Special LHMT Gifts Help Thai People Mourn Their King

After reigning in Thailand for 70 years King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as King Rama IX of Thailand, passed away on October 13, 2016.  In honor or his birthday on December 5 and to assist some Thai people in mourning their king, our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff are conducting a special activity.

On December 5-7, 2016 the LHMT team is setting up a table in front of our ministry center in Bangkok.  We are giving away free gift packs to anyone who stops at the table and leaves their names and contact information.  The gift packs included a black handkerchief with a simple white design and white and black wristbands with a message of remembrance of His Majesty The King, Rama IX written on it.  We are very pleased that we were able to give away nearly 1,000 gift packs today.

For at least 100 days the Thai people are wearing black in mourning the king.  Government workers will be wearing black for an entire year.  The LHMT gifts are a way to serve people in the community near our ministry center and a means for our team to meet people and to do some follow-up contacts with them.

Activity for Remembrance of the King Rama IX of Thailand

On October 13, 2016 the king of Thailand passed away after reigning for 70 years. During the weeks of mourning that followed the death of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyudej Rama IX, more than 30,000 Thai people visited the Grand Palace each day to pay their respects to the king.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT), the Christian organization through which Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) is registered with the Thai government, provided lunch packs and bottles of drinking water to 3,000 people who gathered there on November 24, 2016.  LHMT was happy to provide four staff members to assist the EFT with this activity.

LHM Thailand Team Participate in Memorial Service

On November 12, 2016 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were invited to participate in a memorial service for Mrs. Staporn Gernand, the mother of Rev. Ted Na Thalang, the Chairman of the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church and Asia representative for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.  Mrs. Gernand also was the mother-in-law of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Asia Regional Director, Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang.  The service was conducted in the town of Takuapa in Phang Nga Province in Southern Thailand.

One of the LHMT studio technicians led the music for the memorial service and the other staff sang and distributed Christian materials to the more than 500 people who attended.  The materials included a Thai translation of the Lutheran Hour booklet, “Why Do Bad Things Happen?”  Since more than 90% of the people who joined the Christian service were Buddhists, this was a unique opportunity for them to hear the Gospel and to receive Christian materials.

Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of International Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries, gave a message of encouragement to Mrs. Gernand’s family and friends.  Rose Sirintip Hanpradit, who recorded a Christian music album with LHMT before becoming a well-known pop singer in Thailand, sang “Take Your Wounded Heart to the Cross” and “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow.”

We pray for God’s comfort for the family and that the Holy Spirit will use the Gospel messages and materials to help many people come to know who Jesus is and what He has done for them.

ETS Workshop in Chonburi

A total of 111 people from 13 churches in Chonburi Province attended an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism workshop conducted by our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff on October 15, 2016. The host church was Cross of Chonburi Church, which is located in Muang District.

Throughout the day the LHMT team led the participants in songs and fun activities and taught them about the reasons and methods for doing evangelistic outreach. The people were very interested in learning and joined in the program very enthusiastically.

At the end of the day 54 people asked to become LHMT commissioned volunteers and105 applied to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones each week.

Au Udom Church asked to receive Children’s Bible Correspondence Courses that they could use for the youth in their church. LHMT is very happy to supply them with those materials.

Also, the Chonburi Church Association asked LHMT to do our school outreach program in their area in December 2017.

We thank God for blessing this training and for the good connections with the churches in that area.

Learning How to Rely on God

Mrs. Sumalee Sanuannam is a 46-year-old housewife with two children. She lives in Samut Sakon and has a son and a daughter.  Although everyone in her family is Buddhist, her son attends Mahachai Christian School.

The school uses some Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) radio programs and Mrs. Sumalee heard the “Encouragement for You” broadcast at the school. During the program she learned about the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) and decided to enroll.  She is currently studying Lesson 1 of Course 2.  The BCC has helped her improve her knowledge about Jesus and she wants to continue to learn more.

Our LHMT staff connected Mrs. Sumalee with Mahachai Church and she has been attending often.

Mrs. Sumalee says, “My life is much different now. In the past it was very easy for me to get angry. Now I’m more calm and reasonable.  I pray to God a lot and I’m learning how to rely on God to lead me in my life.”

Mrs. Sumalee is preparing to be baptized at the end of 2016. She is thankful to LHMT for the radio program that helped change her life.

Please pray for her baptism preparations and for her family.

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.