School Christmas Program in Bangkok

LHMT gave Christmas information book to the director of each school

The new school director and teachers at Wat Thong Plaeng School in Bangkok invited Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) to join the school’s annual Christmas party and to teach the students about the true meaning of Christmas. 

Because the school is so large, the LHMT staff were assisted by Pastor Chatri Jitsopee and ten members of Thonburi Full Gospel Church.  As the LHMT team and church team arrived at the school shortly before 10:00am on December 23, they could see many bright decorations, pictures of Santa Claus and a number of teachers and students wearing red and white Santa hats.  One small group of students did a dance routine to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and a teacher talked about how the students would be receiving gifts from Santa that morning.

From 10:00am until 12:00 noon, the church group and LHMT team did presentations for the entire school about the true meaning of Christmas.  The church team worked with the kindergarten students and half of the LHMT did a presentation for the primary grades 1-6.  They had a good time singing Christmas songs about Jesus, playing games and watching the Lutheran Hour Ministries animated Christmas video, “Red Boots for Christmas.” 

The other half of the LHMT team spent the time with the junior high classes 1-3.  They also had a good time singing Christmas songs and playing games, but instead of the animated video, they did an activity with the letters in the word “Christmas” that presented a clear message about the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

As all of the students received their gift packs at the end of the morning, nearly 1,000 students, teachers and parents had learned that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus.  That God had come to the earth to save people from their sins. 

In a conversation with the new school director, just before the LHMT team left the school, he apologized for telling the students that Christmas was just about Santa Claus.  Now that he knew the real story, he promised that the school’s Christmas program next year would be different.  He also said that he planned to accept Pastor Chatri’s invitation to attend the church’s Christmas activity that weekend.

The LHMT staff enjoyed working with the team from Thonburi Full Gospel Church and look forward to doing more programs with them in the future.

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