Listener Gathering Joins Christmas Celebration in Phetchabun

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Pastor Padhermchai Janewijitsakul

On December 8, 2012 Pastor Padhemchai Janewijitsakul and the members of Church of Jesus Christ Thakham in Phetchabun Province had a special Christmas celebration at their church.  To make the day more special, Pastor Padhemchai invited Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) to join in their celebration and to do a Listener Gathering at the same time.  Many people in the community near the church have been listening to the LHMT radio program “A Cheerful Life,” so the LHMT director agreed.

When Pastor Padhemchai participated in an Equipping the Saints training that LHMT conducted in Phetchabun Province in the past, he said that he was interested in doing some ministry activity together.  This combination Christmas celebration and Listener Gathering was a good opportunity to do that. 

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Speaker Prawit Jularangsi

More than 500 people attended the program between 7:00pm-11:00pm.  The evening included singing Christmas songs, dancing, playing games and other fun activities.  Speaker Prawit Junlarangsi got to meet many listeners personally as he led some of the activities and had a question and answer time with them.  It was also a good chance for Pastor Padhemchai and the church members to interact with people from their community and to begin building relationships with them. 

In addition to giving many prizes throughout the evening, the speaker of LHMT radio program “Because You are Loved,” Chumpol Khumphanyaem also spoke to the people about the true meaning of Christmas.  Many people in Thailand know the stories about Santa Claus, but have never heard that at Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s Son.

Speaker Chumpol prayed for two listeners

Speaker Chumpol prayed for two listeners

When they heard the story about Jesus, two of the listeners indicated that they were interested in becoming Christians and asked for prayer.  Pastor Padhemchai will be following up with these two listeners and others who attended the evening of celebration.

We thank God for the way his Holy Spirit is working in the hearts of Thai people who are listening to the LHMT radio programs and for the desire that Pastor Padhemchai and his church members have to share the Gospel with people in their community.

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