10 Churches Join ETS Training

On Friday, April 25, 2014 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff packed equipment and ministry materials in a van and drove to Sriprajan District in Suphanburi Province. From 8:30 am until 5:30 pm on Saturday April 26, they conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) training for members and pastors from 10 different churches in that area. This was the fifth ETS training that the LHMT team has done this fiscal year.

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Participants sharing after small group discussion

ETS training is designed to help Christians understand the biblical basis for doing evangelism and to teach them different ways to share their faith with their Buddhist family and friends. Using 7 Modules throughout the day the LHMT team shared many practical ideas for witnessing. Then the 61 participants were given time to practice using those methods. Through small group discussions and working with partners those who attended the training came to feel comfortable telling others about Jesus.

In addition to learning together, they also started the day worshiping together and praying together. This was a good opportunity for many of them to meet each other and to begin building relationships between the churches.

Everyone who joined the ETS training at Taweeporn Sriprajan Church had an enjoyable time and were happy with all that they learned. In their final evaluations of the day they mentioned how much they liked the small group discussions and that they appreciated how practical the training was. They were confident that they could use the witnessing methods right away. They said that they would like to have even more activities during the training.

Although the LHMT team arrived home late that night, they were very thankful for God’s blessings during the training. Even though the people came from 10 different churches, they cooperated well together. Everyone had safe travel to the training and back home again. A total of 15 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers and 43 signed up to receive encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones.

We thank God that all 5 of the ETS trainings that we conducted during this fiscal year were successful. With God’s blessing many more Christians in Thailand now feel comfortable sharing their faith with family, friends and others in their communities. We pray that God will bless them as they tell others about Jesus.

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