Great Mission Church in Maesot, Tak Province was the site for the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Equipping the Saints (ETS) training on May 18, 2013. Pastor Jeraporn Sookthep and her church members were wonderful hosts for the day.
Our LHMT staff rode in a van for 7 hours to travel the 500 kilometers (300 miles) from Bangkok to Maesot on May 17 and back again on May 19. Although the trip was tiring, our staff were very happy to be able to conduct the training for 76 participants from 7 different churches.
It was especially nice to see that most of the people who attended were young adults, who were eager to learn how to share their faith with their families and friends. They had a lot of energy and enthusiasm throughout the day, as our LHMT staff presented the 7 ETS modules. They had good discussions and everyone enjoyed the songs and activities that accompanied the training sessions.
At the end of the day 41 people were commissioned as LHMT volunteers. Seventy-nine names were added to the list of people receiving encouraging Gospel text messages each week on their cell phones, including some non-Christian friends.
Everyone agreed that the day was a lot of fun and that they received very practical information about sharing their faith. They especially liked the Gospel bracelets. Some said that they were more confident and felt encouraged to witness to their friends. We later got the message that some of them immediately started sharing their faith when they returned home.
The pastor from one of the churches invited LHMT to conduct an ETS training at his church in Sukhothai Province in the future. We thank God for safe travel, for blessing the training and relationships with the participants and for providing us more opportunities to do ministry with churches throughout Thailand.