I first experienced Thailand at the age of 3 when my parents, Ricky and Tammy Salmon, moved there as missionaries. At age 6 I realized that I was a sinner in need of saving, and I prayed and accepted Jesus Christ. Growing up in a third world country gave me the opportunity to experience many great things, such as riding on elephants, eating sticky rice and fried bamboo worms, and drinking soda out of a plastic bag, but I was determined to never become a missionary.
When I was 12, however, the Lord had been doing a work in my heart and giving me a burden for the spiritually-darkened Thai people. That year, I surrendered to serve God and go wherever he would lead me. Throughout that time I was blessed to see my parents model ministry, leading the Thai people to Christ and discipling them. I was able to participate with my parents and brother in sports outreaches, English classes, and camps, all with the purpose of spreading the Gospel.I went on to study at an international university in Bangkok, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. I then returned to the United States to study missions at Baptist Bible College and Graduate School where I graduated with my Master’s in Church Ministry with an emphasis in missions. It was during that time that I began my relationship with Kayti, who became my wife on February 25, 2012.
We have been blessed to be members of Cherry Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri under the leadership of Pastor Dennis Jennings. It has been a privilege for us to serve full-time as missionary interns alongside such a committed and ministry-driven team for the past two years, better honing our ministry skills and serving in a variety of areas. It has been an exciting journey so far and we are looking forward to all the Lord will do!
I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home, with my grandfather, Wendell Correll, as my pastor. My parents led me to the Lord when I was 5 years old, and I began to grow in my faith. The summer after my first year of high school, the Lord impressed upon me that He wanted me to serve Him in full-time ministry for the rest of my life. I didn’t know what that would look like, but I was excited to find out where He would lead me! He gave me a passion for English, and when I graduated high school, I decided to study English Education, thinking at the time that God was leading me to be a full-time Christian school teacher.
It was during my time at Pensacola Christian College that the Lord made it clear that what He desired for me was a life of missions. My professors constantly pointed out the need for the Gospel around the world, and the Lord began to speak to my heart that I could help meet that need! I graduated from PCC with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education, then began to pursue the Missions Certificate at Baptist Bible College a year later. During that time, Shane and I had begun our relationship, and I was able to visit Thailand with him. The Lord gave such clear affirmation to me that Thailand was the place where I was to minister! Not only did he work in my heart a love for the people, but He also showed me how every step of His leading along the way pointed to Thailand. For example, one of the main ministry opportunities in Thailand is teaching English! How amazing that the Lord would align my passions with my future service–He is so good!
The past two years of training at Cherry Street Baptist Church have been such a valuable time for me! Our pastor has truly demonstrated what ministry really is, and he has taught and equipped us to minister fervently and effectively in Thailand. We are thankful for all that God has shown us in the last couple of years, and we are excited to begin the final stretch of our journey to begin ministry in Thailand!
I have a passion to see people saved and starting to grow in their faith, I love sports–real football (soccer), running, and any team sport. I have a great attachment to ketchup (a side-effect of growing up in Thailand), I’m fond of Mt. Dew, and last but not least, I enjoy playing the piano for my wife while she sings.
If coffee were a person, it would be my other best friend, besides Shane. Singing, reading, and running are some of my favorite things to do. I have a passion for photography, I enjoy cooking, and am a bit of a grammar geek.
Thailand, often called the “Land of Smiles,” is a country of great beauty, history, and commerce. Thailand is known for its large temples, beautiful beaches, and great food. The Thai way of life is “Sabai Sabai,” meaning, “just take it easy.”
Thailand is a country of 69.5 million people, roughly the size of the state of Texas. Buddhism is the national religion, with more than 95% of the Thai population claiming to be Buddhist. The second largest religion is Islam, with 4% of the Thai people following, and less than .5% of Thais claim Christianity. A spiritual darkness permeates the country, with the Buddhist religion at the center of all aspects of life, ranging from birth to education, weddings, workplace activities, family life, and community gatherings.
In 1991, Shane’s family moved to Thailand to begin winning Thais to Christ. Now it is our opportunity to make Thailand our field of ministry. The population is estimated to reach 70 million by 2015, and the younger generation has begun to question their Buddhist faith and traditions. This is a great time of opportunity for the Truth to be shared! Our passion is to reach the smiling, yet lost, Thai people with the truth of the Gospel of Christ. We pray to get to Thailand as quickly as possible, because we see that “the fields are white unto harvest…”
Last week, we began our discussion in response to the question, “Do missionaries really need your prayers?” As I mentioned in part 1… If you have been a member at a church for any amount of time, you probably (or I should say, hopefully!) see… “I saw the granddaddy this morning,” our friend Jake whispered to his wife conspiratorially. Kayti and I were in Merritt Island (suffering… Can you believe it is 2015?! I mean, movies were made about living in the far-away, future year of 2015! Before we…
Why Pray for Missionaries? (Part Two)
Why Pray for Missionaries? (Part One)
Conquering Big Hairy Problems
Don’t Miss Today for Yesterday
Last week, we began our discussion in response to the question, “Do missionaries really need your prayers?” As I mentioned in part 1…
If you have been a member at a church for any amount of time, you probably (or I should say, hopefully!) see…
“I saw the granddaddy this morning,” our friend Jake whispered to his wife conspiratorially. Kayti and I were in Merritt Island (suffering…
Can you believe it is 2015?! I mean, movies were made about living in the far-away, future year of 2015! Before we…
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