ETS Participants Make Commitment to Use What They Learned

LHMT staff taught some special techniques for sharing the Gospel

As usual, the Equipping the Saints (ETS) training on June 16, 2012 started with a time of worship with all 40 participants from 8 churches joining together in praise and prayer.  They came to Parasiri Ngao Church in Ngao District, Lampang Province to learn how to share their faith.  Through the 7 ETS training modules the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff introduced the participants to many practical techniques for telling people about salvation through Jesus Christ.

The LHMT team received a very warm welcome and everyone who attended the training was very eager to learn.  They enjoyed meeting each other and participating in the discussions and activities throughout the day.  Many of the people attending even gave donations to help support LHMT ministry activities.

The feedback that the LHMT team received at the end of the training was very positive.  One church decided to set up a ministry team to do outreach activities at least once each week and planned to ask all other church members to make a commitment to reach out to their community together.  Other individuals said that they planned to use what they learned during the training to share their faith with their family, friends and neighbors and to develop stronger fellowship among the members of their churches.

The participants were very happy to learn about the encouraging Gospel text messages that LHMT sends to more than 5,000 cell phones each week.  They asked that nearly 50 names of people from their churches be added to the list of text message recipients.  The LHMT staff was encouraged that 18 ETS participants asked to become commissioned volunteers. 

Because 4 churches were unable to attend the ETS training, LHMT was asked to return to conduct the training for members of those churches and others in the area.  LHMT was also invited to go to a new place in Phayao Province to introduce the ETS training to people there. 

The distance between Bangkok and Lampang Province is about 800 kilometers (480 miles).  On the return trip the long 10-hour van ride was made more pleasant by a visit to 2 faithful supporters of LHMT ministries.  Mr. Kriangsak and Fongjan Maigitmau invited the team to stop at their home for lunch.  After an enjoyable time of fellowship together, Mr. Kriangsak and Fongjan gave some souvenirs to the LHMT staff and another donation for the work of LHMT. 

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Plans Begin for Online Mission Trip to Thailand

 

Kay (L) and Polly discussing online mission trip with LHMT director

Just before midnight on May 24, 2012 two visitors arrived from the St. Louis headquarters of Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) in the United States.  Polly Gregali and Kay Shoemaker came to Thailand to begin planning an online mission trip to Thailand.  Each year Lutheran Hour Ministries arranges an online mission trip to one of its ministry centers.  In March 2012 the online trip was to Paraguay.  The online mission trip to Thailand is scheduled for January 28-31, 2013.

During their six days in Thailand, Polly and Kay visited the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) office in Bangkok, visited some ministry locations in Bangkok and southern Thailand and tried to learn as much as possible about the overall work of LHMT and Thai culture and society.  The things they experienced and learned during their time here will help them begin planning the activities that will be included in the online mission trip.

Polly and Kay learning about local markets

Enjoying a boat ride

The online mission trips are specifically designed for students in Lutheran schools and scheduled to fit into their normal school day.  The students can enjoy learning about the country, the culture and the ministry of the LHM ministry center and have opportunities to ask questions during the live program.  All Lutheran schools in the United States and Canada are invited to join this interactive experience.  For more information about online mission trips, visit the LHM website at www.lhm.org.

Two other visitors from the LHM headquarters will visit Thailand in August to do videotaping that will be used during the online mission trip, including filming a typical day in the life of a Thai student.  Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide everyone involved in this project and inspire the students to be excited to learn about mission ministry, to pray for missionaries and church workers in other countries and to consider becoming missionaries in the future.

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