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IM Endorses Two Missionaries for Service in Thailand

April 29, 2013 News
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Debby and Kyle Witmer from Springville, Indiana, have been endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to serve in Thailand with IM’s partner, the Thailand Karen Baptist Convention (TKBC) at the Siloam Bible Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  The couple will work in pastoral education and leadership development. Kyle will also do continuing education with TKBC pastors and evangelists.

The Karen (pronounced Ka-wren’) is an ethnic tribal people group, a minority in Thailand. Karen young people who attend the Bible school wish to follow the call of God on their lives to be pastors and evangelists among the Karen villages in the hills of Thailand

Kyle currently serves as pastor of Avoca Baptist Church in Avoca, Indiana, where Debby also serves as worship leader and head of the missions committee. Their church is excited about partnering with them in this new area of ministry. Kyle and Debby home school their four children, Hannah (16), Brennan (12), Julia (10) and Emma (7), who will be serving with their parents in Thailand. 

When asked why they feel called to this ministry, they responded, “The church is called to make disciples of all ethnicities. Our sense of call to this ministry is a response to our call to serve the church. Leadership development is greatly needed. The work at Siloam is established and is helping pastors grow and learn, as well as calling new pastors in villages to the ministry.”

Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford, executive minister, ABC of Indiana & Kentucky, is enthusiastic about the couple’s call. “It is an honor for the ABC of Indiana and Kentucky to support Debby and Kyle as they respond to God’s call for this phase of their lives together. The Witmer’s call to global service through IM is the natural fruit of their deep personal spiritual disciplines, a lifelong openness and responsiveness to God’s leading and a passion for developing disciples and training leaders. In all areas of their lives they model biblical stewardship, with an enthusiastic expectation that our generous God will provide the necessary resources for all they are being called to do.”

As endorsed missionary candidates, the Witmers will be working in the months ahead to build their Missionary Partnership Network.  They will be inviting individuals, groups, and churches to partner with them by committing to share the spiritual, relational, and financial support needed for them to begin their ministry with the church leaders to whom God is calling them. 

Please join IM in celebrating this new endorsement and praying for Debby and Kyle and their children as they invite others to join them in “the journey to become all God has intended for us as Jesus’ disciples.” You may send words of encouragement and communicate directly with the Witmers at Learn more about the Witmers on the IM website: