We are posting a newsletter from our MEANS long time ministry partner, Flor Ulan Taylor.

Flor was IVCF staff, working among high school students in the 70’s. God called her to study in England at All Nations College in England to prepare for full time missionary work.

That’s where she met Steve Taylor who had a call from God to serve in Thailand. After they got married, Flor and Steve went to Thailand as independent missionaries, sent by their home church (IVY Cottage Evangelical Church) in Didsbury, Manchester, England where Richard and Shirley Harbour (OMF missionaries on loan to ISCF) were the pastors.

Steve and Flor have been working with indigenous Thai churches under the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT) for nearly 30 years. They are faculty of Bangkok Bible Seminary where Steve is currently Dean.

Flor also authored a book published by OMF Litt entitled: “When God Tells You To Rest.” The book tells the story on God’s faithfulness to her when she was experiencing a ministry burn out. The book has become a blessing to many missionaries who had to deal with this problem in their ministry. We have some copies at home (for sale) if you are interested.

It was through the ministry of IVCF Philippines that Flor was trained, discipled and given the vision to serve God in full time missionary work.

Pray that future generations of IVCF students will respond to God’s call to serve in missions.
Let’s uphold them in our prayers. For those who want to get in touch with Flor, please email MEANS.

This new year update is so late!!! A number of good and exciting changes in our family have kept us occupied and the preparatory work for the accreditation of the seminary was quite demanding.
And in all that has happened, we PRAISE AND THANK THE LORD – HE IS TRULY GOOD!

FAMILY – David was with us over Christmas and he asked his Dad to baptise him in the sea (where, as a little boy, he had witnessed many baptisms of our Thai brethren). He is back in England and finding his work as a compliance and safety engineer challenging. He now regularly attends the Sunday evening service and the mid-week homegroup for young adults at St. David’s Church which he says he is enjoying.

Paul, who intended to stay with us for only 2 months and then go back to the UK to look for work, ended up landing a job in a Bangkok creative communications company! Paul testified in one of our Thai churches that it must be God who led! He started 22nd February.

Flor and Paul went to the Philippines early February – for Flor to get medical consultation and for Paul to get a new visa to Thailand. Flor is very thankful to her nephew-in-law (an ENT specialist) who examined her throat and explained in great detail what could be causing her throat problems. It was such a relief to hear a clear explanation of something that has been causing intermittent distress for 2 years now despite all the hospital visits and antibiotics. In short, Flor was seen to have crypted tonsils and was advised to have tonsillectomy. But it might have to be here in Thailand.

Steve has kept well and has been the helpful and dependable Dad that Paul and David have always known. It was quite moving seeing him give baptism “lessons” to David and later, baptising his own son.
Paul was also there to witness this lovely event (Paul was baptised in his school when he was 14, also at his own request).

– for Paul and David’s increasing surrender to God’s Lordship in their lives that they may fulfill His purposes for them in His Kingdom
– for God’s leading as to Flor’s tonsillectomy (presently canvassing different hospitals re prices)
– for continuing good health for Steve

MINISTRY – The accreditation process by the Asian Theological Association which the seminary has to undergo every 5 years went successfully. The accreditors were very pleased with the reports from the different departments.

Steve is going to Malacca, Malaysia on 28 February-5 March to teach on Asian contextualization to students of Master in Theology. On 8-12 March he teaches the Master of Ministry students here in Thailand. Both Steve and Flor will spend the rest of March in 3 conferences here in Thailand – the seminary’s year-end evaluation retreat, the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand conference and the Thailand Theological Association Conference.

May to September – Steve will be Acting Director of the Seminary as well as being Academic Dean. The BBS Director, Dr. Manoch Jangmook will take a 6-month sabbatical leave.

PLEASE PRAY – for safety in travel and for physical and spiritual strength for Steve in all that he is involved with in March. Please also pray for God’s wisdom and strengthening as he assumes a dual responsibility starting in May.

Thank you for praying for us. Many of you have prayed for Paul and David for years. Our God has been listening…and He is answering your prayers. We are truly grateful….. to you…… and to HIM.

Steve and Flor

ED: If you wish to get in touch with Flor, please send us an email at info@meansusa,org


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  1. Hello Dr. Taylor,

    I just read your paper, A prolegomia for the Thai Context. I thought it very insightful.

    My wife and I plan to relocate to Thailand (more than likely to the Khon Kaen area) in about 2 years. I’m trying to read up on Thai thought and culture so as to be better prepared. We have been working in Hong Kong and China for almost 25 years but feel God is leading us to Thailand.

    I was able to find another paper you wrote, Gaps in beliefs of Thai Christians.

    Can you suggest any other books or papers to get our feet wet?

    Thank you.

    In Him,

    Bruce Campbell

    Christar Hong Kong, Ltd.

    General Secretary

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