May Fellowship Week

   Every  May we look forward to Fellowship Week at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. It is a great time seeing missionary friends and catching up with pastors from around the country. 

   Our favorite day is always “Missions Day” when we get to meet the new missionaries getting approved. We were able to see several friends get approved as Career Missionaries & WIN Missionaries, which is a huge blessing! It’s also a blessing and honor to see missionaries that are recognized for their service for 30 & 50 years. What a great testimony of God’s faithfulness and provision!

Thai Tidbits

News From the Field:  It’s always great to hear of the exciting things going on in Thailand, and we wanted to bring a few of those requests and praises to you. 

   There  are several  English  students that  have shown interest in salvation recently. One of these is Rico, who we believe is very close to accepting Christ. Another is a deaf college student named Noon. Recently, she was very convicted but scared to take that step of faith because of her mom. Please pray for both of these individuals that they  would soon  accept  Christ.  Also, please be in prayer for the missionaries there that are continuing to witness to them.

   This past Sunday (June 2), we got word that Mr. Fone, a man we’ve been praying for over a year, got baptized! He accepted Christ in his apartment on his own recently and was excited to get baptized as soon  as possible.  We  are so thrilled  to  hear  how  the Lord is continuing to work in Thailand and are excited to get there as soon as possible to help out in the ministry there.

 Prayer Requests

  1. Pray for our doctors and nurses as we prepare for Henry’s arrival. (ETA: 7/9/19)

  2. Pray for comfort for Becka in these last few weeks of pregnancy.

  3. Pray that our calendar would continue to fill up for 2019 and 2020.





Missionaries to Thailand


Remarks From The Pastor - June 23, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Good morning church and welcome to our worship service.  All this past week, Monday night through Friday night, an army of volunteers served God by serving children at our Vacation Bible School.  On our first night, we had over 90 children!  Thanks to the leadership of Becky Porter, the week went smoothly and the children got to learn about God and His Son Jesus Christ.   The overall theme of the week was, “Life is Wild – God is Good.” Each child heard a message of hope every night.  At the time I am writing this, the number of salvations has not yet been turned into the office, but I had several opportunities to invite parents to come and visit our church.  I truly want to commend our teens and the adults who gave of their week nights to share God to the children of our community.  To God be the glory!

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   We have so much to praise the Lord for this past month, so let’s start with a story about a man named Bret. One Sunday, he literally stumbled into our evening service. After the services, we did our best to counsel him with a warm cup of coffee and eventually one of our families walked him home. Days later, Richie  saw him  in town, but this time he was able to have a coherent conversation. After talking awhile, Richie told Brett how to be forgiven. That day, Brett prayed to be saved! Since then, there have been extreme “ups” and “downs,” but we are praising the Lord that Brett has started attending our Wednesday night Bible study faithfully for the past few weeks. Please pray for Brett to have victory over the strongholds in his life as well as his spiritual growth.

   As we continue in our time of praise, we also want to give you an update on the young lady from Germany, Michelle, who got saved back in March. This past month, she decided to follow the Lord in baptism. Please keep her in your prayers because by the time you receive this letter, she will have already returned home. Her family are not believers, and she will have very little spiritual support. We have connected her with a missionary family in Germany, and there are talks of planting a church where she lives.

   To share another praise worthy bit of news with you, the night  of Michelle’s  baptism,  another young  lady,  Ola from Poland who is also an exchange student, wanted us to explain to her in more detail about what the Bible says about salvation. The following week, just before the evening service started, Ola came to us and said she was ready to be saved! She returns home in July, so please pray for her spiritual growth while we have a few more weeks with her.

Prayer Requests

  • The spiritual growth of these new believers as we disciple them

  • The spiritual attacks that come with all the victories

  • We have camp coming up in July with 10 of us going

  • In July, we are planning our biggest community outreach thus far

  • For more souls to be saved

  • For our family as we serve faithfully here in Wales







Reaching Hearts in Taiwan


Remarks From The Pastor - June 16, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church this morning!  If you are a guest today, please take the time to say hello to me out in the lobby after the service. 

Today is Father’s Day.  We have a practical gift for all the fathers present today.  Please be sure to get yours at the conclusion of the service. 

I believe a Godly father will leave his imprint on his children for the rest of their lives.  I once read that the bond that links a family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other.  May God bless our fathers.

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April 2019

 We hope you had a great time celebrating Easter, and most recently, Mother's Day with your church and the people you love! This time of year is always full of fun, excitement, and opportunities to share the Gospel in big ways! In Thailand, summer is already in full swing, with temperatures in the 90's and 100's, even before considering the heat index! Since our last letter, we have celebrated Judah's 3rd birthday, the Thai New Year (Songkran), and Easter. We can't wait to fill you in on all that's happened.


As we mentioned already, in April, Judah turned 3 years old! Thank you to those of you who sent Judah birthday cards! Every time we received one in the mail and read it to Judah, his face was just beaming! As Judah's vocabulary, understanding, and curiosity grows, we really ask that you would pray for him, as well as for us. He really loves to hear Bible stories, and his spirit seems tender to the Lord. Please pray that he would come to trust Christ as his Savior as soon as possible as we continue to share with him about Jesus. Also, now, more than ever, he is noticing all the Buddhist temples and is starting to ask about the people he sees bowing before statues and praying. Please pray for us to have wisdom about how to answer his questions in a truthful way, but also in a grace-filled way.


Easter this year was a wonderful time at Bangjak Baptist Church. Fresh back from a short furlough, my dad, Ricky Salmon, preached the message, I led our choir in special Easter music, and Kayti sang one of the solos. We also saw two new believers baptized after the service. There is perhaps no more exciting way to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior than that! With a full room, the atmosphere was charged with voices of Thai, Filipino, Libyan, Pakistani, British, American, and Chinese people in attendance. We were also thankful to see the faces of some members and non-members who have not attended in a long time. We are so thankful for the resurrection of Christ, and we are always praying for more ways and opportunities to tell the people here who have never heard about it!


Another thing that we look forward to during the Summer is our youth soccer camp. This year, we had 20 athletes participate in the three-day camp, and our church's song and youth leader, named Easter, taught the twice-daily Bible lessons. We were happy to see several hands raised after lessons, indicating interest in learning more about Jesus, and we were excited to see three teens trust Christ as their Savior! Please pray that these athletes--both saved and unsaved--will get connected to the church so they can learn more about Christ and begin to serve Him.


We've told you about our new modular English courses that we started in March. We are ecstatic to tell you that the Lord has continued to bring new students our way! So many, in fact, that after the first few weeks, we had to set limits on our class sizes, because we just don't have enough teachers or rooms to hold more. Every week, we see students from high school or college-age, all the way to some who are business owners, college professors, and retirees. What an amazing door the Lord has opened for us to reach into the lives of many different people who need to hear from Him! 

One college-aged student, Aon, had accepted Christ as her Savior, but was searching for a church. She joined our English program and immediately became involved in the church--helping with activities and singing in the choir. Aon also brought friends with her to study English with us, and brought her mom to participate in our Songkran celebration. Not only that, but was also one of the two people who followed the Lord in baptism on Easter Sunday! We are encouraged to see how the Lord is using the English program to bridge the gap between our church and both our unsaved and newly-believing students.

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Shane & Kayti Salmon

Taking Truth to Thailand



Remarks From The Pastor - June 9, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church this morning!  If you are a guest today, please take the time to say hello to me out in the lobby after the service.  

Tomorrow I will be driving ten of our church teens to The Wilds Bible Camp in Brevard, N.C.  Please pray for our safety and for our hearts to be open to the voice of God drawing us closer to Him.  

As a father, I am looking forward to next Sunday, as it is a day set aside to honor the fathers in our morning service.   Someone once wrote, “It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.”

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   A Spring of Family Ministries

   This year our church’s Easter celebration was a very special event seeing God’s house full of people. God blessed with over 53 packed into our church building. We still have many who are in need of salvation. Please pray with us that their hearts will be transformed by the power of the Gospel.

   This spring has also been a special time for Mothers as we both celebrated Mother’s Day and welcomed another new baby into our church family. Jessica was also given a special opportunity to speak in Chinese at a ladies’ baby shower event where she did an excellent job. Our ladies and children’s ministries continue to experience exponential growth, and we praise God for the continued influence we are able to have on those who are shaping the next generation of young people in Taiwan.

   These past months have also been a great start to our new monthly ministry for men and fathers. We have seen God bless with a continued increase of those attending our events, and we have been able to use these times to reach out to some of the husbands of the women in our church who, in the past, had no desire to attend a church service. Max is one of those men, and we ask that you please pray with us that we are able to lead him and many other of these men to faith in Christ.

   On a personal note, please pray for our daughter, Adeline as she will be beginning school here in Taiwan at the end of July.

The Church Keeps Growing

This spring we have seen a steady increase in the number of visitors who have come to our ministry and outreaches. One young lady, Wendy, came to Taipei for college and found us online. She began coming to our church and shared her story of being the only Christian in her family. We quickly adopted her into our church and loved her like a sister.She recently began discipleship in our church and, after a clear understanding of salvation testimony and Biblical baptism, she, by statement of her precious faith, joined Hope Baptist Church



Corey & Jessica Kershner

Reaching Hearts in Taiwan

   We wanted to send you our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for having us into your church to present our ministry and burden for the people of Korea. It was an absolute joy to be with you and fellowship in the name of Jesus Christ with you all. We wanted to send you our sincerest gratitude for taking care of our every need while we were with you. God will not forget your labor of love toward us. We thank you for the wonderful hotel accommodations. We thank you for the tickets to the NASA Space Center. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Further, we thank you for your grace and love toward us in the generous love offering you provided to help meet our needs. You went above and beyond, and we thank you for your grace toward us. We thank you for your prayers and commitment to support us for $75 a month. We are overjoyed with the thought of being your representatives to reach the people of Korea with the Gospel. We will be praying for you all and for God’s blessings to be upon you. May God bless you all as you seek to serve Christ more. We love you and thank the Lord for you.  Kurt, Rachel, Samuel and Annaliese Robertson

Contact Information

Email: Belistrengthever@gmail.com



Kurt and Rachel Robertson

Following in His Footsteps to Korea

Remarks From The Pastor - June 2, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Good morning and welcome to our worship time at Temple Baptist Church. Summertime is when many families take a vacation.  Vacations are needful to get away from the routines of life and to be able to rest and reflect. Since creation, God has taught that a scheduled, consistent period of rest is a good thing. God put down His paintbrush, and He rested His hands from forming His creation. He ceased. He didn’t need the rest, yet that’s exactly what He did. He stopped and let His newly-formed creation continue around Him. His example shows the way we should live – balancing work and rest. Some people are consumed by fun, rest and hobbies. At no time should these things control us; we must control them. We should use our free time, our vacation days, our breaks – and not let them use us. God isn’t against hobbies, sports, amusements and other relaxing activities… unless we pursue them out-of-balance with our other time and work investments. God’s not against fun, but He is against disobedience (sin)… so make sure that your fun doesn’t come at the price of not doing the right things at the right time with the right people! For example: Going on vacation with your family can be a blast – but you don’t always have to miss church while you’re away. And don’t spend your tithe money to pay for your vacation. Make sure your vacation fun doesn’t cost you something greater in the long run.

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     Since our last prayer letter, there have been many exciting things that have taken place! On April 14, Josh was ordained by our home church in Westerville, OH. It was a stressful night, but also  a  night to  celebrate  God  calling  him  into the  gospel ministry. It was great to have an awesome group of men on his ordination council. There were also several family members that came out to make the night even more special.

   On  May  1,  we  were  approved as career missionaries to Honduras. Our first term on the field was a time of training and learning. When we go back, we will be working independently from  the other family we were working with.  We will be  spending the next 5 months traveling and reporting to existing churches and also visiting many new churches to raise more ministry support.

   As we return to the field this October, there are also big changes. The couple we were working with will not be returning to the field, so we will step into their ministry and oversee the works they had started. What this means to us is that we will be helping grow the church, training three young men that have surrendered their lives to the ministry, helping run a Manna feeding center, and working to make disciples. While this is a huge responsibility, we are looking forward to the opportunities that God has given us, and can’t wait to see how He will work all things out!   

Prayer Requests

* Safety while traveling this summer

* Wisdom in planning for ministry in Honduras


* Successful ordination

* God providing ministry direction

* Two new church partners


Web: taylors2honduras.com   Facebook: Hope for Honduras

Email: taylors2honduras@gmail.com

Baptist Bible Fellowship International

Josh, Erin, Caleb, Micah and Rebekah Taylor



Josh and Erin Taylor

Hope For Honduras

Remarks From The Pastor - May 26, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Good morning and welcome to Temple Baptist Church on this Memorial Day Sunday. 

Our United States of America is blessed to have the strongest military in the world!  Our military readiness is unmatched.  We should pray for our men and women who stand on the walls of freedom and risk their lives to protect ours and the freedoms we have as Americans every day. Memorial Day weekend, is when our nation pays tribute to all our military men and women who have given their lives in the Armed Forces.  Today, let us pray for the loved ones of our military, asking God to bless them for giving us their sons, daughters, moms and dads.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.   John 15:13

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