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.

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