Remarks From The Pastor - May 19, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Welcome church family, friends and guests. We are entering into an exciting season in our church and school. Spring is the time for renewal and transition in our lives, especially for our children in school. Kindergarteners will be graduating into first grade. High school seniors will be graduating and will follow the path God has set them on. College graduates will be following their courses of study to land them a fulfilling career. Parents will be adjusting to a new home dynamic as their graduates move out of the house. May/June brides and grooms will be preparing for marriage. Parents and grandparents are excited to go and see their children graduate and/or get married.

It is my prayer that none of these graduates will forget God; that they will, in all their ways, acknowledge God, and then He will direct their paths. I hope all of them will delight themselves in the Lord. Then and only then, will He give them the desires of their hearts. Tonight is our TCS Graduation. Please come. Your presence will encourage our graduates and let them know you care.

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Our hearts are so full of praise to God after returning from our Word of Life Europe retreat in Croatia. It was just overwhelming to hear the many stories of people coming to the Lord and growing in Christ. 206 of the 280 staff members were able to attend from 15 of the 18 European countries where Word of Life has ministry.

In our last  prayer letter, our itinerary listed visits to Serbia and Bulgaria before the staff retreat. God had other plans for us. Due to an influenza epidemic  in  Serbia,  and  the  serious  illness  and  hospitalization  of    Elizabeth Vika, we rerouted to Germany where Bob spent many hours in consultation with the staff. We were then able to minister to Sergio Tyschenko and his associate staff in Varna, Bulgaria.

Tidbits From Europe:  All Word of Life Europe campgrounds are being prepared  for  the thousands  of children  and  teens who are already registered to be at one of our camps this summer. We would so much appreciate your prayers for our staff as they prepare the camp facilities as  well  as  their  hearts for the activities of this summer.  Pray for protection, for the sports programs, for the many counselors and for the Spirit of God to speak as the leaders and guest Bible teachers minister to the campers.

After being in Europe, we came home with a great burden for our staff in Russia and Bulgaria. Sergey and Margarita Lapin in Russia and Sergio and Tania Tyshchenko in Bulgaria are both under-supported and need many more partners who will become part of their monthly support team, as well as one-time sponsors for campers this summer.

Matthew Melville  gave  a great report about the blessings of their Easter camp in Portugal. God is again doing a great work in that country.

Matals Radziwiluk in Ukraine told of the changes taking place in the hearts of  so  many  of  the  Bible  Institute  students  from  the many surrounding countries. They are thankful for their new building.

Our International Bible Institute in Hungary is again filled to capacity. We have a good number of students from USA and Canada studying there.

 The Tim Good family tour was a great blessing to many, and people we meet are still talking about the inspiring concerts. They are now back in Poland training leaders in churches and preparing for the upcoming summer camping season. Pray that their swimming pool will be ready for camps this summer. It was such a blessing for Mary Anne and me to sing with them during this tour, as well as bring a short missions message in each of these concerts. Our ministry in Poland is beginning an “English for Life” program this fall and is in need of short term teachers (who can use the Bible to teach English to the Polish young people), as well as kitchen, maintenance and house-keeping personnel. Please contact Word of Life Poland if you are able to give two months to serve in this endeavor.  Check out this link:

Kenya, East Africa: Harrison and Flo Airo had 200 campers at the satellite camps in Marsabit and Mundeku, and 250 in a home for orphaned children in Rangwe. 24 received Christ, and 22 made dedication decisions. Chris and Teresia Mwal’wa reported they had a wonderful camp in the slums of Nairobi again in December. Our campgrounds in Nairobi and Mombasa were also filled with teens, and many made lifetime salvation and dedication decisions. Please pray for our Kenya staff. God is doing great things in that country in spite of the unrest due to terrorist attacks.



Bob & Mary Anne Parschauer

Word of Life, European Representative

Remarks From The Pastor - May 12, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who ever had or still have your mother!  LOL!  Today we come to honor our moms and to say, “Thank you.”  I hope you enjoyed your breakfast in the dining hall this morning.

When Becky and I were raising our three children in their younger years, they loved to please us.  I remember one Mother’s Day, all three told Becky that they would do all the cooking for supper after church.  Nine pots, 2 skillets, 4 large bowls, 11 spoons, 5 measuring cups and one whole roll of paper towels later, Becky said to them, “That was the best Jell-O I have ever had!”

Erma Bombeck once wrote:  Sometimes we forget how important stability is to a child.  I’ve always told mine, “The easiest part of being a mother is giving birth…the hardest part is showing up for it each day…” Mother’s Day is traditionally the day when children give something back to their mothers for all the spit they produce to wash dirty faces, all the old gum they held in their hands, all the noses they wiped, and all the bloody knees they “made well” with a kiss.  This is the day mothers are rewarded for washing all those sheets in the middle of the night, driving kids to school when they missed the bus, and enduring all the football games in the rain.  It’s appreciation day for making your children finish something they said they couldn’t do, not believing them when they said, “I hate you” and sharing their good times and their bad times.  Their cards probably won’t reflect it, but what they are trying to say is, “Thank you for showing up.”  And, I will add – thank you for not giving up.

God’s Words tells us in Prov. 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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2019, A New Year With New Goals

   This year holds lots of excitement for us as we will add a new family to the team toward the end of the year. Adam and Ayla Cottrell with Jaxton are finishing up their final months of deputation before they travel to Bangkok to start their first term here. Meanwhile, we are also trying to get more Thai men to take ownership of different ministries. Please pray for smooth transitions and wisdom during this time also. We are excited to see God work as we have continued to separate our English services.

   We are excited to see God work in the lives of the Thai people and also people from all over the world. We praise the Lord for Mr. John Smith who accepted Christ in January. He is from the UK, and his wife is Philippino. She accepted Christ two years ago here at Bangjak Baptist Church. He has been attending services and discipleship classes since that time.

The Legacy Project

   The Deaf Bible Translation of the New Testament has now been named the Legacy Project. It will be a legacy for the 200,000 deaf people in Thailand who will have God’s word in a version they will understand. We are so thankful for our partners in the US who are jumping in to make this project truly happen. We have recently received donations totaling $35,000 which will complete our estimated projected costs to produce the New Testament. We are currently to date editing the clips of the Gospel of John and already have draft one of Luke up to Chapter 9 that is being reviewed. The Gospel of Mark is 99% complete. Our copyrights are approved and paid for, so all is moving along well. We are adding to the staff  one more  checker, Ing, who is  currently a second  year college student, and we will be adding a signer this month also.

National Champs! Four Years Straight

   The  Sports Authorities of  Thailand held the 34th Annual Sports Competition for the physically disabled in January. Bangjak Baptist hosted a team of 33 deaf athletes competing in Futsal, Badminton, Table Tennis and,  of  course,  11-man  Soccer.   We represent  the  province  of      Nakhomayok each year.

   Due to great coaching and a team spirit that never gives up, our team not only made it into the finals, but in 11-man Soccer placed first in the nation—our  fourth year in a row! We also had many opportunities to present the gospel and even heard some non-believers  discussing the final game, saying it was God’s blessings that brought victory. We also brought home bronze medals in Doubles and Singles Men’s Badminton, and also 5-man Soccer.

Our Time in the United States

   We were in the US from Feb. 1 till April 9. In the 10 weeks, we were in 21 churches. We met with many pastors and individuals who partner with the ministries here in Thailand. We also met with teams that have visited our ministries in Thailand. There were so many blessings we received in so many places, we couldn't begin to list them! It is always good to come back to good American food and see American churches. It’s great to have time with our families, and it was a great time of spiritual refreshment also.  Any time we have stepped  out of the work for a short time, it is always helpful when we return to get a fresh view of the different ministries and to reevaluate for the future. Please pray with us  as we try to continue growing,. Pray that we have wisdom in helping Thai men to step into leadership positions so the work is sustainable and will continue growing.


Rick and Tammy Salmon

Salmon’s Ministries in Thailand

Remarks From The Pastor - May 5, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Welcome everyone!  This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  I pray God will speak to your heart through the people you meet in church today and through the Word of God preached.   I want to thank everyone who came out  to an exciting picnic and softball game yesterday! 

Next week is Mother’s Day. I encourage you to invite someone to come help celebrate all the mothers we have. We will have a special breakfast in the dining hall for all moms.

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Remarks From The Pastor - April 28, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Hello and God bless you!  We are still hearing positive comments from lots of people who witnessed our Easter service!  Again, I want to thank Mr. Danny Holcomb and Mr. Mark Wooley for the fine job with the music and choir.  I also want to thank the TBC Media team for the perfect job in running the sound, cameras and computer.  And I especially want to thank the TBC Choir for all the many hours of rehearsals they attended and for singing the truth about the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Decisions were made at the altar, and I was able to deal with folks after the service about their salvation. 

God is moving us forward as a church and we must be willing to obey, trust, and follow Him.  The Ministry Fair was a success.  Today, right after church, if you are on TBC staff and / or a Volunteer in this ministry, you have been asked to attend a very important luncheon meeting.  Our TCS Administrator, Mrs. Gordon, will be there representing the school.  Bring your mate and family.  After lunch I have, as your Pastor, a charge for serving the Lord as we serve others.  Then we will enjoy dessert and go home rejoicing in what God is doing among us.   

As a church member you should be encouraged by our staff and volunteers who are all about fulfilling the call of God in their lives.

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A New Outfit for Easter

   It was Easter Sunday Morning 2005 as my wife, Chris, and I excitedly prepared to attend services.  As we arrived, we couldn’t help but notice the  church families  arriving in their new outfits and how excited the children were to have new shoes, hats, frilly dresses, etc. It was about that time that our buses pulled up with all the children from Hope. Our children were getting off the bus in their same old, tired and worn out Sunday outfits. No new shoes, no new hats, no frilly dresses—no new clothes!  Our hearts  sank as we s aw them interact with all the other children showing off their new outfits. I know that new clothes are not the purpose for going to church and especially not the importance of Easter, but none the less, it was the situation. We determined that would be the last Easter Sunday our children would come to church in their same old clothes no matter what we had to do.

   As we approached the following Easter, I asked you, our supporters, to help purchase new outfits for all the boys and girls. Your response was incredible! For the first time ever, we were able to go out and buy a whole new outfit for every child. As they stepped off the buses that year, they could hardly wait for everyone to see their new clothes! I saw them running up to their Sunday School teachers, the pastor and his wife to show them their great blessing.

   Every year  since, you have  faithfully given  so that  every  child can purchase a new Easter outfit. The bonus to this is that the children are in church three times per week, so that new set of clothes continues to be a blessing  all year long.  We also take family pictures after our Easter service, which becomes a part of each child’s memories as they grow up.

Kids Say The Silliest Things!

Theo-Kindergarten:  “Bella is not supposed to be obnoxious, and she is being obnoxious!”

Rosemary-Two years old: “Birrrdddd! It’s cold outside!”

Bella-First grade: (Hands under her chin and batting her eyelashes to her teacher): “Have I been a blessing today?”

Dr. Mike Higgins

 Hope Children’s Home Honduras

Sharing the Gospel Through Medical Missions 

One of the highlights of our year is when Medical Missions Outreach brings a team down to provide a week-long medical, dental and optical clinic. This also opens the door to allow our church to share the gospel with each person we care for. Most of the providers who come only speak English, so we have the opportunity to partner with them as translators  for  the patients. Because the children in the home are bilingual, they had the  opportunity to be  translators  and  assist in caring for 3,800 patients!  More importantly, 160 of those patients received Christ as their Savior! We are so excited about the fruit that has come from the week and cannot wait to begin ministering to the new converts and see them grow in their new relationship with Christ.

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Hope Children’s Home

Remarks From The Pastor - April 21, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Welcome to our Easter Celebration today at Temple Baptist Church! Thank you for coming today to hear about The Risen Christ. It is our prayer that you understand the Gospel. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

Religion is man-made whereas Christianity is about a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

This personal relationship with God is not as hard to find as we might think, and there is no mysterious formula for getting it. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” As soon as we become children of God, we receive the Holy Spirit, Who will begin to work in our hearts. May you receive a blessing in hearing the truth about Easter delivered by our choir and the sermon.

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A Valen-thai banquet

Valentine's Day is always a fun day in Thailand, and each year we make it an opportunity to host a banquet at the church. We invite saved and unsaved friends to play games, eat dinner, and hear a message about the love of God. This year we called the banquet a "Valen-Thai" dinner and encouraged attendees to dress in traditional Thai clothes. We had a fun time, a great turnout, and a clear message from a fellow missionary about how God's love can make us free. We love having these opportunities to tell our friends about Christ in new ways.


Later in February, we were excited to have a visit from our sending pastor, Dennis Jennings, our mission director, Jon Konnerup, and one of our supporting pastors, Paul Monroe! Being able to be face-to-face with these spiritual leaders in our lives, introduce them to the people we serve, and to take them around to key places in our ministry and in Bangkok was a blessing. I was also able to show them the area we are praying about for our first church plant next year. We are thankful to them and to the Lord for the encouragement we received from their time here.


Not long ago, I experienced a first in my ministry. I was asked to perform a wedding! One of our church members, a member of my Sunday school class, Miss Meow, got engaged to a Canadian believer and asked me to perform the ceremony.  Not only had I never performed a wedding before, but I certainly had never done it in two languages! The ceremony went well, and it's great to see the newlyweds in church on Sundays.


In March, we made an exciting change in our English program. We switched from an on-going weekly class setup to 10-week modular courses. Kayti curated a curriculum for our first module, and we started to spread the word about the new course. On the first night, we had 22 students take the proficiency exam, and we have had new students every night since then! We actually are having to set a limit now because of having more students interested than we have room for!

We are praising the Lord for the people He is bringing our way, giving us the chance to share Jesus with the students after every class. Please pray for these classes, these students, and these opportunities to share the Gospel!


* Preparations for Easter, including our Easter choir special

* Soccer camp at the end of this month

* English students’ salvation

* Furlough preparations

Furlough in 2019

We are always amazed at how quickly time passes, and even more so as we look toward our first furlough, just six months from now. We are continuing to schedule meetings from October to March. We look forward to sharing what the Lord is doing with our supporting churches, as well as with new churches, as we raise some additional funds for our new church plant.  If your church would like to schedule us for a conference or a service, please email us at


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Shane & Kayti Salmon

Taking the Truth to Thailand