9 Churches Work Well Together During ETS Training

Praying together for the lost

On March 12, 2011 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) workshop in Nong Bua Dang District in Chaiyaphum Province, which is in northeastern Thailand, about 380 kilometers from Bangkok.  When the LHMT team saw that 9 churches had sent people to attend the workshop, they were happy to make the 5-hour drive to get there.  The team knows that the 38 people who attended will take the information that they received and share it with the other people in their churches.

Travel also wasn’t easy for many of the participants.  Some of them came as far as 80 kilometers in the back of a truck to reach Baan Subjaroen Church, which hosted the ETS program.

Often the ETS workshops are attended mostly by younger people.  However, for this training many of the participants were older.  The youngest were in their late-20s and some were 70 years old.  But all of them had several things in common.  They all had great faith, were excited about learning how to share their faith with people in their communities, gave a warm welcome to the LHMT team and cooperated together very well during the training.

Because some people traveled so far, the workshop started at 10:00am instead of 9:00am.  To finish on time at 5:00pm, the LHMT team wasn’t able to go into as much detail during the 7 modules as usual.  Each of the team took responsibility for parts of the program.  Director Boom taught modules 1-3, Mr. Siam led module 4, Mr. Lek did module 5 and Mr. Tak finished the training by leading modules 6-7.  Ms. Nok was responsible for organizing the sale of the products from the LHMT bookstore.  The people who attended the workshop appreciated having the opportunity to purchase some Christian books and materials that usually are not available to them.  It was also a good way to do some fundraising for LHMT.

The feedback that LHMT received was very positive.  Twelve people asked to become commissioned LHMT volunteers.  Everyone was happy that the training was so practical and said that it will be very useful for them.  They asked the team to return soon to do more activities with them.  Some observers, who came from a nearby district, also asked LHMT to come and conduct a training for the 6-7 churches in their area. 

For the LHMT team, one of the highlights of the day came during Module 3, which is about the lost people who don’t know Jesus.  Each participant wrote the names of people they know, who are not Christians.  They then met together in small groups and prayed for each of those people. 

The LHMT team thanks God for their safe travel and successful training.  They enjoyed getting to know the people who attended and look forward to doing other programs in Chaiyaphum Province in the future.

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