During our annual Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Christmas School Outreach program each December we usually visit about 10 primary and junior high schools. We had invitations to do our presentations about the real meaning of Christmas at 10 schools in Samut Songkhram Province this year, but we had to change our schedule. Six schools had to cancel our visit, because they still were closed in December due to the floods that covered many parts of Thailand.
LHMT worked with local churches to plan and coordinate this program. The four schools that were in session in December were very happy to have us present our program, because they never heard about the true meaning of Christmas before.
On December 13 the schedule was arranged by Pastor Gongpop Phujan from Jaisaman Samut Songkhram Church. In the morning they did the program from 10:30-12:00 noon for 514 students at Muang Samut Songkhram School in Muang District.
In the afternoon 558 students at Ahnutbaan Muang Samut Songkhram School enjoyed the same program from 2:30-4:00pm.
On December 14 Pastor Samattapon Tankanitlert from Nimitmai Amphawa Church arranged for the LHMT team to visit two schools. From 10:30-12:00 noon the LHMT team did the program for 299 students at Amphawan School in Amphawa District. In the afternoon 130 students at Tessabaan School#3 participated in the program from 2:30-4:00pm.
Because all of the schools were primary schools, our staff showed the “Joel, The Little Shepherd” video to the children. After watching the video, the LHMT staff talked about the story with the children to be sure they understood the main points about Christmas.
In addition to the video, the LHMT staff led many fun activities with the students. They sang Christmas songs, played games and gave many door prizes to the children. The pastors introduced their church members who helped with the program, told the students and teachers about their churches and gave a blessing to the teachers and students.
In spite of the schedule changes the trip went very well. Everything was well organized by the pastors and our LHMT team were very happy with the results. Although we weren’t able to present the program at six schools, we thank God for the opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with more than 1,500 students and teachers. We also had a good chance to get to the know pastors and some of their church members and to begin building good relationships with them. We look forward to working with them again in the future.
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