Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2019-03-15T14:19:10-05:00

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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: Adios, Au Revoir, Nzuri!

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter:  Adios, Au Revoir, Nzuri!It seems like I just sent you an update of our ministry, but there have been a lot of things going on recently. We had a desire to leave for Kenya before April, which did not seem possible late last year. However, the Lord continued to bless abundantly with new partnerships, and we have now purchased our tickets! We have so many things to get in order before March 31!

We are very excited that we will be on the field in just over a month, but we are busy getting ready. All of the children need to get their passports, which should arrive with time to spare. We were able to get our passport photos at no cost for all five children at a local AAA office—a $60 savings! I was also able to get my international driving permit there.

We have been in some really great churches of late, with some choosing to partner with us and others hoping to. This past Sunday was very special. We had two great meetings. In the morning, we were in a church that we have been visiting in Florida since my knee surgery. The Lord just knit our hearts together. The pastor and I have similar testimonies, and our wives got along great. He just took the position of senior pastor in November but has been at the church for years. It was exciting to see his passion and zeal for the Lord. Our evening meeting was also a great meeting. We heard back from them on Wednesday morning—praise the Lord for a new partnership!

My knee is coming along. It has been over two months since my surgery. The brace is off—praise the Lord—and my range of motion is over 130 degrees. By the time you receive this letter, I will be done with my physical therapy and focused on strengthening my quad muscle. I’m almost to the point of walking up stairs normally.

I had an exciting opportunity to work at an Amazing Grace Ministry booth at the Florida State Fair. My friend travels with the ministry, and we have tried for three years to work together. It was encouraging to hear from other brothers and sisters in Christ and hear their encouragement. On the other side, it was heart-wrenching to see so many who were lost and didn’t even realize it. I was able to lead 6 young men to the Lord one night, which was really amazing. I led another young man to the Lord the next day. After the second day, I was pretty wiped out, but it was worth it.

The next month is very busy for us. We have already said our farewells with Elizabeth’s family and will be visiting mine just before we go. We are leaving Florida and going to Louisiana, Indiana, Toronto (Canada), and then Maine. Pease pray for these final meetings to be productive.

Prayer Requests

• For the final bit of support to come in
• For us to purchase the remaining items we will need in Kenya
• For our housing to be finalized before we arrive
• For our van to make it through our last trip

Yours in Christ,

Corey McDonald

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