School Outreach for Christmas Activities in Singburi Province

From December 11-13 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team conducted their annual Christmas school outreach at six schools in Singburi Province.  Pastor Patarapol Sae Lee from Sampan Thachang Church had participated in an ETS training led by LHMT.  During the training he learned about the Christmas school outreach and invited LHMT to do the program in Singburi this year.  Pastor Patarapon arranged for the presentations at the schools and he and his church members are conducting follow-up activities with the students and teachers.

On December 11 the LHMT team visited Wat Kreem School and did a program for students from grades 4-9.  From 9:00-11:30am they did fun activities, sang Christmas songs and gave prizes to the 137 students.  They also showed the “Red Boots for Christmas” video to help the students understand the true meaning of Christmas.

At the end of the video, LHMT staff, Mr. Siam, did a wrap-up of the story to be sure the students understood the meaning.  Because the school director wanted the students to have a chance to practice using English, LCMS missionary Dennis Denow led an activity in English that explained the true meaning of Christmas.

Pastor Kamol Tanan from ACET Thailand Organization said a prayer at the beginning of the program and Pastor Patarapol said a prayer when the program was finished.  As the students left, they all received a gift set from LHMT.  The gift sets included a Christmas tract, children’s testimonies about why they believe in Jesus, a Christmas notebook and a bracelet decorated with several colorful crosses.

In the afternoon the team went to Nonglee Wittiyakom School and conducted the same program from 1:00-3:30pm for 306 students in grades 1-9.

On December 12 the LHMT team went to Wat Glang Thakam Community School.  Pastor Kamol and Pastor Patarapol did the prayers and their church members assisted the LHMT team.  The team again did the fun activities, Christmas songs, “Red Boots” video and English presentation from 9:00-11:30am.  A total of 341 students from grades 1-9 participated in the activities.

From 1:00-3:30pm the LHMT team, Pastor Patarapol, his church members and Pastor Kamol visited Khai Bangrajan Wittayakom School.  They did the “Red Boots” video, English program and other activities for the 391 students there.

On December 13 the team, pastor and church members went to Bangrajan Wittaya School and conducted the program from 9:30-11:00am.  Because they did the activities only for the 1,158 students in grades 7-12, they did not show the “Red Boots” video.

From 2:00-3:30pm in the afternoon the team repeated the program without the video for the 407 students at Srisak Suwan Wittaya School.

We appreciate the excellent partners we had in Singburi.  They planned everything well and treated us very well.  We especially thank Pastor Patarapol for his good heart for serving God in his province.  Everyone enjoyed the program and we got very good feedback from the students, teachers and school directors.  They had a good time and appreciated learning the true meaning of Christmas.

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