LHMT Trains 52 People in Guiburi District

Pastor Wichian Rakkhuntho from Guiburi Church was a very good host to our LHMT team

Pastors and members of 5 churches and 1 preaching station from several districts attended the Equipping the Saints training conducted by Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) on August 11, 2012.  The training was held at Guiburi Church in Guiburi District, Prachuap Khirikhan Province.

This training is designed to assist the pastors and church members in sharing the Gospel with people in their communities and with ideas about how to welcome visitors into their churches.  The training is comprised of 7 Modules that cover topics such as why we do evangelism and biblical models for reaching out to the lost.  The LHMT director and staff also explain how to use local media in doing evangelism and they introduce the participants to the various types of ministry that LHMT does.

Some commissioned volunteers who are willing to share the Good News of Jesus Christ

Of the 52 people who attended the training, 37 committed to being commissioned volunteers for LHMT in their communities.  At the end of the day they were sent out with prayer to be more fully involved in the ministry of their churches.

As usual, many people were interested in receiving the encouraging Gospel text messages that LHMT sends to more than 5,000 cell phones each week and 47 attendees signed up to join this program.

Many people mentioned how much they appreciate this training and that they feel much better equipped to tell people in their families and communities about God’s love and salvation through Jesus.  We thank God for continuing to bless our ETS training programs and for the many people who are eager to spread the Gospel.

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Mother’s Day Provides Good Opportunity for School Outreach

The children learned about their mother’s love through Christian beliefs.

On August 10, 2012 the staff of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) spent the day conducting two school outreach programs in Guiburi District, Prachuap Khirikhan Province.  In Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated in connection with Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12.  Because it was Mother’s Day weekend, the team focused on the relationship between the students and their mothers. 

In the morning they visited Yang Chum Wittaya Junior High School.  From 9:00-10:30am the team led the 78 students in grades Junior 1-6 in songs, games and fun activities.  The LHMT team also used three short video clips that demonstrated how great a mother’s love is for her children.  One of the LHMT staff talked with the students about how a mother’s love comes from God, so the children learned about their mother’s love through Christian beliefs.

In one of the activities the teachers acted as representatives of the students’ mothers.  The children then showed honor to their mother’s by doing acts of respect for those teachers.  During the week before Mother’s Day the students wrote essays about their mother’s love.  The LHMT director and staff read the essays and chose the best three.  At the end of the morning’s activities, the pastor’s wife presented awards to the students whose essays were chosen as first, second and third place.

After lunch the LHMT team went to Wat Wong Yao Primary School to conduct a Mother’s Day program for the 239 students in grades 4-6.  They did many of the same songs, games and fun activities as they did in the morning.  For these younger children the LHMT staff did show the videos, but the students didn’t write essays.  Instead the children drew pictures to show their mother’s love.  

Once again the LHMT staff chose the top three winners and gave them awards.  They also selected two other pictures for honorable mention.  As during the morning session, the teachers served as representatives of the students’ mothers and the children showed respect for their mothers by honoring their teachers. 

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As often as possible the LHMT director and staff use Thai holidays as an opportunity to visit schools to conduct special programs.  The teachers and school administrators usually are very happy to invite LHMT to conduct these activities.  It makes the holiday celebrations more enjoyable for the students without extra work from the teachers.  This has proven to be a very effective way for LHMT to make connections with schools and to have opportunities to share God’s love with the teachers and students.

Preparing for Online Mission Trip to Thailand

Troy Teuscher (L) and Jeremy Mehrle visited LHM Thailand office in August

Two videographers from the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis just completed a two-week visit to Thailand.  Troy Teuscher and Jeremy Mehrle took many hours of videotape documenting the sights and sounds of Bangkok and southern Thailand.  They highlighted some of the ministry activities of Journey Into Light, the local name for Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT), and many unique aspects of Thai culture and society.

Selected portions of Troy’s and Jeremy’s video footage will be used during the Online Mission Trip to Thailand, which is designed for Lutheran school children in the United States and Canada.  The Online Mission Trip is an interactive program that gives the students an opportunity to learn about Thailand and the ministry that LHMT is doing here.  In addition to the video clips, the students will see live presentations by the LHMT director and staff.  During the program the students will be able to ask questions for the LHMT director to answer about Thailand and their ministry activities.  The Online Mission Trip to Thailand is scheduled for January 28-31, 2013.  If your school is interested in participating in this program, please go to http://www.lhm.org/ where you can find more information about the program and directions for registering. 

During their time in Thailand Troy and Jeremy enjoyed seeing some of Thailand’s beautiful beaches and rural areas, visiting schools and churches, documenting a typical day in the life of some Thai children, experiencing local markets and shopping malls, sitting in Bangkok traffic, eating some delicious Thai food and discovering many fruits they had never seen before.

We thank Troy and Jeremy for their hard work here and we hope that many Lutheran schools in the United States and Canada will join us for the Online Mission Trip to Thailand.

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LHMT Director Attends Convention in Canada

LHMT director with Dr. Bruce, his wife Mj and other country directors

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director attended the biannual convention in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada from July 25-29, 2012.  During the convention the director set up an information booth, where she was able to meet many LHMT friends and supporters from the United States and Canada. 

Since LHMT has received special support from the Indiana District for a number of years, the director had a chance to share an overview with the Indiana representatives about the LHMT ministries during a morning breakfast. 

Rose entertaining the convention participants

The LHMT director arranged for one of Thailand’s famous pop singers, Rose Sirintip Hanpradit, to travel to the convention and present a mini-concert during a luncheon for more than 400 convention attendees.  After the luncheon the director received many very positive comments about Rose’s performance and the wonderful impression that she made on all who heard her.

From the feedback that the director received during and after the convention, everyone was very pleased about the ministries of LHMT and the image of Thailand and the Thai people that they saw through the information booth, Rose’s performance and their personal interactions with convention attendees.

The LHMT director also was able to attend two workshops.  She attended “Exciting and Experiencing Outreach Teams” and “Who me?” and will adapt the information to the LHMT ministry in Thailand. 

The convention was a good opportunity to inform many people about the culture of Thailand and the work that LHMT is doing here.  It was very helpful to be able to personally reconnect with so many friends and supporters from the Indiana District and to know that they will continue to partner with LHMT and pray for our ministry in Thailand.

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LHMT Conducts First Listener Gathering in Sukhothai Province

Mr. Prawit and Mr. Tak during live radio broadcast before Listener Gathering

On July 21 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff conducted a Listener Gathering at Samarn Samakee Muang Sikhothai Church in Sukhothai Province.  This was the first time that they did a special activity in that area. 

The LHMT team were happy to see 115 people join in the day of games, songs, fun activities and a Gospel presentation by the local pastor.  In addition to the 53 people who listen to the “Home for Love” radio program, many church members and friends also came.  This was a good opportunity for the listeners to meet LHMT radio speaker Mr. Prawit Julangsi and for LHMT to share more about the LHMT programs and ministries with the listeners, pastor and church members.

The pastor and church members were very thankful that they were able to meet the listeners and to begin building relationships with them.  They plan to do follow-up contacts with the listeners in the near future. 

The pastor and church members enjoyed partnering with LHMT in this outreach activity and are interested in hosting an Equipping the Saints training with LHMT.  The LHMT staff looks forward to returning to Sukhothai and doing that training at the church.

Ms. Wara Palapol (L) enjoyed meeting with new friends in church

Two listeners who attended the Listener Gathering had to drive from a different district.  Ms. Wara Palapol and her mother, Khun Nang, were very eager to meet the LHMT radio speaker and staff, because they are very interested in learning more about God.  In addition to having them join the Bible Correspondence Course, the LHMT staff also asked Samarn Samakee Muang Sikhothai Church to follow up with them.

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