Holistic Project Blesses More Students Than Expected

552 students of Muang Samutsongkhram School are very happy to receive gift packs

Although the original Bright Teeth and Happy Feet project was completed in May 2011, an additional 780 students in 3 schools have been added to the project.  Because of discounted prices on the cost of the gift pack items, the size of the project could be more than doubled. 

On June 17, 2011 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff traveled to Muang Samutsongkhram School in Samutsongkhram Province to distribute gift packs to 552 students.  All of the students got 2 toothbrushes, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 1 plastic cup, 2 pair of socks and a Christian children’s magazine. 

A local dentist volunteered to teach the students how to brush their teeth properly and Pastor Gongpop Poochan from Jaisamarn Samutsongkhram Church prayed for the students.  Pastor Gongpop will also help with follow-up visits to the school.  The school will provide time for the students to brush their teeth after lunch every day and to help make teeth brushing a normal part of the daily routine of the students.

The 147 students at Wang Yao School in Suphanburi Province were excited to receive their Bright Teeth and Happy Feet gift packs from the LHMT staff on June 23, 2011.  A local dentist used hand puppets to do an object lesson about the causes of tooth problems and the correct way to brush teeth. 

Pastor Chumpon Khumpanyam from PornthaweeChurchshared God’s love with the students and prayed for them at the end of the morning program.  After the program Wilai Gorgae, a Primary 6 student told the LHMT team and church team, “Thank you for bringing the gifts to us. This gift will be very helpful for me.”  Primary 5 student, Saharat Garnpakdee, said, “Thank you for the gift.  I will use this gift to keep my teeth healthy.”

The 81 students at Baan Lawa Wang Kuai School really enjoyed singing songs about brushing their teeth and a song about God’s love before they received their gift packs.  Later Dentist Pranee Prateeptong from Suphanburi Province Public Health Department explained to the students how and why to take good care of their teeth and Pastor Chumpon again shared God’s love with the students and closed the program with prayer. 

Somsak Bungongta

Somsak Bungongta, a Primary 6 student told the LHMT team, “Before I had only one pair of socks.  Now I received two more.  Thank you very much!”

Teacher Gittiya Nongluck thanked the teams and invited them to come back again.  Dentist Pranee Prateeptong also enjoyed being part of the project team.

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