Corey & Elizabeth McDonald2023-10-06T12:05:32-05:00




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.

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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: Keeping Our Heads Above Water

Corey and Elizabeth McDonald Prayer Letter: Keeping Our Heads Above WaterWe’ve been struggling to keep our heads above water, but we have hope that the floods will soon be receding. This has been the heaviest rainy season in close to 60 years.

We shifted to a new house at the end of April, only to have flood after flood after flood. We’ve been dealing with the water damage, mold, roof leaks, water-pump issues, water-heater issues, unexpected power outages, and balancing all of our regular responsibilities. We have our kitchen stove on our back patio, where we prepare all of our meals—it gives us the “camping” or the “backyard barbecue” feel.

We have shifted just a few miles from our church location, making it much easier to minister to our people. We have hopes that in spite of the unexpected heavy floods that have caused our transition to be difficult, they will be remedied soon and we will be able to enjoy this season of life.

In January, we started the new school year in our house. Corey started tenth grade, Annabelle started eighth, Marydia and Judson are in fifth, and Adilene is in first. Mark Thomas turned three in March, and Gilbert is a happy six months.

We filed for our church registration in March, and we are patiently waiting for the results. Once we become approved and registered with the country, we will once again begin actively looking for a church location to purchase. Thankfully, the land that we found two years ago is still up for sale, and we’re praying that God keeps it for us.

In April, I began a series on missions, and we are preparing to start giving to Faith Promise missions. Since I began the series, I’ve had two men feel God’s leading them towards active evangelism. I will be training both Elias and Elly and preparing ways for them to have more teaching and preaching opportunities.

On May 20, the second term of the Bible college officially started. Pavil is in his second year and plans to serve in South Sudan upon graduating. Priscah enrolled for her second term. Priscah is in our work studies program and comes to our house to help with chores as a way for her to pay for her college transportation. We are encouraged to see these two growing in the Lord.

We have three other recent high school graduates who have chosen to work or look for employment to help support their families and save for college. Pray for all of these young people, as the Devil works overtime to destroy their futures here in Kenya.

We truly cherish your continual prayers, as trials and sickness are something we also strive to overcome on a regular basis. God is truly faithful, and His strength is new every morning. Our greatest desire is to raise our family with God’s love and to share His promises with those around us.

Thank you for your help,

Corey McDonald

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