2015-2016 Furlough Schedule

April 5, 2015—Red Bluff Baptist, Sylvania, GA

April 12, 2015—Central Baptist, Greeneville, TN

April 17-20—Tri City Baptist, Independence, MO

April 21-26—Fairfax Baptist Temple, Fairfax, VA

May 3—Bethany Baptist, Brevard, NC

May 10—New Beginnings, Limestone, TN

May 17—Eastside Baptist Church, Greeneville, TN.

May 24 PM—Bethel Baptist, Schaumburg, IL (we will stay in Chicago all week)

May 24 AM—Romeoville Bible Baptist, Romeoville, IL

May 31—No meeting scheduled yet (Anniversary Weekend)

June 7—No meeting scheduled yet

June 10—Friendship Baptist, Raleigh, NC

June 14—Bethany Hills Baptist, Raleigh, NC

June 21—Oakwood Baptist, Anderson, SC

June 28—Bible Baptist, Hampton, GA

July 5—Heritage Baptist, Windam, NH

July 12—Bethel Baptist, Sellersville, PA (pm only)

July 17-19—Hurst Baptist, Sylvania, GA

July 26—Immanuel Ind. Baptist Church—Brooklet, GA

July 27-August 1—The Wilds (Lindsey, Erica, Trevor will be campers)

August 2—No meeting scheduled yet

August 9—Olatheview Baptist, Olathe, KS

August 16—No meeting scheduled yet (looking for mtgs in KS)

August 23-26–Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, TN

August 30—Calvary Baptist, York, PA

September 6—Valley Forge Baptist Temple, Valley Forge, PA

September 12-13-14—Harvest Hills Baptist, Yukon, OK

September 15-20 AM—Central Baptist, Greeneville, TN

September 20 pm service-September 23—Twin City Bible Church, Nitro, WV

September 24-28—Whitneyville Bible Church, Alto, MI

September 30—Mio Baptist, Mio, MI

October 4-7—Faith Baptist, Warren MI

October 11—Community Baptist, Saginaw, MI

October 12-14—BWM Annual Meeting, Crosspointe Baptist, Indianapolis, IN

October 18—Calvary Baptist, Geneva, IL

October 21-25—Calvary Baptist, Ottawa, KS

November 1—Hillsdale Baptist, Tampa, FL (Am only)

November 4-8—Calvary Baptist, Huntsville, AL

November 15—Colonial Bible Church, Midland, TX

November 18 and 22—Grace Life, Cypress, TX

November 29—Carol Baptist, Atchison, KS

December 6–Abilene Bible Baptist, Abilene, KS

December 13–

December 20

December 27

January 3

January 10–Hillcrest Baptist Church, Logansport, IN

January 17—Bible Baptist Church, West Pointe, MS

January 24-27—First Baptist Church, LaSalle, IL

February 6, 2016—Return to Thailand

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Guidelines for Transition into Thai Ministry

1) Forget everything you’ve ever learned. All your assumptions, preconceived notions, and opinions about how ‘ministry’ should look here.
 
2) Be a learner, not a teacher. This is hard after deputation. It’s especially hard for Americans.
 
3) Realize that asking direct questions to Thais will rarely give you anything but an affirmative answer.
 
4) Remember that at this point in time, the Thais will say or do anything to please you.
 
5) Even the best Thai English speakers often only understand a fraction of what you are saying. Idioms and compound phrases pass right by them with little comprehension.
 
6) A Thai person will rarely, if ever, say ‘I don’t understand’ when talking to you. It’s humiliating to them.
 
7) Expect stress. Heat, isolation, no communication, and lots of people will make life tough for you.
 
8) Modesty is a necessity, not an option. By ‘modesty’ I’m referring to the Thai standards of modesty, not American standards. It’s incredibly contradictory to teach religion but dress in a way that makes Thais uncomfortable.
 
9) We might have to limit our liberty to increase our ministry.
 
10) The Thai pastor is the ultimate authority in the local church. Give him respect and take a backseat to his leadership.