Listener Gatherings in Southern Thailand

The radio speaker meeting with some listeners at the local market in Phang Nga

Phang Nga Province was the site of two Listener Gatherings conducted by Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff on November 20 & 21, 2010.  During the weekend they wanted to build good relationships with some of the listeners and local church members and to announce the “Cheerful Life” radio program that was being broadcast in that area.

After traveling by van from Bangkok, the LHMT staff visited a local market to see if they could find some people who listen to the radio programs produced by LHMT.  They were pleased to discover 25 people who said they tune in to the program regularly.  They all mentioned how much they enjoy the programs.  One lady even suggested that it would be better if the programs were longer than the current schedule of 30 minutes.  Unfortunately, because they had to work in the market, most of these listeners were unable to join either of the Listener Gatherings that weekend.

The radio speaker was sharing about Jesus to the young listeners at Khok Kloi Church

The first Listener Gathering event was held at Sahatai Khok Kloi Lutheran Church in Taimuang District during the afternoon of November 20.  A total of 93 people, including 41 listeners, joined in the fun games and other activities and heard a Gospel message from Pastor Suchart Choojit.  This was a good opportunity for the people to get to know the LHMT radio speaker and Pastor Suchart.  Some of the people expressed interest in learning more about Christianity, so Pastor Suchart will be doing follow-up visits with them.

Some listeners enjoyed talking about the radio program with the LHMT radio speaker at Takuapa Church

On November 21 the LHMT team visited Takuapa to worship at Sahatai Takuapa Lutheran Church in the morning and to conduct a Listener Gathering at the church in the afternoon.  This time 73 people, including 27 listeners, came to enjoy the activities and to listen to a message from Pastor Suchart Srigagan.  Again, everyone who attended had a good time and Pastor Suchart was able to meet many people.  Now he will be able to follow up with them in the coming weeks.

Although many people were unable to attend either of the Listener Gatherings because they had to work, we thank God for the chance to meet so many listeners and other people.  We also thank God for the positive responses we got from everyone and for the opportunities for the pastors to continue contacting them in the future.

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