On September 21, 2013, 62 people from 8 different churches attended the most recent Equipping the Saints (ETS) training conducted by the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff. The training was hosted by Pastor Pongnakorn Sae-Ung at Rung Arun Saraburi Church in Muang District, Saraburi Province, which is about a 2-hour drive from Bangkok.
Although the schedule for the day was the one usually used for ETS training, a couple of things made this training day special. One thing is that 5 of the participants were new believers in Jesus. They were eager to learn how to share their new faith with their family and friends. The second thing is that 1 pastor was attending for his third time and Pastor Pongnakorn was attending for his second time. They said that they returned, because they wanted to review the material presented during the modules and they brought some of their church members.
At the end of the training 30 people asked to be LHMT commissioned volunteers and 52 people signed up to start receiving encouraging Gospel text messages on their cell phones each week. Many of the attendees indicated that they liked the ETS training, because it’s very practical and they can easily know how to use it in their daily lives.
Two suggestions were made during some discussions. One idea was to include 1 or 2 skits in the training that would demonstrate the things that the group was learning during the training. Seeing examples might make it easier to understand how to do the outreach methods. Another idea was to extend the training to a second day. The first day would still be for sharing information and practicing some of the techniques within the group of participants. On the second day the participants would be able to go into the community and practice using the techniques they learned in a real situation. These are very good suggestions. We will consider including them in the future.
The LHMT team will see Pastor Pongnakorn and his church members again in the near future. Pastor Pongnakorn will be the host when the LHMT director and staff conduct their annual Christmas school outreach in December 2013.