Mrs. Gaew Chaiyasit, 41 years old, came to Bangkok to find work as a seamstress.
One Saturday afternoon she heard live Journey Into Light – Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHMT) radio program, “Home for Love.” Mrs. Gaew was interested in listening because she found that the program has good variety and is very informative and encouraging for daily life.
Because she works very hard taking care of her 4 children and 2 grandchildren, Mrs. Gaew often feels tired and discouraged. While listening to “Home for Love” she heard a message about the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course. It sounded interesting to her, so she decided to enroll. Today she is studying the second lesson in the first course.
Now Mrs. Gaew feels happy, because through the BCC she has come to believe that God is leading her life. She prays to God often. Mrs. Gaew says, “I know God and trust in Him, so I’m happy now. My life is not chaos like before, because I know that God is here to take care of my life.”
Our LHMT staff introduced Mrs. Gaew to Nimitmai Church in her area, so that she can be nurtured spiritually. She wants to get to know God better, because knows God will not leave her. Mrs. Gaew wants to give her life to God to lead her.
We pray that Mrs. Gaew will learn and understand God’s Word and that her faith will grow stronger each cay. We also pray that her family will come to know God, just as Mrs. Gaew has done.
On April 7-8, 2017 our LHM Thailand staff had a great opportunity to share about our ministry programs with youth who came together in Nakhon Nayok Province to attend the Youth for Christ Youth Challenge 2017. More than 800 young people from throughout Thailand attended this special event.
This is the third time that we have helped Youth for Christ with this program that is held every 4 years. In addition to setting up our ministry booth we also were able to conduct a product sale with many items from our Christian bookstore.
By the end of our time there 350 youth had signed up to begin receiving our encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones each week and 147 enrolled in our Bible Correspondence Course.
We thank God that we were able to do 2 special presentations on April 8 about our ministry activities for all of the participants who were interested in knowing more about Christian media ministry and to talk with many of them personally.
The first time that our LHM Thailand team was introduced to the Thai-Ezra Evangelistic Ministry was when they invited us to conduct an Equipping the Saints training workshop for their association members. Each of the 4 years since then we have been assisting with their annual church camp. This year more than 250 adults and children from 26 churches came together for the camp. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 was the first day of the camp and our team enjoyed leading the people in a variety of songs and games. The campers were divided into 5 groups, each group identified by a different color, so we planned activities at 5 stations. The groups spent 15 minutes at each station and then rotated until they completed all of the stations.
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 our team led more games and activities for the campers, but this time we didn’t use the stations. We had all of the adults and children participate together in one large group. We had a good time leading the activities and getting to meet more new people. At the end of the day we also conducted the closing activity for the camp.
One of the pastors we got to know during the camp was from Thai Wanorn Church. He is very interested in receiving all of our radio programs to broadcast on his church’s radio station. Some of the churches want to receive our Bible Correspondence Courses to use for their outreach programs. Seven youth signed up to begin receiving our weekly encouraging Gospel text messages on their cell phones.
We’re happy to continue developing our relationship with the Thai-Ezra Evangelistic Ministry and we look forward to interacting with them again in the future.
Ms. Goongunya Pantasane is a 17-year-old student in grade 11 at Triam Udom Suksa Nomklao Kabinburi School in Prachinburi Province.
When Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) did a Christmas School Outreach project in her school in December 2016, Ms. Goongunya heard the true meaning of Christmas and the story about Jesus for the first time. She was fascinated by the story and immediately became interested in learning much more.
Mx. Goongunya says, “Through the LHMT Christmas outreach activity this past year I got to hear about Jesus Christ. I want to learn more about Him.” So, she applied to study our LHMT Children’s Bible Correspondence Course (BCC). When our staff asked why she didn’t study the adult BCC instead, Ms. Goongunya replied that she preferred to study the Children’s BCC first. Then she plans to study the adult BCC after finishing the Children’s BCC.
Our LHMT staff talked with a husband and wife who started Baan Piamrak preaching station near Ms. Goongunya’s school. To follow up after our School Outreach Program they contacted Ms. Goongunya and visited her school. The school administrators asked them to help all of the students learn about Christian values. When the husband and wife began teaching Christian values at her school it was a good opportunity for Ms. Goongunya to learn more about Jesus.
Ms. Goongunya went to worship God at the preaching station and signed up to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from LHMT on her mobile phone. About our text message program she said, “Through the Gospel text messages I am getting good information about God and I’m receiving encouragement for my daily life. I want to learn as much as I can about Christianity and God. I feel like I now have happiness knowing that God is taking care of my life and, most importantly, I know that Jesus came to the world to save me from my sin.”
We pray that God’s Word will continue to grow in her life.
Mrs. Matika Sae-pan is a housewife who lives in Lampang Province. She is 53 years old.
Although she has a Christian mother, Mrs. Matika has never been a believer in Jesus. However, when someone introduced her to our Journey Into Light – Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Bible Correspondence Course (BCC), Mrs. Matika decided to sign up. Currently she is studying Course 1, Lesson 3.
During her life Mrs. Matika has encountered many obstacles and often feels discouraged. From what she has learned by studying the BCC she is happy to know that God is leading her daily life and she has confidence that God won’t leave her.
Mrs. Matika says, “Through the BCC I have learned who Jesus is and I understand how to live a Christian life. I’m interested in continuing to study. I’m very thankful to Journey Into Light – LHM Thailand.” Our staff introduced Mrs. Matika to Rabprakun Church. She already has attended worship there and the church has begun to nurture her spiritually.
Mrs. Matika asks for prayer that she’ll understand God’s Word better and that her husband and step-child also will come to know Jesus.
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.
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.