Mar 23 - Apr 1, 2023
Shane and Kayti Salmon
Surin Baptist Church
Shane Salmon grew up in Thailand as a missionary kid. He went to the United States for graduate school and met his wife Kayti while they both were studying missions at Baptist Bible College. They married in 2012 and moved to Thailand in 2016. They have two young boys, Judah and Quinn. Shane and Kayti partner with Shane’s parents at Bangjak Baptist Church in Bangkok.
The church that will be partnering with MMO is Surin Baptist Church. This church is located in the northeastern part of Thailand. Surin Baptist was planted by missionary Jim Hayes in 1982 and is now led by Pastor Sadudee. Their church ranges from children to senior citizens in attendance. Surin Baptist, in addition to Sunday services, hosts discipleship programs and the church is located across from the provincial high school and has a youth ministry. They host community outreaches in surrounding villages and communities and also have an expat ministry for the Filipino teachers that are located in the city. When asked about their goal for this week of partnership, the church’s response is: “We are praying that we will see people hear a clear presentation of the Gospel, that people will accept Christ, and that those with physical ailments will receive good care.”
Important information about healthcare and culture from our host missionary:
Those in the surrounding communities and villages often have trouble with vision, some are in need of wheelchairs, and an overall lack of common medical knowledge.
The Thai people are welcoming, friendly, and kind. Thailand has a rich culture of traditions, delicious food, and a strong loyalty to family.
It’s easy to stay in touch with the Salmons!
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Thailand - the “Land of Smiles” - is a beautiful country full of color that has a population of nearly 70 million. People are friendly and smile often. When in country, try to eat Pad Thai as much as possible, as the stir-fried noodle dish can’t be beat. The country is predominantly Buddhist, a religion claimed by 94% of Thais. Christians account for only about 1% of the population. Though a wonderful place to visit, this country in the Golden Triangle has a tragic history with opium. Some areas are known for human trafficking, which has led to an abundance of orphans, AIDS patients, homelessness, drug addictions, and a terribly high suicide rate. The Gospel is needed to bring about the life transformation desperately needed.
For more country information, visit the World Factbook.
Our plan is to offer medical and optical care to this community. If you are a dental or physical therapy professional interested in potentially serving on this team, please fill out an INTEREST FORM to inquire about offering this service. Every patient who receives care will hear the gospel from a member of this local church.
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