Donnie and Ruth McDonald



The McDonald family is currently working with the Good News Church in Tokyo area.  Their goal is to help this church plant develop national leadership and a permanent building in the near future.  They are actively involved in Bible studies, outreach concerts, preaching, and ministry to young families in the area.

Reared in a Christian home, Donnie was saved at six years of age as he recognized the awfulness of an eternity in hell. Missionaries visiting his home and the impact of a missions conference during his sophomore year in high school influenced him toward a commitment to missionary service.

Ruth grew up as part of a home missionary family. She was saved at five years of age after having experienced several weeks of conviction as a sinner. She gave her heart to the Lord following a revival service. Her commitment to God and His will led her to submit to the leading of her husband-to-be as a missionary candidate. Her own vision and burden then intensified as she studied to meet missions requirements.

Donnie served for three years as a dormitory supervisor at Welch College and worked as bus captain for Cross Timbers FWB Church in Nashville, Tenn. Following graduation from Welch College, Donnie and Ruth went to Flagstaff, Ariz., to work with home missionaries Mark and Louise Vandivort. Donnie was in charge of the youth ministry and helped in a jail and rescue mission ministry. Ruth was active in music and in ministries to women and youth.

The McDonalds were appointed to career missionary service in Japan on November 27, 1984. They began their first term in 1986, attending language school in Tokyo, Japan, for two years. Following language school Donnie and Ruth moved to the island of Hokkaido to work with Pastor Kawasaki at the Ai No Sato FWB Church.

Donnie and Ruth began their second term in Japan in June of 1991. They worked with pastor Toshikazu Kawasaki and missionary Debbie Griffin on the island of Hokkaido in establishing the Ai No Sato Free Will Baptist Church. Donnie also served as missionary advisor for the Kita Hiroshima FWB Church, which was without a pastor or full-time missionary. In addition, he taught Bible classes to believers from the Sapporo area churches. Donnie and Ruth also were responsible for English classes, Sunday school, music and women’s ministries.

In 1996 the McDonald family settled in the Sapporo area to begin a new church plant. The Miharashidai Chapel was established during this third term of service. They initiated an English program and women’s and children’s ministries.

The McDonald family relocated to Tokyo upon their return to Japan for their fourth term of service. Working as members of the Tokyo Team (Ken and Judy Bailey and Mirial Gainer), and in cooperation with the Iriso church, the Good News Chapel was begun. Donnie was active in the preaching ministry of the church and follow-up with new believers. Ruth worked with church music and neighborhood evangelism. A huge interest in gospel music among unchurched, unevangelized Japanese prompted the McDonald family to participate in a community gospel music choir. Opportunities for sharing the gospel were provided when explaining the songs to Japanese participants.

The McDonald family served as the missionary-in-residence (MIR) for Welch College for the 2004-05 school year. They returned to Tokyo in July 2005 to continue working with the Iriso and Good News churches in reaching the lost in the Tokyo area.

Donnie and Ruth have four children: Leah Katherine (Katie), born May 29; Evan Benjamin, born January 10; Amy Hope, born April 14; Caroline Grace, born September 26.

Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tenn.

Prayer Requests


  • Pray for the memorial service for Mr. Ryo Imai at Good News Chapel on December 2 at Good News Chapel.    Mr. Imai passed away one year ago and his family has opted to have the service at Good News Chapel in connection with his Christian faith. Nearly 20 members of his extended family are planning on attending the Christian service.       11/30/17
  • Praise for those who attended the Charity Concert on April 8 at Good News Chapel.  Amy McDonald was able to share the gospel in song as part of the concert fare. Ruth translated Amy’s original songs that expressed the value that God places on every individual. Everyone also enjoyed the featured saxophonist in the second part of the concert. Several first time visitors ever to a Christian church were in attendance. Over $200 was raised for the ongoing work in the tsunami stricken Tohoku area of Japan.
    Amy McDonald sharing the gospel in song

    Amy McDonald sharing the gospel in song


  • Pray especially for the English students in Ruth’s weekly converstaional English classes. Several Japenese moms have shown keen interest in the Bible time section of the class lately. Pray for Ruth and her discernment in leading this time and that the interest would lead to salvation. 3/31/2017
  • Give thanks with us for the wonderful missionary field reports shared at our yearly Japan field council (Via SKYPE) October 12-14. It was very evident that God has been using our Japan FWB missionaries in numerous ways to impact many Japanese with the Gospel this past year. There were several first time decisions followed up with baptisms from the work of our missionaries this past year!        10/23/2016
  • Pray especially for Ruth and the Good News Kids Club ministry. May 2017 will be the 2nd wave of this new ministry for Good News Chapel (Tokyo).  The club will target elementary aged children and their moms, with an evangelistic thrust through music, Bible stories and an English lesson.     3/31/2016
  • Praise for the 2 who were baptised from Good News Chapel on Sunday Sept. 4, 2016. Mr. Imai and Ms. Asai both made recent professions of faith and followed through with baptism.         9/5/2016
  • Praise for Caroline McDonald’s baptism on Sunday August 7, 2016. Caroline desires to be a committed disciple of Jesus Christ for the sake of the Gospel, especially at her high school.    9/5/2016
  • Please support Good News Chapel church member, Mr. Nonaka. He is taking the lead role in representing the church to the local bank in looking for some kind of building for a permanent church site.
  • Continue in prayer for WNAC groups in North Carolina raising money for the Good News Chapel Impact project for 2015-2016. Groups are completing a year long project of fund raising for assisting Good News Chapel in the purchase process of a church facility. The financial support will give Good News Chapel more impact with the local bank in looking for church property.
  • Good News Chapel continues to contact local banks about purchasing property for a permanent church location. Pray that the a local bank would partner with us to supply a loan for church property. Good News Chapel continues to rent a 3rd floor of a small professional buidling
  • Through the Good News Kids Club, English classes, and a series of concerts and activities hosted at Good News Chapel in recent months, new contacts are in the influence of the church. Among these contacts, opportunities have been given to share about the gospel. Pray that these new contacts would continue to stay in contact with gospel through Good News Chapel and would be led to salvation.


Donnie and Ruth McDonald

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