, one of which was having people want to get close to me in order to try to get money. In my last prayer letter, I spoke about beginning a Bible study with a family. For 6 weeks in a row, I held a Bible study with 8 to 10 adult family members. As far as I could tell, they were very interested in the teaching and learning. After several weeks, one of the men asked me for money, and I politely declined. This happened a few more times before the Bible study came to an end. When they realized I wasn’t handing out money, they stopped having me come. As disappointing as that was, I am still grateful for the 6 weeks I was able to teach them God’s Word. I pray that this family will have a change of heart and gain a desire for God.

I also mentioned Geoffrey in my last prayer letter. We have been able to go through seven Bible studies together! He has attended church with us four times and has been growing more faithful. He has been a blessing to me in many ways, one of which is helping me understand the culture. Last Saturday, Geoffrey joined our family in inviting people to church. Geoffrey is a reserved, soft-spoken guy, but when we started inviting people to church, he dove right in with a big smile on his face. My wife and I rejoiced later about how natural Geoffrey took to ministering.

Recently, I was able to take a trip eight hours west with two other missionaries. We traveled by matatu, which is a van with very little leg room. Normally this would not be an issue; but my knee is still healing, and it became very stiff. I felt the effects for about a week. We stayed for three days. The first day, we met with a group of more than 20 pastors. It was a blessing to be able to teach them and fellowship with them. On Sunday, I preached in two churches and performed a Baby Dedication. It was a blessing to hear the desire of the parents for their children to serve the Lord.

When we arrived in Kenya, we started looking around for a solid church to attend. We wanted to see what was happening in and around Nairobi. We visited about half a dozen churches. Recently, the Lord led us to a solid church with a national pastor. Many of the members are grounded and seem to be spiritually mature. I have had the pleasure of preaching twice and going soul winning with the pastor. We led 3 people to Christ that day. If the Lord allows, I would like to start a discipleship class at the church and an outreach program.

Two weeks ago, we had our second major medical issue since arriving here. Adilene woke from a nap one evening and was acting strangely—she was having a seizure. At first, she just acted sort of “out of it,” so we thought she was just tired. Once she vomited, we realized something was seriously wrong. We took her to the clinic nearby, and she quickly got worse. The doctors gave her two doses of anti-convulsion medicine, which stopped her little heart. She was resuscitated and transferred by ambulance to the hospital. Praise the Lord! She is back to her normal, sweet self, almost ready to walk.

Please pray for (1) good health, (2) direction in ministry, (3) language study, (4) wisdom, and (5) sincere converts.

Yours in Christ,

Corey McDonald

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