MISSIONS MOMENT - Corey & Jessica Kershner - TAIWAN

WINTER 2018/19, A NEW HOPE

The beginning of the year brings many people hope as they consider what  potential lies  before them  in the coming year.   People  look behind and review, while others look forward and set new goals for the  coming year.  We are  excited  to  end  2018  on  a high note in Xinzhuang as the church officially organizes as Hope Baptist Church.  God is blessing with now 18 members and 2 new ones planning to join through baptism in the coming weeks.

We have also started the new year off with a series entitled “New.” Corey has continued expanding his mandarin ability and has helped preach several topics in all Chinese on Sunday mornings. We praise God  for  giving  us the  wisdom  and  ability to learn such a difficult language. Please continue to pray with us as both Jessica and Corey continue in language training.

Taiwan begins their lunar new year on February 5th, and this gives us an opportunity to talk to many during our February Community Project about the incredible connection between the Chinese traditional new year’s greeting and the story of the Passover from Exodus. We have prepared several booklets that outline the story and give a clear gospel message. Please pray for the people of Taiwan that their eyes would be opened to find the hope of Jesus this new year!

 

FRIENDS AND JESUS

God continues to give our family opportunities to meet new people, make new friends, and connect new families to the message of Christ. Recently,  God  has brought our daughter two new friends and our family  another opportunity  to  share  the  gospel.  Sometimes as a foreigner  who speaks little Chinese, our daughter has a hard time making lasting friendships, so we thank God for this double blessing!  Please pray for Maggie, Ray-Ray, and the Li family to know Jesus as Lord.

 

Remarks From The Pastor - February 17, 2019

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Welcome to today’s service as we continue in our ‘Winter Missions Conference’.

If you are a guest today, we thank you for worshipping with us at TBC and pray you experience a Christian welcome.

We are learning at this conference that God has called every believer to fulfill The Great Commission: “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”. Some feel unqualified because they don’t know all the theology taught in seminaries. But really, neither God nor those we are sharing our faith with are interested in that sort of stuff. What they care about is whether or not we have a loving heart and care about them. We need to have the love of God in our heart.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

It reminds me of a story about Harry Winston, who was considered the world’s greatest merchant of fine jewelry. One day, he was watching one of his salespeople show a diamond to a very rich client. He noticed how the salesman expertly described the stone and all of its fine features. But the gentleman ended up not wanting to buy. Before the gentleman could leave the shop, Winston asked if he could show him the diamond one more time. But instead of talking about the quality of the diamond, he turned it over in his hand and talked about its beauty. The gentleman was so moved that he bought the diamond. Afterwards he asked Winston, “Why did I buy the diamond so willingly from you, but didn’t hesitate saying ‘no’ to your salesman?” Winston replied, “That salesman is one of the best men in the business. He knows diamonds – but I love them.”

It’s not how much we know about God; rather it’s how much we love Jesus that is going to make the difference. And so, if we are sent by God to be the light of Jesus to this lost and sin-darkened world, what’s going to give us the power to shine? Well, to be an effective missionary, we need to be connected directly into the power source.

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MISSIONS MOMENT - Shane & Kayti Salmon - Thailand

 A Few Highlights From 2018: The past year has certainly been full! Many of you have been following along with us in our ministry this year, celebrating the joys with us and praying for our various requests. We thought we'd briefly review a few of the highlights from 2018 with you, and you can hear more about them in our Salmon Snapshot, as well! Earlier in the year we saw 4 saved at our soccer camp. That same month, we were able to start a young adult Bible study in our home that we enjoyed so much! Another highlight from the year was when we held an evangelism training at Bangjak, and from there started a visitation program in the church. We love having people come to visit, especially family members. So we had a blast when Kayti's parents came for a 3 week visit! Finally, it is always a highlight each year to take our Christmas choir out into the city to sing about the good news of Jesus Christ! On Christmas Sunday and on Christmas Day, our 22-voice choir, along with a deaf ladies' ensemble, sang (and signed) a total of five times—at our church, a large mall in our area, and a major grocery store. We were also able to pass out hundreds of tracts, church brochures, and gift bags to those who gathered to listen. We are so thankful each year for the privilege to share Christ in this way with so many who do not know Him!

A New Milestone: Kayti is excited to have reached a milestone as a resident of Thailand—she now has her Thai driver's license! This may not seem like a big deal to some, but it is one thing that gives a sense of belonging and of permanence here in Thailand.

“LET US THEREFORE COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE, THAT WE MAY OBTAIN MERCY, AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED.”

HEBREWS 4:16

Please Keep Praying: Throughout the year we asked you to pray for some of our lost friends and some of our ministry friends. We could write pages and pages about the people we serve and how the Lord is working in and through them, but we wanted to give a brief update on how a few of them are doing.

Khun Fon, whose wife died almost two years ago, and whose son came to Christ through the soccer ministry a few years ago, is still faith- fully coming to Sunday School and service. He still asks a lot of questions, listens with interest, and gets involved in our outreaches, but he has not yet made the decision to follow Christ. Please continue to pray.

Khun Yui is a lady who has been coming for English for over a year, has sung in the choir during two Christmases, and sometimes at- tends church. She is developing closer relationships with our church mem- bers, and we are still praying for her to be saved!

Wat Dasantad was saved years ago at Bangjak through the English ministry, followed God's call on his life to reach the Thai people, and was raising support in the States with his wife and three children so they could return to Thailand and plant a church. They arrived this month and are excited to begin the work!

Becka McMurphy who served with us in Bangkok for over a year is now Mrs. Becka Trill! She and her husband, Justin, are raising support to return to Thailand, with the hope of moving here in early 2020. Please pray for them to be able to raise support quickly. They are also expecting their first child—please pray for a safe and healthy pregnancy and baby.

Email: salmons2thailand@gmail.com

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Remarks From The Pastor - February 10, 2019

Good Morning Church Members and Guests

I want to welcome you to Temple Baptist Church today!

The Bible says in Psalms 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

It is my prayer that you will delight in the worship service and that God will speak to your heart. If you are a guest, I would love the opportunity to meet you in the lobby after the service.

Today is the second Sunday of our Winter Missions Conference and we are happy to have the Singing Keffer Family ministering to us through music. They will be giving a concert tonight at 6:00 P.M. Why not invite someone to join us? Ask God right now to lay someone on your heart that needs to be encouraged and then act upon it and call and invite them to come this evening. They will thank you for the invitation!

 
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Remarks From The Pastor - February 3, 2019

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Senior Pastor Ton Porter

Senior Pastor Ton Porter

Good morning members, guests and friends of TBC. Today is the start of our much awaited “Winter Missions Conference”. It is imperative that we, as a body of believers called the church, stay focused on the importance of missions. Missions is reaching lost souls for God. In the book of Matthew chapter 28, verses 19 & 20, God gave us the Great Commission. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...” This is a commission to every born again believer in Jesus Christ.

Today you will meet two missionary couples, the Comers and the Salmons. The Comers are reaching Spanish nations and the Salmons are reaching souls over in Bangkok, Thailand.

WHEN ANY CHURCH LOSES THE SPIRIT OF THE GREAT COMMISSION, IT SURRENDERS THE VERY REASON FOR ITS EXISTENCE.

God is a missionary God. The Bible is a missionary book. The gospel is a missionary message. The Church is a missionary institution.

When the Church ceases to be missionary minded, it has betrayed its trust.

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MISSIONS MOMENT - Justin & Becka Trill - Thailand

November 2018

As missionaries, it is our goal and desire to communicate with you, our supporters, as clearly and effectively as possible. At the beginning of November, we took a week to fly out to California to strengthen these skills.

The Missionary Communication Workshop was a great place for us to practice our speaking skills and receive critical feedback and coaching to be more powerful communicators. We believe that every missionary, pastor, and church staff should attend the Communication Workshop because of the skills you will receive in effectively communicating to others.

We are so thankful for Abound Ministries and their efforts in putting on this workshop for us. The skills we learned here will forever make an impact in the way we communicate our love for our Lord and our hearts for Thailand.

November had us from coast to coast, and a few places in between. We started off November in California for a week. Afterwards, we flew back to the DFW area and headed back to Missouri to surprise Becka’s family with a quick visit and attend Family Day with them at Cherry Street Baptist. Then, it was off to Florida for 2 more appointments in the Largo area and to spend time with Justin’s family for Thanksgiving.

We put in a lot of miles, and we are so thankful for the Lord’s protection through it all. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Be on the look out in December for our Christmas card and our End of Year Letter. We look forward to recapping all the Lord has done for us this year!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for spiritual and physical health as we travel

  • Pray that our calendar will continue to fill up for 2019

Justin and Becca invite you to take a few minutes to watch their missions video at https://vimeo.com/291929719

(It is beautiful and very well done!)

Remarks From The Pastor - January 27, 2019

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Welcome to today’s morning service. I pray you will discover the blessing it is to be together and worshipping God with other Christians.

For those of you who are guests today, I pray that you sense a warm Christian atmosphere at Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Today you will hear the word “Apologetics”. You may not know its meaning. Apologetics is the discipline that deals with a rational defense of Christian faith. It comes from the Greek word apologia which means to give a reason or defense. The classic statement is 1 Peter 3:15, which says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Be sure and meet our guest speaker, Mr. Bob Gillespie, at his display table today before you leave.

 
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Remarks From The Pastor - January 20, 2019

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice in the Lord and be glad in it!

We are in the fifth sermon of our series, Established or Connected. We've been learning together about how to be connected in the love of God.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Today, I want to talk to you about walking with God. This is possibly the most powerful practice of the Christian life. You might say, "Okay, wait a minute. You've already talked about prayer. We've talked about Salvation and hearing God. We've talked about serving. But, now, you're saying this is the most powerful practice in the Christian life?" Yes, and here's why. Because what we're going to talk about today in the realm of walking with God is what will keep you praying, what will keep you in God's word, what will keep you serving and what will actually keep you applying what God is teaching you.

What we're going to talk about today, is one of the most powerful practices in the Christian life and is rarely talked about in church. I want to talk about walking with others who will help you walk with God.

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Remarks From The Pastor - January 13, 2019

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Good morning on this the second Sunday of 2019. To our guests here today, we say, “God bless you and we pray you found a welcoming Christian atmosphere here at TBC”. To our members, how are you doing so far with your New Year’s resolutions? Have you lost one or two pounds yet? How are you doing with reading your Bible through this year? Don’t get behind. If you are, you can catch up this afternoon!

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Fun, Food, and Fellowship.

God impressed upon my mind and heart the word “CONNECT”. Let us all purpose in our minds and hearts to get more connected into the Word of God, the Holy Spirit and to each other. If we all improve our connectivity to God, it will not only improve our connectivity with our Brothers and Sis- ters in Christ, but also with the lost, to win them to Jesus Christ. Have you ever have a bad connection with someone on your cell phone? Thank God, as a Christian, our connec- tion to God is not dependent upon a modem or cell tower! Meet with God everyday and all through the day.

 
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MISSIONS MOMENT - Bob & Mary Anne Parschauer - Word of Life (European Representative)

December 2018

Jesus alone is worthy of GLORY from the angelic world, all the people in this world as well as the whole universe. May we also give Him the glory for all that He has done in us and through us. He alone is worthy. Since we last sent our newsletter, we have been kept busy in eastern Canada with camp chapels, church meetings, county fair, and missions conference, etc.

While in Germany, I met with many of our executive board members as well as about 200 former part-time staff who were meeting at the castles during that time. Approximately 600 people have been part of our German team over the years. It was a great privilege for me to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with them, to greet them and thank them for their faithful service to our German ministry.

Our German director, Marco Seeba, reported that in 2018, over 8,600 children and youth experienced a Word of Life camp, a musical, a school class camp or a confirmation camp. 580 people have received Jesus into their lives. The musical “Mary and Martha” this year was a “WOW Experience” for all who were involved. The power and motivation during practices at the camps, as well as the stage performances were overwhelming. 580 kids performed to over 5,000 relatives and friends. When 100 or more children from one community are on stage, everyone comes out to see them perform, and the Gospel is presented to many people who never enter the doors of a church. What a great evangelistic tool! Please be in prayer for Alex Lombardi and Gregor Breier who are heading up this massive program.

Plans were made to begin December 15th for thousands of visitors from miles around the castle to flood the Seeburg for “Burgfest,” the Christmas festival with the WOL German Brass and other music, drama, crafts, food, clowns, “koffee & kuchen,” fireworks, face painting, sand art, tours of the castle and more.

We could have given reports from all the other 17 countries where Word of Life has teams, but this time we want to concentrate on Germany because this was our first ministry country in Europe. In our next letter, we will report from some of the other countries. Thank you so much for your faithful support and prayers for us and our ministry. You are such an important part of all that is going on in Europe today! We give God all the glory. We want to wish you God’s richest blessings.

You can email Bob & Mary Anne at:

bobpsr@aol.com