Children’s Day is a Fun Day for LHMT

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOn a community playground near the Nazarene Bangkok Church in Amonpan Suan Siam community more than 300 children and parents gathered to participate in special activities on Children’s Day, January 12, 2013. From 9:00am until noon the children enjoyed playing games, eating ice cream and sipping cold drinks. All of the children received prizes and everyone appreciated the free lunch.

Pastor Tanongsak Pongudta

Pastor Tanongsak Pongudta

At the invitation of the community chairman and Pastor Tanongsak Pongudta of Nazarene Bangkok Church, the organizers of the day’s program, Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) provided three fun games for children as young as 3 years old. While the smaller children loved playing ring toss and mini-basketball, the older children seemed to love the challenge of playing Tangrams. Even a couple of short rain showers didn’t dampen the festive atmosphere.

Children's Day Activities06When LHMT staff led the activity on the stage, they gave guidelines for the children about having good behavior and told them about God’s love for them. In addition to the gifts that the children received from the church and community, LHMT gave special gifts that included Christian tracts to each of the children.

Children and adults alike had a great time and it was a good chance for the pastor and church members to meet and interact with more people from the community. The LHMT director and staff were happy to support the outreach ministry of the church and had a great time playing games and singing songs with the children.

Pastor Tanongsak, a member of the LHMT staff a number of years ago, really appreciated the assistance of the LHMT director and staff and asked if we would help with their Children’s Day program again next year.


Christmas Outreach Activities in Front of LHMT Office

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFrom December 19-25, 2012 the LHMT staff did an outreach activity on the sidewalk in front of the LHMT building. In this busy neighborhood of small shops, a large department store, clinics and offices many people walk by the LHMT building several times each day.

During the busiest times between 8:30-10:00am and 12:00-1:00pm LHMT staff set up a table filled with prizes and information about Christmas and LHMT ministries. Using large Christmas banners and Christmas music CDs to help attract attention, people passing by were invited to play some simple games and to receive free gift sets and pamphlets about the true meaning of Christmas. They also were encouraged to sign up to win some nice prizes, which were distributed on December 25.

In addition to a number of people who just stopped to read the Christmas banners, 219 people gave their contact information in hopes of winning one of the door prizes. LHMT staff will follow up with those contacts in the coming weeks. The main reasons for doing this activity were to share the Christmas story, to let our neighbors know that we are Christians and to begin building more relationships with neighbors and people who come to work in this area every day.

One of food shops donated meals for the prizes

One of food shops donated meals for the prizes

When some of the people working near our LHMT building saw what we were doing and learned that part of the joy of Christmas is giving to others, an unexpected thing happened. The owners of 6 food shops donated a total of 25 free meals to LHMT that were given as prizes. All of those food shops offered to donate meals every time LHMT does this type of activity. We look forward to joining with these neighbors during our next activity on Children’s Day, January 12.

We thank God for the success of this activity and pray that he’ll bless us with closer relationships with the people in our community and more opportunities to share the good news about Jesus with them.
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Community Christmas Outreach Program

Christmas at CITL16In partnership with Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church, LHMT presented a Christmas outreach program in the Changwattana area of northern Bangkok. The theme of the program was “Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season.”

From 4:00-9:00pm on December 22 more than 100 people from the community and students from the church’s English classes enjoyed many fun games and activities, some good food and singing Christmas songs led by the LHMT team. Students studying in the Luther Institute Southeast Asia theological training program presented a drama about the birth of Jesus and sang some special songs.
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A few individuals won nice door prizes and everyone who attended received a prize and gift pack and heard the true meaning of Christmas from Pastor Taweep Oiwan. The feedback from the participants was very positive. They had a fun time and were glad to learn more about why Christmas is so important to Christians. This was a good chance for LHMT and Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church to meet more of their neighbors and to begin building personal relationships with them. LHMT and CILLC will work together to follow up on the 86 people who left their contact information.
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Christmas School Outreach (December 14)

On December 14, the last day of the trip, the LHMT team presented a program at Wat Don Sukkho School in Uthong District, Suphanburi Province. Also a small school with only 54 students, Pastor Mai and his church members were already well known by the students and teachers. The school is also the sight of Baan Nong Pa Saeng preaching station established by Uloke Simuen Church. The school director allows the church leaders to teach Christian dancing to some of the students.

After leading many fun activities and Christmas songs, the LHMT team showed the “Red Boots for Christmas” video and did the spelling Christmas activity. At the end of the program the students received gift packs, Christmas tracts and the “Manger” comic book from LHMT and soft drinks and snacks from Pastor Mai and the church members.

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The last school visit of the trip was with the 108 students at Baan Nong Grang School in Gampaengsan District, Nakhonpathom Province. Because this school is far from where Pastor Mai lives, he asked a friend of his, Pastor Preeda Gritsadathan of Baan Nong Grang Church, to organize this visit. This was the first time for the LHMT director and staff to meet Pastor Preeda.

This school director also wanted to emphasize the learning of English for his students, so he asked the LHMT team to do the spelling Christmas activity in addition to showing the “Red Boots for Christmas” video.
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The school director is eager to have LHMT return to his school to do a special English program. Because he said it would be okay to use Christian materials for the English program and the school is located just 2 hours from Bangkok, the LHMT director is very interested in doing more activities with the school.

We hope and pray that these Christmas School Outreach activities will help the students and teachers understand who Jesus is. LHMT will do follow up activities with the two churches in the coming months.

Christmas School Outreach (December 13)

Pastor Mai Phuengubol

Pastor Mai Phuengubol

The morning of December 13 the LHMT team made the short trip to Thamaga District in Kanchanaburi Province. The first program of the day was at Pracha Wittayakarn School from 9:00-11:00am. Pastor Mai Phuengubol from Uloke Simuen Church was the host for this part of the trip. Earlier this year he had attended an Equipping the Saints training conducted by LHMT at his church. Because he enjoyed that so much, he wanted to do an outreach program with LHMT. This Christmas school outreach was a good chance to do that.

The school director wanted the children to practice English, so the team showed the “Red Boots for Christmas” video and also did the spelling Christmas activity. Pastor Mai and a group of his congregation members provided soft drinks and snacks for all 165 students. As usual, every student received a gift pack, Christmas tract and a “Manger” comic book at the end of the program.

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The second school visit for the day was at Baan Jaeng Ngam School in Thamaga District. In the past the school had more than 700 students, but only 48 are attending this year. Pastor Mai graduated from Baan Jaeng Ngam School and wanted the students and teachers to learn about the true meaning of Christmas. In spite of the small number of students, the LHMT team was happy to do a full program there, including showing “Red Boots for Christmas” and doing the spelling Christmas activity.

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Christmas School Outreach (December 12)

On December 12 the LHMT went to 3 schools in the Nakhonpathom area. From 10:00-11:30am they were at Baan Bang Pradang Elementary School in Sampran District. This time it was possible to show the “Red Boots for Christmas” animated video to the 206 students in addition to doing the games, songs and fun activities. Following the video the team did a question and answer activity to be sure that the students understood the meaning of the video. All of the students were happy to receive the gift packs, tracts and “Manger” comic books.

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At Marie Upatham Catholic School most of the students are Buddhist. Because they attend a Catholic school, they have learned the story about the birth of Jesus. During their lunch break from 12:30-1:00pm, the LHMT staff did games and activities that focused on reviewing the true meaning of Christmas with 351 students. Because the time was short, it wasn’t possible to use the video or to do the activity of using the letters to spell Christmas. All of the students seemed to know the Christmas story very well, but very few believe in Jesus as their Savior.

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Wat Thakham Elementary School was not far away, so it was possible to arrive there in time to get set up to do the program for the 232 students from 2:00-3:30pm. Unfortunately, due to a heavy rain the school property flooded and all of the materials and equipment had to be moved to a narrow area outside the classrooms on the second floor. Because of the crowded situation it wasn’t possible to show the video or to do the spelling Christmas activity. Instead, Mr. Siam, one of the LHMT staff, did a simple explanation of the true meaning of Christmas for the students.

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Christmas School Outreach (December 11)

From December 11-14, 2012 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conducted its annual school outreach program at 9 schools in Central Thailand.  Although only 1.6% of the population of Thailand are Christian, many Thai people enjoy celebrating Christmas.  However, most people only know some basic stories about Santa Claus and the custom of giving gifts.  Very few people know that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God.

Each December LHMT is invited to do a special Christmas program in Thai government schools and some Catholic and private schools.  The main purpose of this program is to clearly share the true meaning of Christmas.  This year the LHMT director and staff traveled to the provinces of Nakhonpathom, Suphanburi and Kanchanaburi for the school outreach program.

The morning of December 11, the LHMT team rode in a van for 3 hours to reach Sampran District, Nakhonpathom Province.  Pastor Sangworn Duangkam, a former studio technician for LHMT, hosted LHMT for the day.  His congregation, Tan Nampu Church, provided the comic book called “Manger” for all students in the schools that LHMT visited near his church. 

The first school on the schedule was Sampran Wittaya School.  From 1:00-2:00pm all 1,083 students participated in the games and fun activities and sang Christmas songs with the LHMT team.  To teach the students the true meaning of Christmas, the LHMT team used an English activity.  Each letter in the word “Christmas” started a word that helped explain that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and that he came to bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who believe in him. 
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At the end of the activity the LHMT director and staff led the students in a question and answer time that reviewed the main points of the activity. In this way they could be sure that the students really understood the true meaning of Christmas. At the end of the program each student received a gift set with Christmas tracts and the “Manger” comic book.

The LHMT team then packed all of their equipment and materials into the van for a quick trip to the next school.  From 2:30-4:00pm all 326 students at Baan Donggade School enthusiastically participated in the songs and activities.  Because these students were very young, the LHMT staff planned to show a Christmas animated video.  However, because the program was held outside and the sun was very bright, the video couldn’t be used.  Instead, they did a very simple version of using the letters to spell Christmas.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
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