LHMT Receives Thank You Letter

Mr. Somchai Tiengum (L) and Mr. Songsin Manosat

Although we received many thanks from the Bang Pood Samakee 3 Community leaders and residents when we completed our activities on Children’s Day, we also just received a very nice thank you letter from them.  The following is a translation of the letter we received from Mr. Somchai Tiengum (Community Vice-Chairman) and Mr. Songsin Manosat (Committee Member).   

Thank you letter from Bang Pood Samakee 3 Community

“Dear Director and Team,
On behalf of the committee and members of Bang Pood Samakee 3 Community I would like to say thank you to your Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand team for conducting activities and giving gifts to our children on Children’s Day on January 14.  We felt very impressed and the children had a lot of fun.  If anything caused you trouble or made you feel upset, we want to apologize.  The Bang Pood Samakee 3 committee members, the residents and I want to wish happiness and hope to you and the people you love and that your Christian God will bless you throughout the New Year.”

We feel very impressed with the leaders and residents of Bang Pood Samakee 3 Community.  We enjoyed getting to know them and we look forward to being involved with them again in the future.

A Happy Day After Many Days of Suffering

Children registering to receive gift sets and door prizes

The Lutheran Hour Ministry Thailand (LHMT) director and staff spent part of Children’s Day on January 14 in Bang Pood Samakee 3.  This is one of the communities where LHMT assisted flood victims through the Flood Relief Packs project last month.  Bang Pood Samakee 3 had been under water for more than two months when LHMT first visited there.  After distributing the packs, LHMT accepted an invitation from one of the community leaders to return on Children’s Day to lead special activities for the children.

 

LHMT staff welcoming children

This Children’s Day was different from past years in Bang Pood Samakee 3.  This was the first time that they planned to have all the children gather together in one place.  Usually they had divided the children into several groups according to the different areas of the community in which they live.  This year more than 100 adults and 97 children attended.  A number of residents prepared free food.  Others sang songs or provided other entertainment from the stage that was set up for this special occasion.

Between 6:00-7:00pm LHMT staff started the entertainment time by teaching several children’s songs and having them all sing together.  They also

Explaining Children's BCC to parents and inviting children to join

led some games, gave out lots of door prizes, talked about the Children’s Day motto, advertised the LHMT Children’s Bible Correspondence Course and SMS text messaging program.  They ended their portion of the program by praying for the children and the families in the community.

When the LHMT staff arrived on Children’s Day, many of the Bang Pood Samakee 3 residents greeted them with warm smiles and friendly handshakes.  Several of them mentioned how much they appreciated the help that LHMT gave them.  It was fun spending time with them and sharing in their Children’s Day celebration.

LHMT staff having fun leading songs

As the LHMT director and staff were leaving, the Bang Pood Samakee 3 community leaders and other residents gave them many gifts of food to take home with them.  They were very pleased with the program LHMT led and asked us to return on Children’s Day again next year.  We were very happy to accept their invitation.

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LHMT Staff Shares the True Meaning of Christmas with More than 1,500 Students

Students enjoyed watching the animated video, "The Little Shepherd"

During our annual Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Christmas School Outreach program each December we usually visit about 10 primary and junior high schools.  We had invitations to do our presentations about the real meaning of Christmas at 10 schools in Samut Songkhram Province this year, but we had to change our schedule.  Six schools had to cancel our visit, because they still were closed in December due to the floods that covered many parts of Thailand.

LHMT worked with local churches to plan and coordinate this program.  The four schools that were in session in December were very happy to have us present our program, because they never heard about the true meaning of Christmas before.

On December 13 the schedule was arranged by Pastor Gongpop Phujan from Jaisaman Samut Songkhram Church.  In the morning they did the program from 10:30-12:00 noon for 514 students at Muang Samut Songkhram School in Muang District.

In the afternoon 558 students at Ahnutbaan Muang Samut Songkhram School enjoyed the same program from 2:30-4:00pm.

LHMT staff gave gifts sets and encouraging Christian tracts to every student

On December 14 Pastor Samattapon Tankanitlert from Nimitmai Amphawa Church arranged for the LHMT team to visit two schools.  From 10:30-12:00 noon the LHMT team did the program for 299 students at Amphawan School in Amphawa District.  In the afternoon 130 students at Tessabaan School#3 participated in the program from 2:30-4:00pm.

Because all of the schools were primary schools, our staff showed the “Joel, The Little Shepherd” video to the children.  After watching the video, the LHMT staff talked about the story with the children to be sure they understood the main points about Christmas.

In addition to the video, the LHMT staff led many fun activities with the students.  They sang Christmas songs, played games and gave many door prizes to the children.  The pastors introduced their church members who helped with the program, told the students and teachers about their churches and gave a blessing to the teachers and students.

In spite of the schedule changes the trip went very well.  Everything was well organized by the pastors and our LHMT team were very happy with the results.  Although we weren’t able to present the program at six schools, we thank God for the opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with more than 1,500 students and teachers.  We also had a good chance to get to the know pastors and some of their church members and to begin building good relationships with them.  We look forward to working with them again in the future.

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