LHMT Says Farewell to Mr. Bruce and Marijane

Mr. Bruce and Marijane enjoyed meeting with Meaw, LHMT radio speaker

November 16 was the last day in Thailand for Lutheran Hour Ministries Executive Director Mr. Bruce Wurdeman and his wife Marijane.  After returning from their visit to the Lutheran Hour Ministries office in Vietnam, they stayed in Bangkok for one day before beginning their trip back to St. Louis.

In the morning Mr. Bruce led the daily devotion for the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff and director.  Based on Matthew 27:11-14 & 21-23 his message focused on Pilate’s question, “What am I to do with Jesus?” 

Mr. Bruce led the daily devotion for LHMT

The LHMT staff and director received encouragement from the devotion, because Mr. Bruce asked them to consider that same question for themselves.  Everyone appreciated the devotion and enjoyed singing three worship songs together and Marijane had a closing prayer.

Following the devotion Mr. Bruce and Marijane were able to stay for some fellowship time with the LHMT director and staff and to share a delicious farewell meal at the LHMT office.  As a symbol of their thanks for the Wurdemans’ visit and their friendship and encouragement, the LHMT staff and director presented Mr. Bruce and Marijane with some farewell gifts

In the afternoon and early evening Mr. Bruce and Marijane visited the Suan Luam Night Bazaar, where they enjoyed some last minute shopping.  They got little sleep that night, because they had to leave the hotel at 2:30am to catch their flight that left Bangkok at 5:30am.  They were pleasantly surprised when the entire LHMT staff met them at the airport at 3:30am to say good bye and to pray for their safe trip.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2010 Annual Thanksgiving Banquet

All friends and supporters praised God together during the opening worship

On November 6, 2010 from 5:00-9:00pm Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) held its annual Thanksgiving Banquet under the theme “Great is the Lord.”  Nearly 200 friends and supporters enjoyed purchasing products from the LHMT bookstore, bidding on items in the silent auction, and sharing a delicious meal.

Each year the Thanksgiving Banquet is held to thank God for his blessings on our ministry during the past year, to meet friends and supporters, to give an update on our current ministry situation and our plans for the coming year and as an opportunity for doing some fund raising. 

The executive director of Lutheran Hour Ministries, Mr. Bruce Wurdeman and his wife Marijane

Special guests for the evening included the executive director of Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri USA, Mr. Bruce Wurdeman and his wife Marijane and LHM Asia Counselor Ms. Gunya Na Thalang.  Mr. Bruce and his wife spent about ten days in Thailand learning about Thai culture and the ministries of LHMT.  While in Thailand Mr. Bruce was kind enough to share greetings during the banquet, preach at a church in southern Thailand and lead a morning devotion for the LHMT staff.  He and his wife also donated a beautiful cross for the silent auction.  We also want to express our gratitude to Ms. Gunya and our Advocacy Board Members for donating so many wonderful auction items.  The LHMT staff thank them for their generosity.

Rev. Dr. Banjop Kusawadee preaching the encouraging message

We want to give special thanks to Rev. Dr. Banjop Kusawadee, the director of the Luther Seminary in Thailand for the encouraging message during the banquet.  We also thank Mr. Umnuay Ruangchan, the former LHMT radio speaker for singing some special songs and Mr. Ekapat and Ms. Chosita Pongurai, who are LHMT volunteers and supporters, for sharing their beautiful music during the banquet.  Thanks also go to our LHMT staff for leading our uplifting opening worship and to the commissioned volunteers who assisted with the banquet. 

We thank God for a wonderful evening.  Through His blessing and the love and generosity of so many friends and supporters, our annual Thanksgiving Banquet was once again successful and a special time of fellowship with LHMT friends, supporters and special guests.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Executive Director for Lutheran Hour Ministries Visits Thailand

Mr. Bruce and Marijane Wurdeman

From late night on November 4 through November 10 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) hosted two special visitors from St. Louis, Missouri.  Mr. Bruce Wurdeman and his wife, Marijane, spent time in Bangkok and in southern Thailand, learning about Thai culture and the various ministries of LHMT. 

As the new Executive Director for Lutheran Hour Ministries, Mr. Bruce is eager to learn about the work of each of the Lutheran Hour offices around the world.  During his time in Thailand he was able to hear about and experience personally some of the unique challenges and opportunities for LHMT to Bring Christ to the Nations and the Nations to the Church in this society. 

To gain as much understanding as possible during the visit, Mr. Bruce and his wife had a very busy schedule.  While in Bangkok they toured the LHMT building, observed the various ministries of each of the LHMT staff and spent time getting to know each other.  They also visited the Luther Institute Southeast Asia, stopped in the CGM Center and Into Light Lutheran Church, and observed a live radio broadcast being aired by one of the LHMT speakers. 

On Saturday evening, November 6, they attended the annual Thanksgiving Banquet that LHMT hosted for nearly 200 friends and supporters.  The people who attended the dinner appreciated being able to meet the Executive Director and Mr. Bruce enjoyed speaking to the group for about ten minutes.

Mr. Bruce and Marijane were able to see more of Bangkok and learn about the local culture as they did some shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market and ate dinner on a boat on the Chaophraya River.

Although they only had time for a quick two-day trip to southern Thailand, Mr. Bruce and Marijane were able to visit the tsunami area, where LHMT did several relief projects to help tsunami victims and their families in early 2005.  These projects were accomplished in partnership with the Concordia Lutheran Churches in the town of Takuapa and Khok Kloi.  During the Sunday afternoon worship, Mr. Bruce preached the sermon and met some of the 40 tsunami victims who have been baptized and joined the church.  The topic of his sermon was, “What a Homecoming!” based on Revelation 7:9-17.   Mr. Bruce reminded those present in the church that they all were brothers and sisters in Christ with Mr. Bruce and his wife and other Christians around the world.  Through their common faith in Jesus, they will one day join together in praising Jesus around his throne in heaven.

Monday morning was filled with a meeting with the mayor of the Takuapa district, a chance to talk with some students at a private school run by a local Christian family, and a stop at a commercial radio station operated by the Thai government.  The station director said that he is very pleased with the daily “Cheerful Life” program provided by LHMT for this radio station.  He said that he always receives positive comments from the listeners.

An unexpected bonus for Mr. Bruce was an invitation to go golfing with the mayor, his assistant and a local businessman.   The mayor then treated Mr. Bruce, Marijane, the Lutheran Hour Asia Counselor, the LHMT director and other friends to dinner at a local restaurant.  This was a wonderful opportunity to get to know some local leaders more personally and for them to understand more about the ministry of Concordia Lutheran Church in Takuapa and Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand. 

After a short flight back to Bangkok on Tuesday, November 9, Mr. Bruce and Marijane had a special evening with the LHMT director and the Lutheran Hour Ministries Asia Counselor.  Following an excellent international buffet meal, they watched a Thai cultural program that included 150 performers, some goats and a few elephants.  The stage on which the program was performed is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the highest stage in the world.  Throughout the 90-minute program they enacted the history of Thailand through singing, dancing, special music and lighting and sound effects.

A visit to the Grand Palace and temple and a ride through some Bangkok canals on a long-tail boat on November 10 brought this portion of the Wurdeman’s trip to Thailand to a close. 

The LHMT director and staff are very thankful for this great opportunity to get to know Mr. Bruce and Marijane and to share with them some aspects of Thai culture and the LHMT ministry.  We pray that God will continue to bless them as they visit Vietnam from November 11-15.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.