Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2019-04-25T14:20:40-05:00

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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: We Made It!

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  We Made It!We made it! God blessed us with as uneventful of a trip as can be expected with five children. We were so blessed to have a man and his three sons from one of our supporting churches escort us to the airport, a 5½-hour drive one way. By prepaying for our baggage, we were able to get a considerably discounted price. Upon boarding, the airline offered to check all our carry-on bags! Carrying seven bags, we jumped at this opportunity. After two, “short,” seven-hour flights, we landed in Nairobi—just 26 hours after leaving New York. God blessed with allowing us to bypass the huge line to get our visa. All 26 of our bags arrived with us. Because of our children, we were allowed to skip the line of over 100 people at Customs. Our team members greeted us and helped us get all our bags to our house—what a blessing!

Upon arrival, our apartment was furnished with four twin-sized mattresses. Our children had been looking forward to having their own beds for so long, we wanted to make sure they were there. With the price of furniture in the stores being so expensive, we found locals to build anything needed. This saved us more than $2,000. We are so thankful to all those who gave to make our transition as smooth as possible.

We are without a vehicle for now. The process to buy one requires that you have an ID number, which we won’t have until our work permit is approved. In the meantime, we have to take a taxi everywhere we go. Getting a taxi can be very frustrating . . . and pricy. With that said, God has used this time for good. I have been able to lead 4 drivers to the Lord and go through Lesson 1 in Foundations of Our Faith, our discipleship series.

Geoffrey is one of the drivers I witnessed to. God allowed us to hit some traffic on our way to Immigration. I took this opportunity to witness to him. He was eager to accept Christ. He has since told me how he had been searching but not getting answers. Since then, we have gone through two lessons together. More exciting than having two lessons together was taking him with me to witness to a family.

One of the places we have gone shopping is a local marketplace. I found something I liked and settled on a price with one of the shop owners. Just before I left, he said, “I want to give you a gift.” I tried to say “No,” but he was insistent. As I took the small bowl, he then said, “It’s just 200 shillings.” I asked, “Is that what Jesus said about the free gift of salvation?” He was very confused but wanted to know more. Samuel gave me his phone number so we could talk more later. I called Samuel a few days later and set up a time to have coffee with him and explain more. I took the Bible and explained to him the gift of salvation. He was happy to receive Christ. I asked if he knew anyone else who should know. Quickly, he said, “My wife and brothers.” We settled on Monday morning for me to give the Gospel to his family.

Samuel lives about 45 minutes from us, so I asked Geoffrey to drive me. This was for two reasons: to give him business and to involve him in seeing me minister to someone else. I can’t fully express how amazing the few hours were that we spent together. We met at Samuel’s brother Enoch’s house. Seven people in total where there, and all 7 accepted Christ! On Monday I will be starting discipleship with all of them. As Geoffrey and I drove back, we talked about what had happened. He was so excited with what he had witnessed and told me that I needed to meet his brother. Praise the Lord!

Prayer Requests

1. Immigration process to be finalized
2. For God to supply the right vehicle
3. For God to supply men with integrity whom we can help start churches
4. For wisdom and discernment
5. Health: digestion issues due to new environment; my knee to continue to heal and strengthen
6. Corey Jr. broke two bones in his left arm. Please pray for swift healing.

Yours in Christ,

Corey McDonald

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