From July 12-21, 2013 a volunteer team from St. John Lutheran Church in Covina, California was helping Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) with two ministry programs. The team spent 3 days teaching English in a government elementary school and conducted the Fun with English program for 3 days.
During the Fun with English program the team did many fun activities and small group conversations to help the participants practice and improve their English proficiency. Whenever possible each of the team members shared their faith in Jesus with the Thai people who attended the program.
Three of the people who attended were Ben, Jar and Pop, young women who have been students in the English program at Into Light Center, which is operated by Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok. During their English classes Ben, Jar and Pop learned many things about Jesus and Christianity. When they had the opportunity to join the Fun with English program, they were very happy to meet the volunteer team and to have another chance to practice English.
Ben is a young Christian. She has shared many things about Christianity with Jar and Pop. Sometimes they had questions that Ben was unable to answer. When they joined the Fun with English program, they enjoyed meeting the friendly, loving people who were there. During conversation times and even outside the program time, Ben, Jar and Pop asked many questions of the team members. The team members encouraged them to attend church, so that they could experience worship and learn more about the Bible and Jesus.
On August 25 Ben, Jar and Pop attended worship at Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church for the first time. They enjoyed the music and were impressed with the loving, family atmosphere. They returned on September 1 and 8 and are planning to attend worship again.
We thank God for using the English program and the Fun with English program to teach Ben, Jar and Pop about Jesus and as a connection with the church. We pray that these young women will continue to attend the English classes and to worship at Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church often. May the Holy Spirit open their minds to clearly know and understand who Jesus is and what he has done for them.