More Than They Expected

Cindi and Dave Trahms with the North Dakota team

In November 2005 Cindi and Dave Trahms with the North Dakota team came to Thailand to work with a Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) project to help some tsunami victims.  They thought that they would only be assisting the Thai people by helping to build some fishing boats.  They had no idea that God had another connection with Thailand planned for them in the future.

Cindi and Thanarach "Kyle" Chaichompu

In the summer of 2009 a foreign exchange student came to live with the Trahms.  His name is Thanarach Chaichompu, but while he’s in the United States he uses his English name, Kyle.  His home is in Bangkok, Thailand.

Since the Trahms had spent time in Thailand, they had a good understanding of Kyle’s culture and background, which helped them quickly get to know each other.  For Kyle to learn about their culture, the Trahms take him along whenever they do family activities, including going to church on Sunday mornings. 

After attending church a few times, Kyle began asking questions about the worship, prayers and other details about the Bible and Christianity.  Kyle says, “Although I’m Buddhist, I go to church with the Trahms every Sunday and I found it to be really interesting to see this community and explore their culture.  People there are nice and generous.  I feel good to be there.” 

Kyle with international friends on Easter holiday

This summer Kyle will complete his year as an exchange student in the US and will return home to Bangkok.  Through emails Cindi has introduced Kyle to the LHM director in Bangkok.  Kyle is interested in knowing which churches are near his home and what the differences are between the various churches.  He’s hoping to find a church in Bangkok that will be similar to the one he attends with the Trahms.  LHM Thailand will be happy to help Kyle visit some churches and to continue learning about Christianity, the Bible and who Jesus is.

Political Situation Causes a Problem for Thailand Ministry

Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand

During the past few months a large group of people have been demonstrating against the Thai government.  They’re unhappy with the current prime minister and have been demanding that he resign, dissolve parliament, and schedule early elections.

Until recently the demonstrations and occasional violence have not caused any problems for our LHM staff and ministry.  The problems have been just in the central area of Bangkok, which is quite far from our office and the places where we live.

Unfortunately, that has changed.  Although the demonstrations and violence are still mainly in central Bangkok, the violence has increased in the past several days.  As the government tries to get control of the area where the demonstrators have been camping in the streets, more violence is expected.

Two days ago the government announced a state of emergency for parts of Bangkok and 17 provinces and the school summer holiday has been extended by another week. 

On May 18-20 we had a trip planned to a province in northeastern Thailand about 6-7 hours from Bangkok.  We were going to do a 2-day program at a school.  However, because of the longer school break and because we would have to travel through some areas where demonstrators have been very active, the school principal asked that we postpone our visit. 

We thank God that the political problems in Thailand haven’t caused any problems for our ministry before this time.  We expect to be able to reschedule this program and we trust that God will give us a good opportunity to interact with the students and teachers there in the near future.

Please pray for peace in Thailand and that the political problems will be solved soon.

Outreach is Easy When You Follow the Colors

Gospel Bracelet

During the Evangelical Fellowship Thailand meeting on March 23-26, LHM Thailand staff set up the ministry booth and a booth to sell many Christian products, books and materials.  One of the people who visited the ministry booth was Pastor Supee Boonyanutsorn from Thai Ezra Evangelistic Ministry in Chaiyaphum Province.  One of the items that interested her was the multi-colored outreach bracelet.  Each bead on the bracelet is a different color and each color has meaning.  By following the colors around the bracelet, people have a guide for reaching out to friends and neighbors with the Gospel.

Pastor Supee took five bracelets back to her church and shared them with members of her congregation.  They were excited to discover how easy it was for them to share their faith.  LHM just received a letter from Pastor Supee, requesting more Gospel bracelets.  LHM is happy to send another 100 bracelets for the members of Ezra Evangelistic Ministry in Chaiyaphum Province to use as they reach out with the Gospel to the people in their community.

Members of Thai Ezra Evangelistic Ministry in Chaiyaphum Province

One of ministry team sharing her faith to friends

From Seeking to Serving

Mr. Suebpong Intraweepun, set up a community Christian radio station called “Truelove Radio 87.5 MHz."

Mr. Suebpong Intraweepun is from Phrae Province and is married with 2 children.  He used to drink a lot which caused problems for his wife.  One day he received a Christian tract and became interested in it.  He wanted a new way of life and began searching for God and attended a church nearby to study about God.  On August 25, 2007 Journey Into Light team organized an ETS seminar at Third Thai Church – Thaicharoenthum, Phrae Province and Pastor Prasong Wongsing invited Mr. Suebpong to join the seminar.  The seminar helped him to have a burden to share the Gospel.  After 1 year he set up a community Christian radio station called “Truelove Radio 87.5 MHz.” He says, “After the seminar God helped me get started by giving me a desire to proclaim the Gospel with Journey Into Light.  It has been 1 year now since the time I had the vision.”  In the beginning he felt discouraged, because he had to work alone.  Now he realizes that it is God’s will to make him bear fruit.  He has now set up a room to proclaim the Gospel where he also hopes to start a church.  He thanks God for using him and thanks Journey Into Light for helping him get started and to have a burden to serve, so that the Gospel will reach the listeners of the radio program.

Currently Mr. Suebpong attends worship at Romklao Church 5 Muang District, Phrae Province.  He is determined to keep on serving God.  Please pray for Mr. Suebpong as he continues to serve God.

Mr. Suebpong attended the ETS Seminar on August 25, 2007

The seminar helped him to have a burden to share the Gospel.