MISSIONS MOMENT - Shane & Kayti Salmon - Missionaries to Thailand

March—April 2018

A Great Easter:  We hope that Easter this year was a wonderful day of celebration for each of you! It was a great day at Bangjak Baptist. We had a great  attendance,  I was able  to lead the choir in one of our favorite specials yet, and we even got to see a shadow play put on by the deaf ministry! We are thankful for the Lord's resurrection, and for the opportunity to share it in a place where most have never heard about it!

Futsal  Camp:   Our  futsal  camp  is  upon  us!  Each  year,  my  parents' non-profit organization, Friendship Bridge, puts on a camp for its futsal teams. Camp includes hours of practice, fun games, and Bible lessons twice  each  day.  Camp  started  May 3rd, and finished on the 5th. We prepared for between 20-30 kids to participate this year. Last year we saw 7 accept Christ as their Savior, and we are praying for more to surrender their lives to Christ this year.

New Bible Study Group:  We were so excited to be able to start a new Bible study for young professionals this past month! We have met twice already at our house with between 8 and 9 people each time, and we are looking forward to our meeting next week! We have a great mix of long-time believers, new believers, and an unsaved lady in our group so far! Please pray that through this Bible study we will see hearts changed!

Reconnecting Through a New Prep Course:  Along with our new Bible study, we are involved in a new English class as well!  Kayti is teaching a TOEFL prep course. The TOEFL is an intensive English exam geared toward college level adults and above who are interested in studying or working in primarily North America.  Each Saturday, after the class, I teach a short Bible study as well. This class has enabled us to reconnect with some young members of the church who have not been faithful, and we are hoping this renewed relationship will bring them back to serving the Lord! Please be praying for Kayti, as teaching a course like this takes many hours of preparation each week!

The Lord at Work:  Master is a 16-year-old guy who first came into contact with my parents' ministry a few years ago through soccer. Since he started coming, unruly at first, the Lord began to work in Master's heart, until he trusted Christ in 2016!

Since that time, he has been a leader on the soccer field, and a faithful member of the church, even through the heartbreaking loss of his mother a little over a year ago. Master's faith has not gone unnoticed at home. Recently, his dad, Mr. Fone, started coming to church for the first time! He has expressed multiple times how he is thankful that Master is coming to church and being able to help with our soccer ministry. It is so exciting to see him in our Thai Sunday school class and showing so much interest! He asks a lot of questions, and last Sunday, he even memorized his first Bible verse! I know that we--and Master!--would really appreciate your prayers for the salvation of Mr. Fone. We look forward to the day that we can tell you about the fruit of those prayers!

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Remarks From The Pastor - May 20, 2018

Good Morning Church Members and Guests

Good morning!  Last week we recognized our graduates from various institutions of learning.

 We need to pray for them and also for ourselves that, as Christians, we be a people with integrity.

  Senior Pastor Tom  Porter

Senior Pastor Tom  Porter

 Let us all obey the scriptures and provoke one another to do our best and to establish godly integrity into our lives.  Integrity is the state of being of sound moral principal, upright and sincere. Proverbs teaches us that it is better to be poor and have integrity than to be rich because of deception.   Job confirmed God’s confidence in him by proving that his integrity was not dependent upon how much he had or how well it was going for him.   Job had every excuse to become bitter, complaining and resentful.  He lost his wealth, his family, and his health all in a day.  It was his integrity – who he was when things were good and when things were bad – that maintained his walk with and trust in God.  When we choose to conduct ourselves with integrity, we will, without fail, find the paths of blessings for ourselves and for our families. 

 To show support for our graduates, we all need to be present tonight at 6:00 PM for Temple Christian School’s 2018 graduation ceremony.  Mr. Robbie Hallock, a TCS 2004 graduate, will be our commencement speaker.

PASTOR TOM

MISSIONS MOMENT - Kerry and Terri Psinas - Missionaries to Grenada

March 2018

WOW!  We just finished over 4,800 miles on the road!  In 34 days, we traveled through 10 different states and spoke in 13 different churches.  Five of those were missions conferences.  We slept in 14 different beds during those 34 days!  The challenge of sleeping in that many different beds is trying to remember the layout of the room in the middle of the night!

     I (Kerry) do not like to talk about finances, and it is a very rare occasion that I do in a prayer letter.  We just got an email informing us that one of our supporting churches closed its doors.  One church would not be that alarming, but this is the THIRD supporting church of ours that has now closed!  We want you all to know that we are not quitters.  We thank God for each one of you who are praying and still supporting this ministry.  We will never take that for granted.  Please pray that God would raise up new churches and families to partner with us as He has us incredibly engaged in this Grenada ministry.

     After being back home for only 48 hours, we are unpacking and repacking to head for a missions conference in Indiana, and then another one in Ohio.  Because of all the churches the Lord has sent us to over the past year, we are sold out for the 2018 missions trips and 50% sold out for 2019!  Thank You, Lord!

Mike & Diane Peper, Salt & Light for Sierra Leone

     The election for the new President of Sierra Leone took place April 7, and the results were given on the 11th.  The opposition party candidate won and has been sworn into office.  Although there were disturbances throughout the country on the 12th, everything has since been peaceful.  At first, we had been told the new President was a Muslim, but we have found out that he is a Catholic.  I will be returning to Sierra Leone the end of April. Please pray for God’s blessings upon us and the ministry.

     Diane will be working with our schools and conducting seminars with our  teachers.  My focus will be on our churches, the buildings that are being constructed, establishing a special children’s ministry, teaching in our Bible Institute and preparing for the military seminar the first week of June.

The financial needs are enormous at this time.  Besides the monies provided for three of our buildings, we have need for the completion of two others.  The seminar will be budgeted at $5,000.  The set-up cost for the special children’s ministry—canopy, benches, tables, etc., will be about $500.

     I am  extremely  grateful for  your  faithfulness to this wonderful harvest field.

 

 

Remarks From The Pastor - May 13, 2018

Good Morning Church Members and Guests

Today we come before the Lord with thanksgiving in our hearts for Mothers!  It has been said, A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” 

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Pastor Charles Stanley once said, Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day, women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.  All mothers here today will receive a gift.

 

Today we will also be recognizing some of our graduating students.

MISSIONS MOMENT - Kris & Rose Marie Blumer - Missionaries to Peru

  Kris & Rose Marie Blumer

Kris & Rose Marie Blumer

March 2018

     Nichol listened to the preaching of God’s Word intently.  The following week he remained in the room but was occupied with something else.  At least he didn’t leave.  I cannot say how much he listened.  Pray for the Word to sprout.

     I am in five of these neighboring villages regularly.  Several other villages exist; nearly out of reach for a day trip there and back.  Bible studies there are still one-on-one.  I meet with three families and make several other stops along the way including two public schools.  In May we will begin a Saturday Bible study outreach for families in Antapuecro where Mr. Nichol is.

     Great News!  Three weeks ago in Antioquia, the administrator of the public high school called a brief meeting with me to discuss doing things differently this year.  I felt a little like Nehemiah, so I prayed like Nehemiah!  Rather than downsizing the outreach, she asked me to increase it by giving a chapel each week!  The auditorium is nothing more than an empty classroom which holds about 40 seated students.  Last week there were 25 including ourselves and some teachers.  A few of the instructors had not received the word and could not change their class schedule that day.  However, God is Sovereign, and Lord willing for the next three weeks I’ll be making an entrance to the gospel with the entire school.  As I had done before, I am still taking some of my own LMCS students along to mentor them in personal evangelism.  I beg you to pray for this new open door.  Please bear in mind that the village priest has the position to end the services, but he does not have the power.  Only God has that.

2018 Ministry Goals

Church Plant:  Currently we are working the church plant which has a weekly Sunday  service  and Sunday  School hour that I teach.  The Sunday church services  average  60-70.  We  also meet  with  members  and  visitors once per week for Bible study. This quarter we have moved the meeting from Thursday to Wednesday, which is difficult because it is the same day I go to the villages of Antioquia.  Pray for travel safety.

Resources:  The Lord is richly blessing, especially with the vehicle.  It has been used over and over for hauling supplies and used when others are in need of transportation.  Although we miss riding the public bus and talking with the day workers going to and from their jobs, in reality the vehicle has opened up a more flexible schedule.    

Pray for specific vehicle needs.

Help:  We have been praying for a Peruvian National to join in and help with the rural village ministries.  Arturo, a 2013 PCC graduate is accompanying me each week.  He has been praying for God to give him a ministry to work in.  If the Lord wills, the partnership will be greatly useful in the cultural and linguistic areas.

Other Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Antioquia village missions
  • Mission teams and our family visiting in 2018
  • 2018 ministry budget review
  • Dedicated time to prepare lessons and preaching
  • PRAISE!  New tires!
  • PRAISE!  Auturo assisting in rural villages

 

              

Remarks From The Pastor - May 6, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Good morning church.  Today’s message is about our church being like a lighthouse in our community.  In John 8:12,Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” 

We as a church need to be light.  Light removes darkness.  Matthew 5:16 tells us as Believers in Jesus to, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”  The main reason for a lighthouse is to give out a warning.  We as the church need to also be giving out the warning that there is a literal eternal Hell and Jesus is the way, the truth and the life to miss Hell and go to Heaven. 

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MISSIONS MOMENT - Shane & Kayti Salmon - Missionaries to Thailand

January—February 2018

New Year, New Teammate:  The New Year brought with it a new team member  for  Bangjak  Baptist Church.   We have known Lu May for several years from our home church, Cherry Street Baptist, and it is so exciting to have him here!  He has experience with teaching, serving—in the church as well as in the US military—and he will certainly be an asset to my parents’ ministry.  Please be praying for Lu as he adjusts to the culture, begins serving, and starts his language studies.

Another Open Door For Discipleship:   It is  always  refreshing  and exciting to find new opportunities to minister.  Toward the end of last year, a young Chinese man began attending our church.  After a few weeks, he told me he was interested in studying the Bible.

     At our first Bible study, he expressed his doubts about whether all of God’s Word was really inspired.  For the last few weeks, we have been focusing on the foundation for our faith, God’s Word, and the fact that it is inspired, inerrant, and sufficient.  Though we cannot tell you his name, please be praying for this friend and his search to know the truth about God and His Word.

Priceless Gifts For Athletes:   In  February,  Friendship  Bridge,  my  parents’  nonprofit  organization,  hosted a  futsal  competition  for athletes under 16.  We had about 70 athletes who participated in the competition.   This  allows  us  to  get  to  know  the  teams  in  our community better.  As the hosts, we were also able to pass out New Testaments to each athlete.  Please pray for the salvation of the soccer players, that they would read their New Testaments, and that the Lord would work in their hearts.  And please keep praying for the players on our team as they continue to hear the Gospel each week.

A Great Visit:  Another highlight from last month was a visit from our BBFI field representative for Southeast Asia, Pastor Kevin Kolb.  He and two of his daughters, Emma and Ellie, jumped in on the ministries here, and we got to show them the sights as well.

Pastor Kolb’s coming gave us the opportunity to hold a discipleship seminar for pastors and laypeople in and around our area.  I was able to translate for Pastor Kolb as he gave great lessons about the reasons for and the practice of discipling the people around us.  We are thankful for this encouraging visit!

Prayer Requests

* Shane’s discipleship with Pong and our other friend

* Kayti’s continual language practice, for courage and patience

* Becka McMurphy’s trip back to the US, preparations for her wedding and approval as a career missionary

 

 

 

Remarks From The Pastor - April 29, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Good morning church and greetings to all in the service!  God has richly blessed us who live in the United States of America.  Most people around the world today live in poverty.  I feel God has blessed our nation because the founders sought out a land to live and worship freely.  God has also blessed America because many of our founding fathers were asking God for spiritual guidance in laying out the governing laws.

Yet Spain, for example, set sail to other lands to find gold.  The founding fathers of our great nation realized that without the hand of God, there can be no true comfort.  

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

In the Bible Study today you will study about this very fact-that true and lasting comfort only comes from God.  You will read 2 Cor. 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforted us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

If you are not attending Bible Study on Sunday mornings I want to encourage you to join a class.  We have classes for all ages.  Adult teachers are Mr. Chuck Tanner who teaches in room #104, Mr. Mike Barnes teaches in the main auditorium, and Mr. Garry Colvin teaches in room #107.  All children’s Bible Study classes, Teens, & College age meet in the second building.  

Being a part of a Sunday school class is a great way to get to know fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

PASTOR TOM

Iona Hunt

Iona Hunt, a long-time member of Temple Baptist Church, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 

Iona will be remembered as a faithful friend, wonderful mother and Nana to grandchildren and great grandchildren and having a great love for her Savior, Jesus Christ.She is survived by son Michael of Homestead, FL, daughter Lynne (Ed) of Newnan, GA, grandchildren, Hope, Kerri, Russell and Alex; and, two great grandchildren, Ben and Faithe along with 2 sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, McAlpin, FL on Monday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.  Higgins Funeral Home and Daniels Funeral Home are coordinating arrangements.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 1400 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796.

MISSIONS MOMENT - Corey & Jessica Kershner - Missionaries to Taiwan

March 2018

Marching Forward: We began March inviting Emily Lwo, a missionary helper, to share her ministry of reaching women and children in Asia and helping train ministry workers in local churches to reach Asian families and make disciples of children.  Our church family was excited about her ministry and motivated to partner with her, making her one of our church’s first missionary partnerships.  What a blessing it was to see our people have a heart for missions and have the passion to follow through in helping see it done!

We also had the opportunity to give our worship area and children’s ministry some needed improvement.  With the addition of a chair railing and new duo-tone walls, our church looks great! This update also gave us an opportunity to reconnect with a man who has visited our church in the past but has not yet placed his faith in Christ.  Please pray that we are able to see fruit from this connection with Mario.  

In Taiwan, it is normal to have guests come for weeks before being open to talk about the gospel.  The last week of March, we were able to share the gospel with Chanel, one of the ladies who has been coming to our services regularly in March.  With her salvation assured, we are now moving to place her with one of our mentors to begin discipleship.  Please pray for her.

New Wheels for Ministry:  We were blessed to purchase our first vehicle in Taiwan.  With a growing family and ministry opportunities, we prayed that God would give us a nice vehicle we could use for both.  God allowed us to connect with another believer in Taiwan who was selling a gently used van for well under market value.  What a blessing it was to see God answer
prayer so quickly!

With our Taiwan license in tow, we have already been able to use
our van to help bring some precious Taiwanese people to church. We
thank you for helping provide the needed funds to purchase this
blessing.

Pray & Connect

  • Mario’s salvation
  • Chanel beginning discipleship
  • Wisdom as our partners leave for furlough

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