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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