When the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff and church leaders from Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok decided to conduct a community Christmas party, they prayed that 100 people would attend. When the party started at 4:00pm on Saturday, December 19, with a prayer by Pastor Sompong Hanpradit, the group wasn’t very large. But, as the LHMT team started to sing Christmas songs, more people from the shops and homes surrounding the church began to come. By the time the program ended at 8:00pm with Pastor Sompong’s closing prayer, at least 105 people had attended.
A number of students from the church’s English program attended, which gave a good opportunity for the pastor and other church members to get to know the students. One of the goals of the English program is to connect the students with the church and to invite the students to attend worship and learn more about Christianity.
Although those who attended the Christmas party ranged in age from 5 years old to more than 60 years old, everyone enjoyed singing the Christmas songs, playing the games, watching the “Red Boots for Christmas” animated video and receiving the prizes and gift packs. Through the songs, the video and a short talk by Pastor Sompong, everyone learned a lot about the true meaning of Christmas and who Jesus is.
As everyone held lighted candles during the singing of “Christmas is a Time of Love” near the end of the program, the smiles on the faces around the circle were a good sign that they had been touched by God’s love that evening.
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