LHMT Helps with Third Annual Youth Camp

 

???????????????????????????????“Soldiers of Christ” was the theme for the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church’s 3rd Annual Youth Camp. Nearly 80 youth and 20 adults from southern, northern and central Thailand gathered at Wang Tarn Resort in Chiang Mai Province from March 18-21, 2014. Some of the youth attended for the first time. Others attended for the second or third time.

Each day the youth participated in small group Bible studies, large group sessions taught by Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC) pastors, worship, discussions and relationship building.

For the third year Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) helped with the camp. They led many games, activities and songs that helped the students build relationships with each other and that helped develop an enjoyable, fun atmosphere for the camp. The LHMT director is happy to have her staff help with the camp, because it’s a Lutheran camp and it’s a good opportunity to work with and build relationships with the TCLC leaders and pastors.

LHMT staff set up a booth for selling many Christian products from the LHMT bookstore, which gave a chance for the youth to purchase items that are usually not available to them. It was also a good way for LHMT to do fund raising in support of its ministry programs.

Of the youth who attended the camp, 23 were not Christians. They were invited to join the camp, so they could hear the Gospel. Some of them will be studying the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course and the LHMT staff will make follow-up contacts with them in the coming weeks.

The pastors and youth gave very positive feedback about the involvement of the LHMT staff and LHMT was invited to help with the camp again next year. Some youth signed up to participate in the Bible Correspondence Course and receive the weekly encouraging text messages.

We thank God for blessing the youth camp and we thank the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for providing financial support.

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Small But Enthusiastic

???????????????????????????????Pradamri Borwin Church, in Sriracha District, Chonburi Province was the location of the most recent Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Equipping the Saints (ETS) training, which was held on March 8, 2014.  Because the church is only 150 kilometers (90 miles) from Bangkok, the LHMT director and staff were able to return that same night.

A total of 26 church members from Pradamri Borwin Church and Christian Borwin Preaching Station joined the training.  Although the group was smaller than usual for an ETS training, the LHMT team were happy that they made the 2-hour trip.  Everyone was very eager to learn and they all participated very enthusiastically in the discussions and activities.

From 9:00 am until 5:30 pm the LHMT team followed the normal 7-module format for the training.  In addition to the information that they received during the modules, the participants really appreciated the times when they worked together on the discussion questions. The questions were very practical and helped them think about specific ways of doing outreach in their communities.  The discussion questions included, “Who are the lost in your community?”  “Why do you think that they’re lost?”  “What kind of direction can we use to help them get found?”

The group was very thankful for the colorful Gospel bracelets that the LHMT team gave them.  They look forward to using this practical witnessing tool to tell their friends and family members about Jesus.

The participants enjoyed the singing and fun activities throughout the day.  In addition to providing breaks from the serious material they were learning, the church members experienced how these activities helped them to get to know each other better.

At the end of the day the LHMT team received very good feedback from the participants.  They asked the LHMT team to return and do a 2-day training in the future with more fun activities that they can adapt to use for doing outreach in their communities.  They also asked for 30 sets of the adult Bible Correspondence Course and Children’s Bible Correspondence Course.

We thank God for safe travel and for blessing the training.  We look forward to having more contact with the 17 participants who asked to become LHMT commissioned volunteers and the 23 people who joined the text messaging program.

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Valentine’s Day School Outreach

A safe arrival at Bangkok airport

A safe arrival at Bangkok airport

On February 13, 2014 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director, staff and some special guests from the United States traveled 120 kilometers (72 miles) to Muang District in Saraburi Province.  Ms. Gunya Na Thalang (LHM Asia Regional Director), Ms. Teresa Fairow (LHM Ministry Advancement Officer), Ms. Luane Guyton, Ms. Londa Borer-Skov (LHM Board of Governors member) and her husband, Mr. Luther Skov spent six days visiting and learning about the LHMT ministry.

The van ride took about 90 minutes to reach Rungarun Saraburi Church, where Ajarn Pongnakorn Sae Ueng is the pastor.  LHMT also worked with Pastor Pongnakorn in December 2013 for the Christmas School Outreach program.

Valentine activity at Rat Suksa School

Valentine activity at Rat Suksa School

Pastor Pongnakorn arranged for the LHMT team and guests to do a special program about Valentine’s Day for the 146 students in grades 7-9 at Rat Suksa School in the morning.  The LHMT team led the students in some fun games, songs and special activities.  The team also did an English activity with a video, called “The Bridge,” to help the students learn about the true meaning of love.  Using the video the team explained God’s love for them and how all people can experience God’s love through Jesus.

The visitors from the United States did an activity using colorful “Gospel bracelets” that help people tell the story about God demonstrating His love by sending Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of all people.  This was another good opportunity to share the Gospel with the students and teachers.

Students received gift packs after the program

Students received gift packs after the program

At the end of the morning program the students received special gift paks with Gospel tracts and booklets produced by LHMT.  The gift paks included a booklet about the LHMT Children’s Bible Correspondence Course, a booklet that used 1 Corinthians 13 to explain the true meaning of love and a heart-shaped keychain.

The students said that they wished the team could stay longer, because they really enjoyed the songs and fun activities.  The school director invited LHMT to return to the school at anytime to do another program.  The director especially appreciated the English activity and asked the team to do more English activities in the future. The director is eager to find ways to improve the English program at the school.

Pastor Pongnakorn and some of his church members will do follow-up contacts with the students and teachers in the coming weeks.

Students enjoy making heart shapes during song about love

Students enjoy making heart shapes during song about love

In the afternoon Pastor Pongnakorn took the LHMT team to Chumchonikom Tabkwang Songkroe 1 School.  Pastor Sawai Tabtim from Cheewit Mai Tabkwang Church joined the group to learn how LHMT partners with the churches to conduct the school outreach programs.

The team did the same basic program for the 112 students in grades 7-9 at Chumchonikom Tabkwang Songkroe 1 School as they did in the morning.  One difference was a change in the way the visitors did the Gospel bracelets activity.

Since they didn’t have enough bracelets to give one to each student, they divided the students into four groups. They gave the beads and other basic materials to each group and had a competition to see which group could make the bracelets the fastest.  The children loved the competition and were able to tell the Gospel story to each other after they made the bracelets.

LHMT team, visitors and students posing for group picture

LHMT team, visitors and students posing for group picture

At the end of the day everyone was happy and very satisfied with the programs at the two schools.  The school directors, teachers and students asked the LHMT team to come back in the future.  The pastors and church members enjoyed participating at the schools and are eager to conduct their follow-up activities.  Both pastors invited the students and teachers to come to their churches for special activities in the next few weeks.

The visitors from the United States enjoyed having an opportunity to personally experience doing outreach activities in Thailand and learning about the Thai culture.  They were happy to be able to more clearly understand some of the opportunities and challenges of doing ministry in Thailand.

The LHMT director and staff thank God that they were able to share the Gospel with the students and teachers, that they were able to give a mission experience to the visitors and that they were able to help the pastors and church members make connections with the schools.  Everyone is eager to hear the results of those follow-up contacts.

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