June/July – Sent firstInternational
Beach Project(IBP - pictured on right) to the US to participate on the Summer
Beach Project. John Hunt & Shawn Cushen lead this team while they were on
* Opened a ministry at Seepatum University and Chankasem Teacher’s College.
* Bee on staff
1996 * Jam, Tukta, Dune, Dee (Seepatum grad) came on staff.
* The kids from our team are pictured on right. (Megan, Abbie, John Mark, Will and Matt)
November/December - Pete & Shannon Collins arrive on staff and study language in Lopburi with Overseas Missionary Fellowship’s language staff. Pete was part of the Bangkok team until returning to work with the Campus Outreach Mission’s office as a graphics designer.
July - Moe Montenegro arrived as a
single staff guy. He had originally come over on the 1994 CCP.
October - Gary & Robin Alward arrive as a new staff couple in Bangkok.
* Da and Noi (Feb 98)
* Dang (UTCC grad) on staff
March – Parinda (Bui) and Pattama
(Bla) come on staff preparing to be on the KhonKaen Team.
COT opened a new ministry at Kasetsart University in Bangkok.
May - Steve Lindenmeyer, along with his wife Marie, leads a new staff team to Thailand including Josh and Catherine Edmonds (from May ‘98 to March ’03) as well as Troy and Caroline Wilson (from May ‘98 to 2004).
May: After much prayer and investigation, Campus Outreach Thailand made its first expansion in the country. Part of the team moved to KhonKaen with Brian Firpo as the new campus/area director while Gregg Nicholson remained with the team in Bangkok at the Bangkok Area director.
---- Bangkok Team ----
Gregg Nicholson, Gary & Robin Alward, Pete & Shannon Collins, Betsy Lawler, & Tom & Molly Mullis.
Thai Staff: Da, Nam, Sinn, Tote, Noi, Silk
Bob McNabb family (country director; moved to KhonKaen as well)
---- KhonKaen Team ----
Brian & Terri Firpo, John & Melody Hunt, Steve & Marie Lindenmeyer, Troy & Caroline Wilson, Josh & Catherine Edmonds, Moe Montenegro.
Thai Staff: Dang & Watt, Bla, Bui, Dee
Julie Ehr becomes Covenant School KhonKaen’s first teacher. She later marries Gregg Nicholson on the Bangkok Team. Covenant School was formed to serve the growing needs of our missionary families.
December - Dang marries Watt. This is the beginning of the "Gritz" family!
* Dr. Frank Barker arrived under the
authority of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in order to particularize Covenant
Church Thailand as its own denomination or entity in Thailand.
April – COT held a joint 6-week course to help train our Thai students and those in the church. We called this the Leadership Training Institute (LTI). This later evolved into our Thai Summer Project (TSP).
August - Pam Spruell (now Angel) served as a Covenant School teacher in KhonKaen until May 2000. (see photo in Covenant School section)
Please choose from the links to see how the story of COT has unfolded over the years.