Visit to Radio Stations in Phang Nga Province

During the trip to conduct Listener Gatherings in Khok Kloi and Takuapa in Phang Nga Province, our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff and radio speaker also were able to visit two radio stations in that area.

The station in the town of Khok Kloi broadcasts on FM 97.25MHz. and is operated by Voice of Navy 14 Phang Nga.  Our LHMT staff and radio speaker were able to meet the agent there.  She said that the LHMT programs were very good and gave a lot of encouragement to the listeners.

When our team went to the town of Takuapa they were able to visit Radio Thailand Takuapa, FM 90.25MHz. The director encouraged us to continue producing our programs to be aired on that station.

We’re thankful that our team was able to meet the people at the radio stations and to get feedback from them about our radio programs.  We thank God that they enjoy our programs and that they want to continue broadcasting them in their area.

Two Listener Gatherings on One Weekend (Takuapa, Phang Nga Province)

lg-takuapa8On Saturday evening, September 3, 2016 Mr. Amnuay, one of our radio speakers, and our Lutheran Hour Ministry Thailand (LHMT) staff drove from Khok Kloi, after conducting a Listener Gathering program, to the town of Takuapa in Phang Nga Province, where they stayed that night.  On Sunday morning, September 4, 2016 they worshiped at Concordia Takuapa Lutheran Church and conducted the Listener Gathering in the afternoon.

Our staff led the people in the same games and activities as on Saturday, Mr. Amnuay gave his encouraging words and sang the song again and the local pastor shared some encouraging thoughts with everyone.

A total of 47 people attended, including 23 listeners, some guests and church members.  Two of the people who participated in the Listener Gathering were a couple who recently moved near the church.  When the pastor’s wife met them, she told them about our Listener Gathering and invited them to attend.  During the Listener Gathering they were happy to hear about our LHMT radio programs.  Although they are not Christians, they attended the church for the first time that morning.  The pastor and LHMT staff will be making follow-up contacts with them in the coming weeks.

The team returned to Bangkok on Monday.  We thank God for safe travel during the long rides, for good interactions with the listeners, guests and church members and for the opportunity to share the Gospel with everyone who participated in the 2 Listener Gatherings.

Two Listener Gatherings on One Weekend (Khok Kloi, Phang Nga Province)

lg-khok-klloi8September 2, 2016 was a long travel day for our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff.  They all rode in a van from Bangkok to Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand.  The trip of 800 kilometers (480 miles) took nearly 12 hours.

The purpose of the trip was to conduct 2 Listener Gatherings in Phang Nga Province.  The first was on Saturday, September 3 at Concordia Khok Kloi Lutheran Church in Takuatung District.  This gathering was for listeners of our LHMT radio program, “Encouragement for You.”  A total of 50 people attended, including 14 listeners, guests and church members.

Everyone enjoyed a program of games and fun activities before meeting the radio speaker, Mr. Amnuay Ruangchan.  It was a good time for our staff to connect with the listeners, have a good time together and begin building relationships.  In addition to meeting our LHMT staff the listeners and guests also learned more about our LHMT ministry programs.

When the listeners met Mr. Amnuay, he shared his personal experience as a believer in Jesus and how God has loved him and taken care of him.  He encouraged the listeners to trust in God, because God loves them and will never leave them alone.  Mr. Amnuay ended his talk by singing a song about when we have problems, we don’t need to be afraid.  God is with us and God is in control.

The local pastor then shared some encouraging words with the listeners and invited them to come to church and to learn more about God.

Usually our team and the local pastor visit some markets in the area to meet local people and invite them to attend the Listener Gathering.  Because of a very heavy rain storm that morning, our team was not able to visit the markets.

We thank God for safe travel and that everything went well with our Listener Gathering program in Khok Kloi.

ETS Training in Nakhon Sawan

ETS103On August 27, 2016 our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism training at Nakhon Sawan Church in Nakhon Sawan Province.  This was the first time our LHMT team did a ministry program in that area.

A total of 27 members from 5 churches participated in the workshop.  We were disappointed that we didn’t reach the expected total of 60 attendees, but we were very thankful for those who were able to come.  Our team taught the usual ETS modules about how and why we do evangelism and provided several practical ideas about how they could share their faith with their family and friends.

We enjoyed having a time of worship together, eating lunch together and singing and doing fun activities with those who attended the workshop.  Since we didn’t know anyone from that group before the training, this was a good opportunity to interact personally with them and to begin building relationships.

At the end of the day we got very good feedback from everyone.  They were happy to learn more about doing outreach to people in their communities who don’t know Jesus and 18 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers.  Also, 30 people asked to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from us every week on their mobile phones.

Our team was very encouraged when the leader of the women’s ministry at the church asked about the possibility of our LHMT team helping to conduct a women’s camp for them in the future.  We are interested in doing that and will continue talking with them about this.

We thank God for safe travel, for blessing our ETS program and interactions with the participants and for the possibility of working with them again in the future.

 

Special Guests Visit the LHM Thailand Ministry Center

Three junior high school boys from Bangkok Christian School came to visit our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry center recently.  One of the boys is a member of the same church as one of our LHMT studio technicians.

The boys are very interested in technology and enjoy music.  Because they were curious about how a recording studio operated. they wanted to see a studio in action.  When they learned that we have two recording studios in our ministry center, they decided to take a look.

We enjoyed meeting the boys and our studio technician had a good time demonstrating for them how he produces the Christian music recordings and radio programs.  We hope that the boys were happy with their time at our ministry center and we pray that God will bless them in their studies.

Good Response to Program Honoring Mothers

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One of the mothers who received our t-shirt.

During our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) live radio broadcasts on August 6 and 13 the main topic of the programs was giving honor to mothers in connection with the Thailand Mother’s Day on August 12.

To help our listeners celebrate we gave away free Mother’s Day T-shirts to people who telephoned our staff during the radio program.  A total of 42 people called and gave us their contact information.  Some callers planned to wear the T-shirts on Mother’s Day.  Others told us the T-shirts were going to be a gift to their mothers on Mother’s Day.

We are very happy that so many listeners contacted us during the radio program and that they appreciated the T-shirts so much.  We received many good comments about the T-shirts and the live radio broadcasts.  We thank God that we are able to reach out to the people of central Thailand with encouraging messages through the live programs and to tell them about God’s love for them through Jesus Christ.  We look forward to having more contact with them through our follow-up activities in the coming weeks.

 

Mother’s Day Activity at Our Ministry Center

4Mother15To help people in the community surrounding our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry center celebrate Mother’s Day on August 12 our staff conducted a special activity on August 4 and 5. In front of our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry center our team set up a table with some special Mother’s Day materials and a microphone and speakers.

Using Christian and secular music that honors mothers our LHMT team attracted the attention of local vendors and people passing by on their way to work.

We invited people to stop by and register with us to receive the materials and some candy and to have a chance to win free Mother’s Day T-shirts. On August 4, while going to work and during their lunch break, 157 people filled out our registration form and collected their free materials. At the end of the day the names of 5 people were drawn and they received their free T-shirts.

On August 5 another 153 people registered with us. Everyone enjoyed the Jasmine Mother’s Day pin and the card with a Bible verse inside. Those who won the Mother’s Day shirts were very happy. Some looked forward to wearing them on Mother’s Day, others planned to give them as Mother’s Day gifts to their mothers.

Several people asked why we were doing this activity. That gave us a great opportunity to talk about God’s love and the joy we have in giving to others.

5Mother11In addition to providing some materials for the people, through this activity we were able to meet and interact with shop owners and staff who work near us and some of the people who walk by our ministry center every day. We had a chance to tell them who we are and what we do and to begin building relationships with them.

Using the personal contact information they gave us on the registration form we will be able to do some follow-up activities to get in touch with them again in the coming days. We pray that we can continue to interact with them and get to know them better.