LHMT Director and Staff Assist with Women’s Camp

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In June 2010 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) training for Thai Ezra Church in Phukaew District in Chaiyaphum Province. Some of the women who attended the seminar were members of a committee that was planning a camp for Christian women. They enjoyed the ETS seminar so much that they decided to invite LHMT to help conduct the women’s camp.

Women had lots of fun with the activitie

The entire LHMT staff was happy to assist Thai Ezra church with the camp on October 12-14. About 132 women from 16 churches in seven provinces were in attendance. The theme for the camp was “How to be in the world, but not of the world”, based on 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 and 1 Corinthians 9:22-23.

Besides conducting the fun games and songs in the camp, the LHMT staff led the women in some fun activities in four stations around the camp area for nearly three hours. The women were divided into teams that had to plan, make decisions and work together to successfully complete the activities. The purpose was to help the women understand that they do not need to live or witness alone. They are all members of the Body of Christ.

The women from Thai Ezra Church organized the camp, because they noticed two problems that Christians and new believers have. Some Christians are embarrassed or afraid to share their faith. Others have a difficult time adjusting to being members of a Christian community. New believers sometimes feel proud to be Christian and think that they are now better than non-believers. The non-believers get upset because they have the feeling that the new Christians are looking down on them. The LHMT director was asked to address these problems by doing two presentations during the camp.

LHMT director was presenting her second topic to the women

Her first topic was that Christians should have joy and self-esteem, knowing that they are loved by God. Because God has forgiven them, they don’t need to feel ashamed and they can confidently witness to others about what God has done in their lives. The LHMT director’s second topic was about how Christians can adapt themselves to Thai culture, but still follow God’s Word. Many Christians are not sure how they can continue to relate to their Buddhist friends and family members by participating in weddings, funerals and other ceremonies without compromising their Christian beliefs. The results of our participation in the camp were very positive.

The LHMT director and staff enjoyed working with the women and also learned a lot by participating in this camp. We met many women from churches that we had never worked with before. We were able to sell many of our products during the camp and we received a donation from them for our ministry. Because of the good reports from the women who participated in the camp, all 16 churches have asked LHMT to help them in the future.

Special Visitors

Eric, Africa Area Counselor with Lutheran Hour Ministries, is spending a few weeks on vacation with his family in Thailand.  Our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff enjoyed meeting Eric’s wife and two of their children.

It’s the rainy season in Thailand and the first day that Eric’s family was in Bangkok, we had the hardest rain of the year.  Many roads were flooded, including the street in front of our LHMT office.  Although it has rained often, they have been enjoying their time here.  They have seen many special places in Bangkok, have spent a few days in Phuket and visited Chiang Mai.  In addition to enjoying many vacation activities, Eric also spent one day visiting our office and observing our ministry.

The children recently returned to the US with Eric’s sister.  Eric and his wife, Yorda, will stay in Thailand one extra week, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.  We wish them God’s blessings and pray that the next decade of their marriage will be even more special than the first ten years have been.

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Ministry Partners in Bangkok

Siam Bangkok Church has operated a community radio program in Bangkok for the past two years.  The church trains some of their youth to be DJs and radio speakers to promote the church and to support their outreach events in their local community.

In June of this year some of the church members heard some radio programs on our Lutheran Hour Ministry (LHMT) website.  They enjoyed the programs and thought that they would work well in their community, so the pastor contacted our office and asked to use three of our programs on their community radio station.  We were happy to share the programs with them.

On September 15, 2010 two LHMT staff and one radio speaker visited Siam Bangkok Church.  It was the first time the pastor, church members and LHMT staff were able to meet each other.  From 11:00am until noon the speaker did a live broadcast of “Because You Are Loved.” 

During the broadcast the speaker asked the listeners, “If today you could get one blessing from God, what would you ask for and why?”  Five people called during the program.  One young Christian woman answered the question by saying, “Please pray for my parents, because I want them to also become Christian.”

After the program finished, seven church members came to meet our staff and to receive gift sets.  We’re very happy to finally meet the pastor and some church members of Siam Bangkok Church and we look forward to working together with them again in the future.

LHMT Staff Help Train Church Members in Roi-et

Grace of God Church in Roi-et is a very outreach minded church.  To help the church members share the Gospel with nonbelievers in their area, they planned an outreach camp to give some training to the members.  They met with the community leader to inform him of their plans and ask his permission to do outreach in the community.  As they presented their plan, they also used it as a good chance to share the Gospel with the community leader.

The church invited Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) to help with the training for one day.  Last year this church had received Bibles that were donated by the Indiana District and they were familiar with some of the evangelistic training that LHMT provides in different parts of Thailand.  LHMT was very happy to accept this invitation and three LHMT staff made the 7-hour trip from Bangkok to join the camp on September 23, 2010.

The main purpose of the camp was for the Grace of God church members to receive training in simple ways to share the Gospel with non-believers in the Roi-et community.  The LHMT staff shared two very simple ideas for the church members to share their faith.  They taught them how to talk about the Good News by using the five fingers on their hand and by using the Gospel bracelets with colored beads. 

The next day the church members were divided into four teams.  From 9:00am until noon three teams went into the community to use the techniques and Gospel bracelets that they had received from the LHMT staff.  The fourth team stayed behind and provided prayer support for the three other teams.

When the teams returned to the camp for lunch, they were very excited about how easy it was to talk with people about Jesus and to share their faith, using the two methods they had learned from the LHMT staff and other ideas they received during the camp. 

The team members were also very happy with the results of their morning visiting members of the community.  During the feedback time at the end of the camp, they reported a very unexpected outcome of sharing their faith that day.  Eight nonbelievers from four different families became interested in the camp when they talked with the teams.  Even though they weren’t Christians, all eight of them joined the camp the next day.  It was a great opportunity for them to learn more about the Bible and for the church members to begin building relationships with them.

LHM Thailand also gave 50 copies each of several Christian tracts and booklets that the church members could share as they talked with people in the community.  These included “Why Do Bad Things Happen?”, “The Cross”, “The Purpose of Living and Dying”, and “Renew the Romance in Your Marriage.”  The church members were thankful for these materials and found them very useful.

LHMT also provided 100 information and application forms for the encouraging text messages program, 100 forms for the Bible Correspondence Courses for children and adults, and 100 Gospel bracelets that the church members could give away.  That same day 45 people enrolled in the program to receive encouraging text messages.  The church members are still sharing the information about these programs with people in the Roi-et community and will send information about others who wish to join the programs.

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