Thursday Evenings at the Into Light Center

Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok operates an English program in the same building as the church.  Two people from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the United States are helping the program by serving as long term volunteer English teachers.  Many Thai people want to learn English, but they want to study with a native speaker. 

In addition to helping Thai people learn English, the church, Center staff and US volunteers want to share the Gospel with the students.  The English classes provide a reason for people to come to the Center and give chances for the volunteers to build relationships with their students.  It’s in the context of these classes and personal relationships that the volunteers have opportunities to share their faith.

LHMT director sharing an object lesson

Since February the LHMT director and staff have been doing a special program with the volunteers, Center staff and some students between the evening classes.  After singing some songs and doing a fun activity, the LHMT director or one of the staff share a short object lesson about some truth from the Bible.

Recently several students have expressed interest in learning more about Christianity.  They like to come early on Thursday evenings to participate in the activities before their classes begin.  A couple of the students are planning to participate in the LHMT Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), so they can begin to study the Bible in more detail and learn who Jesus is and what he has done for them. 

Aht (second from left) enjoys the Thursday evening fun activities

Aht, a young man who has been studying English at the Center for the past several months, has been asking lots of questions about the Bible and has told the volunteer English teachers that he’s thinking about becoming a Christian.  Through the BCC Aht will be able to follow a planned program for learning the basic Christian teachings.  The LHMT staff will also stay in contact with Aht to guide and encourage him as the seed of faith that the Holy Spirit has planted in his heart grows and matures.

The LHMT staff, Center staff and volunteer English teachers will continue working together to develop the Thursday evening between class outreach program in the coming weeks and months.  Please pray that many students will join the Thursday evening activities and be touched by the Holy Spirit as they hear the LHMT Gospel presentations.

Ministry Booth Provides Good Opportunity for ETS Training

The participants were happy to receive their certificates and ETS pins

One of the goals of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) is to help church members learn how to share their faith with unbelievers in their communities and families.  Because many Christians in Thailand are not familiar with LHMT and the various ministries that they do, the LHMT director has been hoping to have LHMT become more visible and well known in the Thai Christian community. 

In August 2010 LHMT was given an opportunity to set up a ministry booth at a Christian women’s camp in Chainat Province and a booth to sell products from the LHMT Christian bookstore.  During the camp many participants were very happy to have a chance to purchase Christian books, Christian music CDs and other materials that are not easily available to them in their home area.  They were also very interested in learning more about the ministries of LHMT.  When some of the campers learned about the Equipping the Saints (ETS) trainings that LHMT does in churches around Thailand, they talked with their pastors.  One of the pastors then arranged for LHMT to do an ETS training in Singburi Province.

31 of the 55 participants commit to being LHMT commissioned volunteers

On June 11 LHMT staff spent the day conducting an ETS training in Singburi for 55 people from 11 different churches.  The participants came not only from Singburi Province, but also from Lopburi Province and Salaburi Province.  In addition to presenting the usual 7 ETS modules, LHMT staff also set up a table for selling items from their Christian bookstore. 

The LHMT director and staff are very pleased with the results of the ETS seminar.  Everyone enjoyed participating in the modules, worship and activities and some new relationships were started.  One church asked LHMT to schedule some future activities in their area, one church requested some radio dramas produced by LHMT that they could broadcast on their community radio station and 30 people asked to start receiving the Gospel text messages that LHMT sends to the cell phones of more than 4,000 people each week.

But, possibly the best result from the ETS training is the fact that 31 people, more than half of the participants, became commissioned LHMT volunteers. 

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From Stress to Peace

Mr. Boonlert Chaiaroon is from Suphanburi Province and moved with his family to Chainart Province.  He has 2 children and was stressed, as he did not earn enough income to support his family.  He wanted to find peace and happiness in his life and had the opportunity to hear about God since he was 14 and was searching to know more about Him.  

The pastor of Living Streams Church in Manorom District, Chainart Province recommended that he attend his church as well as take the Bible Correspondence Courses from LHMT, so that he would understand the Christian way of life better.  Mr. Boonlert applied for the BCC from LHMT and after taking the courses he says, “The lessons have given me many things, particularly the meaning in life.  It has helped me to know God’s will and how I can serve Him.”  

The Lord led Mr. Boonlert to be baptized at a church camp on May 6, 2011.  Now he is a child of God and he still is taking the correspondence courses. Currently, he is taking lesson 2 of the second course and has been learning the basic skills of how to live a life in faith.  Mr. Boonlert says, “My life has changed. I used to be stressed about the living conditions in my life, however, now I have peace in my heart, because I have God as my Guide in life.  He has blessed me with better living conditions.”  

Mr. Boonlert’s life has changed, as he has God to be his Guide.  Mr. Boonlert is happy that the Lord led him to open his heart to Jesus and be baptized. Currently, he is being nurtured by Living Streams Church in Manorom Dictrict, Chainart Province.  Please remember him in your prayers, that he will grow in faith and lead a life of fellowship with God.

Bright Teeth and Happy Feet Project is a Success

All 643 students received free gift packs

Through the gift of some special funding Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) was able to do a project to help school children in Guiburi District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.  With the title of “Bright Teeth and Happy Feet” the project focused on a need that the LHMT director and staff discovered during the Christmas school outreach in December 2010. They learned that some schools weren’t having the students brush their teeth after lunch, because the schools didn’t have enough money in their budgets to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and cups for the students. 

From May 25-27 the LHMT director and some staff visited 7 schools in Guiburi District.  They took with them gift packs for each of the 643 students.  The packs contained 2 toothbrushes, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 1 plastic cup, a pamphlet that explained why it’s so important for the students to brush their teeth every day and a Christian pamphlet.  Every student also received a paper model of teeth, so that they could practice how to brush properly. 

School uniforms include socks, because a lot of bacteria can be picked up by the children’s feet.  That’s especially important in rural areas like Guiburi District.  During the Christmas school outreach program, the LHMT director also noticed that many students didn’t wear socks or their socks had big holes in them.  So, the gift packs also included 3 pair of socks for each child.

Pastor Wichian organized the program very well

The LHMT team was assisted by Pastor Wichian Rakkhanto from Guiburi Full Gospel Church and some of his church members and several dentists volunteered to teach the students the proper techniques for brushing their teeth.  Pastor Wichian and his church members made all of the arrangements for doing the project at all of the schools and for the dentists to help.  Pastor Wichian also invited the students to visit his church on Saturday mornings to attend free lessons to learn how to play the guitar, drums and keyboard and he closed each program with prayer.

At each school the LHMT staff led the students in some fun activities and singing songs about the importance of brushing their teeth.  They also sang a Christian song about God’s love.  The students were very happy to get the gift packs and really enjoyed the activities and singing.  It was a good way for them to have fun while learning important information about taking care of their teeth.

All of the school principals agreed to provide time and supervision for the students to brush their teeth after lunch at school every day.  Pastor Wichian and the dentists plan to visit the schools 1-2 times each month to see if the students continue to brush their teeth after lunch.  It’s also a good opportunity for him to build relationships with the principals, teachers and some students, because he is very interested in sharing the Gospel in as many schools as possible.

Included in the regular curriculum is a class about some of the different religions.  Several school principals invited Pastor Wichian to teach the section about Christianity.   This will give him an excellent chance to be involved in the schools and to share God’s love through his teaching, as well as through his actions.

Because the LHMT director was able to purchase the supplies for the gift packs at a greater discount than expected, some of the money for the project wasn’t spent on the 7 schools in Guiburi District.  As a bonus, the LHMT staff plans to repeat this project for an additional 774 students at 1 school inSamut Songkhram Provinceand 2 schools in Suphanburi Province in June.

We thank God that everything went so smoothly with this project and that we’ll be able to help more than twice the number of students than we expected. 

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