A Dear Friend Remembered

Kias singing with his daughters at the 2006 LHMT Thanksgiving Banquet

All of us at Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) are saddened at the loss of a very good friend and partner in ministry.  Mr. Panta Surasilpisut passed away on September 9 at the age of 44 after suffering from cancer. 

Better known by his nickname, Kias, he was a well known Thai country singer.  For the past 8 years he was always eager to help us with special events, such as our annual Thanksgiving Banquet and Listener Gatherings.  At many of these events Kias provided special music or even did some mini-concerts, which always attracted more people.  He enjoyed sharing his testimony about how he became a Christian and how God was active in his life.  

Kias is survived by his wife, Nok, and two young daughters.  Through a special project Kias and Nok have been supporting and personally caring for 12 other children in their home.  We pray that God will give strength and His peace to Nok during this difficult time.

All of our LHMT staff have enjoyed a close relationship with Kias and his family.  We will continue to pray for Nok and the children as they face the future without Kias at their side.

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