For a number of years the Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) has been providing support for Sahathai Takuapa Lutheran Church and Sahathai KhokKloi Lutheran Church in southern Thailand. Their financial assistance, training and prayers have been very important for strengthening the churches and helping it grow.
On January 20, 2011 Rev. Robert Bugbee, President of the LCC, met with members of the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC) in Bangkok. Rev. Bugbee was kind enough to open the meeting with a devotion and to inform the group about the LCC and its ministries. He also heard a presentation about the history, structure and ministries of the TCLC. The Lutheran Hour Ministries director, who serves as the TCLC secretary, joined that meeting and was able to get to know Rev. Bugbee better during informal conversations. She also had the opportunity to do a presentation about the ministries of the Lutheran Hour in Thailand.
In the afternoon Rev. Bugbee participated in a discussion on the agreement and relationship between the LCC and TCLC, the relationship between the LCC and Sahathai Takuapa Lutheran Church and Sahathai KhokKloi Lutheran Church and other issues.
At the end of the day everyone was very pleased with the meeting and happy to be able to gain better understanding and to build stronger connections between the groups.
The members of TCLC are very grateful to Rev. Bugbee for traveling so far to personally learn about Thailand and TCLC. We thank Rev. Dr. Leonard Harms, former director of Luther Institute Southeast Asia, for arranging Rev. Bugbee’s trip to Thailand. We thank God for blessing our meetings and pray that the partnership between the LCC and TCLC will continue to be strong for many years to come.