Making Connections

 

Ms. Acharaporn Imsomboon, radio speaker for "Because You are Loved"

When radio speaker and two Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff traveled to Prachuap Khirikhan to do a live broadcast, they didn’t expect to discover so many connections that LHMT has in that area.

On the morning of July 21 Ms. Acharaporn Imsomboon and the two LHMT staff made a visit to the campus of Southern Theological Institute (STI), where they met the director of STI, Pastor Sawang Kusawadee.  Each year STI receives from our LHMT office packets of Christian materials that they give as gifts to their graduating students.  Although STI and LHMT have been doing this for several years, we never visited their campus or met them personally. 

Pastor Wichian Rakhantho and his wife are teachers at STI.  When they heard that we were doing a live broadcast in their area, they came to the radio station to meet and encourage our radio speaker and staff.  In 2009 we did a school outreach program with Pastor Wichian Rakhantho in four schools in Guiburi District of Prachuap Khirikhan, so it was nice connecting with them again and having some time together. 

From 12:00-1:30pm Ms. Acharaporn Imsomboon did a live broadcast of “Because You are Loved” at community radio station HIT, which operates by Mr. Sanan Shaisang, the member of the Full Gospel Church in Prachuap Khirikhan.  Pastor Khamphi Yhousantikul arranged for this live broadcast.

In addition to giving an encouraging message, Ms. Acharaporn also did a contest during the program.  While on the air 24 people called to talk with her and to participate in the contest.  All of the callers were non-believers.  Later, 2 other people visited the station to meet Ms. Acharaporn and staff to receive the gift packs that LHMT was giving away.  Our LHMT staff will contact these 26 people again and their names were given to Pastor Khamphi, so that he and his church members can do personal follow-up visits. 

We thank God for Pastor Khamphi Yhousantikul and his church members for sharing the Gospel in their community through their community radio station and personal visits to the listeners.  We also thank God that we were able to make personal connections with Pastor Sawang Kusawadee at STI and Pastor Wichian Rakhantho and his wife.  As more Christians work together to share the Gospel and reach out to the non-believers in Prachuap Khirikhan, the good news about Jesus will be heard throughout the province.  We pray God’s blessings on STI and Full Gospel Church of Prachuap Khirikhan.  We look forward to connecting with them again to do more outreach activities in the future.

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