Listener Gathering in Konburi, Ratchasima Province

On Friday, March 17, 2017 some of our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff traveled 6 hours to Konburi District in Nakhonratchasima Province.  In 2016 our LHMT team conducted an Equipping the Saints training at Konburi Church and the church airs 3 LHMT radio programs on its community radio station, so we agreed to do a Listener Gathering there this year.

Mrs. Tongtip Hanpradit, the speaker of Relieve Your Worries

Although the main purpose for the trip was to conduct the Listener Gathering at Konburi Church on Saturday, March 18, one of our radio speakers was able to do a live broadcast on Konburi Church’s radio station shortly after our team arrived.  During the “Relieve Your Worries” broadcast the speaker invited listeners to attend the Listener Gathering the next morning.

A total of 87 people responded to the invitation and participated in the Listener Gathering from 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 noon.  Everyone enjoyed the activities and meeting our LHMT staff and radio speaker.

When our team returned to Bangkok Saturday evening they were tired but very happy that they were able to introduce so many people to the pastor and members of Konburi Church.

We thank God for safe travel and pray for the follow-up activities that Konburi Church will be doing with the people who attended the Listener Gathering.

Young Volunteers are an Important Part of Our Team

Our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff are very grateful for the work that so many volunteers do to assist us in our ministry activities.

One special group of volunteers is high school and university students who do special recordings for us.  During their school breaks they come to our studios and record Bible verses and special information spots that we use during our radio programs.  Listeners enjoy hearing their young voices and they provide variety during our broadcasts.

We thank God for these young people who are so generous with their time and who are very helpful to us.  Please pray that God will bless them and use them as His faithful servants.

A Better Life Because of Learning How to Rely on God

Mrs. Nittaya Wongpakdee is a 60-year-old housewife with four children who always worried and felt like she had no happiness in her life. Mrs. Nittaya lives in Suratthani Province where a local radio station broadcasts three programs produced by Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT).

When she began listening to the LHMT radio programs, Mrs. Nittaya found something positive in her life. She has been listening to all three programs, “Encouragement for You,” “Because You are Loved” and “Relieve Your Worries.” Mrs. Nittaya says, “After listening to the programs I feel relieved. I receive good information about how to live a happy life and I get to know who God is. These programs are very encouraging for my daily life.”

Our LHMT staff introduced Mrs. Nittaya to our Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) and referred her to Bandon Church, which is in her area. She has started studying the BCC and is going to the church to worship God and to study the Bible.

Mrs. Nittaya says that her life has changed in a better way since she is learning how to rely on God instead of herself.

We pray for Mrs. Nittaya, that she’ll be able to learn about the Christian life and that her faith will be strengthened, because she would like to be baptized.

Eager to Hear More About Jesus

16819151_1321801414562425_5144054088642600580_oMr. Chan Dehmoon is 61 years old. He is a retired soldier living in Pak Kred District in Nonthaburi Province, which is next to Bangkok.

For a long time Mr. Chan was feeling a lot of stress in his life, so he was seeking a way to have a better life. One Saturday afternoon Mr. Chan listened to the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) radio program, “Home for Love.” He immediately became very interested and continued to listen every Saturday.

Mr. Chan  said, “When I started listening to this program I felt very happy and I wanted to hear more from this speaker. The speaker talked about Jesus, so I wanted to hear more. I’m happy to hear the stories about Jesus and ideas about how I can have a happy life.”

Our LHMT team suggested that Mr. Chan study our Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) so he could learn more about Jesus. Mr. Chan began studying the BCC and our LHM Thailand staff introduced him to Pak Kred Church, so that he could continue to grow in his faith and knowledge about God.

Mr. Chan also said, “My life is changing. I don’t feel so much stress now. My life is more relaxed because I have had a chance to study the stories about Jesus and continue to listen to the ‘Home for Love’ radio program.”

Mr. Chan wants people to pray that he will be able to understand more and that his faith in Jesus will continue to grow.

Encouragement and Strength Through LHMT Radio Program

Mrs. Noklek Intarasoontorn is  a housewife who lives in Bangkok with her two small children and sick mother. Because her mother is unable to walk, she needs a lot of help from Mrs. Noklek every day, which is very tiring.

16487270_1305083862900847_113789262180862968_oOne day when Mrs. Noklek turned on the radio to rest for a while, she discovered the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) programs. The one that especially caught Mrs. Noklek’s attention was “Encouragement for You.” She says, “When I listen to this LHMT radio program I feel like I get help and support. It gives me strength to face my responsibilities each day.”

After Mrs. Noklek contacted our LHMT staff and asked our team to pray for her mother to get over her sickness, her mother was able to walk a little bit. Mrs. Noklek understood this to be a sign that the prayers were answered.

Because Mrs. Noklek really wanted to go to church, our team introduced her to Ruamprakun Church, which is close to her home. The pastor visited her a couple times and she began worshiping at the church.

Mrs. Noklek commented, “Now my life has changed from feeling down to feeling strengthened. God helped me to be a better person and to have a better life.”

Mrs. Noklek asks that we pray that her mother will be healthy soon, that her family will come to know Jesus as their Savior and that she will continue to grow in her faith.

Live Radio Programs on Facebook

Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand – Journey Into Light (LHMT) is experimenting with a new way to do outreach.  About 2 weeks ago we started to broadcast 3 live radio programs on Facebook.  The programs are Because You are loved; Encouragement for You and  Relieve Your Worries.

The programs are aired after 1:00 p.m. each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Each program is 25-30 minutes long and contains very helpful information for people to have a happy life and to learn something about God’s love.  During the first weeks of using this format for our radio programs, our staff has been happy with how well it has worked and the responses that we have received from listeners.

ETS in Uttaradit Province

Lablae District in Uttaradit Province is a 6-hour drive from Bangkok and was the location for the Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelistic training conducted by our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand – Journey Into Light (LHMT) team on February 11, 2017 at Thai Hua-Dong Church.

Although nearly 70 people from 8 churches were expected to join the training, 2 big weddings got scheduled in that area on the same day. As a result 38 people from 5 churches participated in our ETS workshop. The people who attended were very enthusiastic and thankful for the training that they received. They are eager to witness to their Buddhist family members and friends and were happy to receive more information and practical techniques for doing that.

One highlight of our time there was having 9 young adults involved in the workshop. Not only did they enjoy learning how to share their faith with non-Christians, but they also helped lead our time of worship.

At the end of the day 30 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers and 28 asked to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from us on their mobile phones each week.

We thank God for the good response of the people who attended this ETS, for the relationships that we were able to begin forming and for safe travel for our LHMT team. We look forward to working with those volunteers in the future.