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

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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