LHMT and TCLC Agree to Work Together More Closely

Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) and Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC) have signed an agreement to work together in Thailand.  The primary goal of this Memorandum of Understanding is to do outreach programs and projects that proclaim the Gospel to unchurched people in Thailand, to teach them the Christian faith and to connect them with local congregations.  Also, LHMT and TCLC plan to provide training for laypersons to be directly involved in outreach and evangelism activities in their communities.

This ministry partnership will be a good opportunity for the pastors and church members of TCLC to become familiar with all of the materials, training and resources available through LHMT and to use them as they reach out to those in their communities who don’t know Jesus.  LHMT will look to TCLC churches for follow-up activities with listeners and other people who are interested in learning more about the Bible and about Christianity, especially those who have completed the LHMT Bible Correspondence Courses.

LHMT and TCLC look forward to working together more closely in the future and expect that this partnership will be a benefit to both groups in doing their ministries in Thailand.

Sharing Love

The sweet couple attened our sharing love activities

Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) reached out to people in the community near its office by doing special Valentine activities.  For two days the LHMT staff set up a table and display and spent time interacting with people in front of their office.  The purpose was to make connections and become more familiar to the people who live and work in the area and to share with them the true meaning of love.

To attract people to the table, the LHMT staff played popular Christian songs about God’s love.  One of the activities involved people writing comments about love on a heart-shaped card.  They then placed it on a Valentine’s Day display next to the table.  Anyone passing by could share their comments and read what others had written.

The display included the words of 1 Corinthians 13 in Thai on a banner.  An English poster had the words of John 3:16 with the letters of the word “Valentine” highlighted in red. 

The LHMT staff also invited people to send a love message to someone they love.  LHMT gave them a special card with ‘God bless you’ on it.  They wrote their message on the card and addressed it someone they care about.  LHMT then provided the stamp and sent it in the mail for them.

One lady sent a message to her parents, who live quite far away in another province.  She told them that she loved them and missed them.  Then she wrote, “This card can deliver my love to you.”  A young woman working near the LHMT office wrote a card to her daughter, who lives outside Bangkok.  Part of her message was, “Have happiness.  You’re a wonderful daughter.”

More than 100 people visited the LHMT table and each one received a free gift set which included heart-shaped candy, a key chain and two pamphlets; one entitled “Planting True Love” and the other “The True Meaning of Love.”  The LHMT staff and director are very pleased with the success of this activity and plan to do other programs on the sidewalk outside their office in the future, so that more people can know about the LHMT ministry and hear about the wonderful gift of God’s love.

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Fun Friends Night

Into Light Lutheran Church is located near our LHM Thailand office in Bangkok.  Almost every evening and during the day on Saturdays they provide English classes at very reasonable prices for people in the community.  This is one way in which the church can share the love of Christ with people in the community through actions and words.

Starting this month our LHM Thailand staff and director are doing a program during the free time between classes with students in the English outreach program of Into Light Lutheran Church.  From 6:50-7:30pm every Thursday we visit the Light Center at the church to lead games, songs and fun activities, which are designed to create a friendly, fun atmosphere. 

These Thursday evening programs are a good chance for us to help the teachers and staff build relationships with their students outside of the class time.  One of the goals is to help the students feel welcome and comfortable, so that they will spend more time at the center.  This will give the students more chances to practice speaking English informally and provide more opportunities for the staff and teachers to share the Gospel with the students.

We look forward to spending time with the teachers and students each Thursday evening in the weeks to come.