Corey and Elizabeth McDonald2020-05-21T13:18:58-05:00

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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: Moving to Be Near Language School

Corey McDonald Prayer Letter: Moving to Be Near Language SchoolAs we prepared to move in March, we said goodbye to our dear friends at Bible Baptist Church. We were blessed to work with them for eight wonderful months. One dear couple, Tom and Eunice, had me in their home for our last discipleship class just before we moved. They finished Level One and are pictured receiving their certificates below.

On March 10, we moved in order to be closer to our language school. A couple days after we moved, Kenya had its first case of COVID-19, and all schools were shut down. I was scheduled to start school on Monday, March 16. As disappointing as this was, we had a lot to do to settle into our home. We discovered that the water was very dirty, which made doing laundry, washing dishes, and taking showers difficult. I was able to rig a sort of filter in the washer to catch most of the sentiment so we could do laundry. As for dishes and showers, those had to be done with the dirty water. As I write this letter, our water is better, but it still gets dirty from time to time. Just this week, it completely ruined an entire load of laundry.

The new house did bring several blessings. We have grass and a yard for the kids and dog to run around in. This has been very helpful in getting through this time of lockdown. If we had been in our previous house, we essentially would have been confined to the inside of the house.

One of my goals in our new location is to start a church. Previously, we had been helping a Kenyan pastor, but I feel strongly that God wants us to start a church and train a man to pastor it. We started to look for a meeting location the week we moved. Unfortunately, our search came to an abrupt end when all churches were required to close because of the virus. Some pastors have been arrested for holding services, as well as Bible studies. We have been holding regular services in our home with our family. My night guard Edwin and his family live inside our compound and have been attending every week. These have been a great blessing. Corey Jr. has been playing the piano for congregational singing. We have a time of taking prayer requests and take turns praying. The children prepare special music.

Edwin believes that God has called him to be a pastor. He has been attending a Bible institute for several years; and, Lord willing, He will be helping us when we officially start Calvary Baptist Church of Kiambu County. Each week I meet with him and his wife to do discipleship. They are very eager to learn the material, and even though they are only required to memorize two verses each week, they usually memorize three or four.

I hired Edwin to be my guard for Monday through Friday nights. This gives him stability with his work schedule and allows him to have the weekends free for ministry. Boniface is our weekend guard. One Sunday evening, I asked Edwin to help translate the Gospel, and Boniface received Christ. Lord willing, when we are allowed to go out as normal, Edwin and I will go to Boniface’s home and witness to his wife and children. At that time, I also hope to start discipleship with them.

Corey Jr. and I are in our second week of language school online. We are excited to begin this process and thankful that God allowed for the online option. Annabelle, Marydia, and Judson are doing school with my wife. Marydia recently started catching on to reading very well. Judson is a “professional colorer.” For his birthday on May 1, he wanted schoolbooks and coloring books. Annabelle reads a book a day and is getting very smart. Adilene is saying new words almost daily and talking in full sentences.

Through this pandemic, we have been very busy. Corey Jr. and I were able to build a chicken coop, and we now have nine-week-old chickens. It has been a great bonding time and learning experience.

In His service,

The McDonalds
Your Missionaries to Kenya

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