Participants Wish ETS Training Could Be Longer

Pastor Pracha Thaiwatchramas and his wife, Nilubon

In August 2011 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and 3 staff members traveled 7 hours by van from Bangkok to Udonthani Province in northeastern Thailand.  Pastor Pracha Thaiwatchramas from Sajatharm Baptist Church in Muang District had invited them to conduct an Equipping the Saints (ETS) training at his church.  Pastor Pracha had heard about this training from his wife, Nilubon Thaiwatchramas, who is an LHMT board member.

A total of 55 people from 6 churches and 2 outreach centers attended the training.  They were very excited to have the opportunity to receive the training and committed themselves to be much more involved in reaching out to the lost in their communities in the future.  To give action to their words, 23 people asked to become LHMT commissioned volunteers and said that they wanted to participate in more LHMT activities.  Forty-four people signed up to begin receiving the encouraging Gospel messages sent out from LHMT every week.

Because the LHMT director became sick shortly after the team arrived in Udonthani, she was unable to lead any of the ETS modules.  We thank God that her 3 staff were able to teach all of the modules and lead other activities without her, so the training was still successful. 

All of the evaluations at the end of the training were very positive.  Some people asked if more LHMT activities could be planned, because they knew that many people were unable to attend in August.  They also asked if the ETS training could be longer, so they could learn more and have time to practice in the community some of the things they were learning in the workshop. 

The LHMT director and staff are very encouraged by the positive feedback.  They look forward to returning to Udonthani Province to conduct more outreach activities.

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Children’s Bibles Are Being Spread Throughout Thailand

LHMT is very thankful for the funds that it received from the LHM Headquarters in St. Louis to conduct the Children’s Bible Project. 

"I'm very happy for this gift. I'll learn more about Jesus," said Sunisa Sudcha

We bought 500 copies of A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories to distribute to the children that we already know, who don’t have their own Bibles.  We traveled to southern Thailand to distribute the first 100 books at Romklao Tungsong Church in Nakhonsithammarat Province on July 16, 2011.  Representatives came from 4 churches to receive the books.  Romklao Tungsong Church received 69 copies, Baan Ton Sai Church received 10 books, Prataigaruna Church received 11 and Ratchada Church received 10 books. 

From August 5-8 we made another trip to distribute 81 Children’s Bibles in 3 provinces in northeastern Thailand.  We gave 17 books to the children of Phrakhun Phrajao Nong Wauso Church in Udonthani Province, 24 copies to the children of Chaiyaporn Church in Bungkan Province and the remaining 40 books to the children on Phrakhun Phrajao Roiet Church in Roiet Province.

Mrs. Hawmhuan Laoya (R) with her Bible students

The children were very happy to receive the free Bibles and to be able to read the Bible stories by themselves.  Mrs. Hawmhuan Laoya, a member of Chaiyaporn Church in Bungkan Province who helps with the church’s children’s Bible class, said, “I’m proud to receive this Bible.  Every child in my class received one.  I thank God for helping us through this project, especially the people from the United States who gave the donations.  I believe this children’s Bible will be helpful in my teaching, because we lack the object lessons.  I thank God for the blessing of teaching in Chaiyaporn Church.”

We pray that these Bible stories will help the children learn more about God and be strengthened in their faith.  We are making plans to distribute the remaining 300 copies of A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories as soon as possible.

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LHMT Gives Nearly 100 Free Gifts on Mother’s Day

A boy gives LHMT gifts to his mother

August 12 is a national holiday in Thailand.  It’s the Thai Queen’s birthday and also Mother’s Day. In an effort to make more connections with people in the community around the Lutheran Hour office in Bangkok, Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) planned a special activity. 

On August 10-11 LHMT staff set up a table in front of the building during lunch time.  They invited anyone passing by to sign up for two free gifts, which they could give to their mothers for Mother’s Day. 

Everyone who stopped and provided their contact information received a Mother’s Day card and a small lapel pin with the words, “Love Mother” and the words from Proverbs 31:29, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”  They also received a lapel pin with an artificial jasmine flower, because jasmine is the flower for Mother’s Day.  Nearly 100 people took advantage of this offer and signed up for the free gifts.  LHMT staff will be contacting all of these people and inviting them to participate in the LHMT Bible Correspondence Courses and to visit the LHMT bookstore.

Please pray that many people will accept the invitation and begin learning more about the Bible and who Jesus is.

New Live Broadcast for New Life Radio

Under the leadership of Pastor Chatri Pimjaiprapa, Bangkhunthian New Life Churchhas been operating New Life Radio, a community radio station in Bangkhunthian District in Bangkok.  In May 2011 Pastor Chatri contacted LHMT about the possibility of obtaining three radio programs produced by LHMT.  Many community radio stations that are owned and operated by Christian churches in Thailand have difficulty producing enough programs to fill their broadcast schedules, so LHMT is happy to help them with that. 

LHMT staff and radio speaker during the live broadcast

On July 20, 2011 some LHMT staff and one of the LHMT radio speakers went to Bangkhunthian New Life Church to conduct a live broadcast of the “Home for Love” program from the New Life Community Radio station.  During the 1-hour program about family issues, the speaker asked the listeners questions about what impressed them about their families.  One of the callers said that she was impressed by the way her family cared for each other.  Then she told the speaker that she was also impressed with this live radio program and that she looked forward to listening more of our programs on this station in the future.

Pastor Chatri Pimjaiprapa (left) receiving the sample of LHMT's materials from staff

During the visit the LHMT staff shared with Pastor Chatri and some of his church members about the many different LHMT ministries and they discussed ways in which LHMT and Bangkhunthian New Life Church can work together.  LHMT will continue to provide the church with more radio programs and looks forward to building a close relationship in the months to come.