Many People are Hoping that the First Time will not be the Last Time

???????????????????????????????Karen Ruammit Church in Muang District of Chiang Rai Province hosted the most recent Equipping the Saints (ETS) training that was conducted by Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT).  On August 23, 2014 Pastor Genu Chaleamliamthong welcomed 109 people into his church to learn more about doing evangelism from the LHMT team.  Most of the participants were members of the Karen hill tribe and came from 6 churches, 2 preaching stations and 1 school in that area.

Throughout the day the LHMT team enjoyed leading the 7 workshop modules and getting to know everyone who attended.  In addition to learning what the Bible says about why and how to do evangelism, everyone had a good time doing various activities, practicing the outreach methods they learned, singing Christian songs and worshiping together.

At the end of the day the people were thankful for all they learned during the training and were eager to be able to use the information and ideas to share their faith with their families, friends and other people in their communities.  A total of 106 participants signed up to begin receiving the encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones every week and 47 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers in their areas.

This was the first time that LHMT did an ETS workshop in Chiang Rai Province.  Because Pastor Genu and many others asked the LHMT director to bring the team back to do another training there, the LHMT team may return for a second time.  Those who attended this time are hoping that the next training will be a 2-day workshop.

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Children’s BCC is Helpful in School

LHMT director (second from right) talking with Mr. Bunperm (second from left).

LHMT director (second from right) talking with Mr. Bunperm (second from left).

When Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) recently conducted their first Equipping the Saints training in Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, the LHMT director met Mr. Bunperm Suriyamonthon.  Mr. Bunperm is the treasurer of a Christian school for hill tribe children in that area.  The school has about 300 students in kindergarten, 1,400 students in grades 1-6 and 1,000 students in grades 7-9.

As Mr. Bunperm was looking at the display of LHMT materials, he was very happy to see the LHMT Children’s Bible Correspondence Course (BCC).  He told the LHMT director that he has been looking for materials for teaching the character building and moral development classes in his school.  Mr. Bunperm believes that the Children’s BCC can be used for that.

This might be a good chance for LHMT to develop a program for working with a local Christian school.  If successful, perhaps it could be used to work with other Christian schools also.

New Connection for Sharing the Gospel

Mr. Prawit Chularangsi, the speaker of "The Cheerful Life'

LHMT radio speaker recording a Christian radio program

On July 22, 2014 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) received an email from Mr. Natchapat Prasing.  Mr. Natchapat is a representative from the Buengkan Province Branch of Taihua Rubber Company.

Recently speakers were installed throughout Taihua’s Buengkan factory, so that Mr. Natchapat could play music for the workers during their lunch break and share good news about God with them.  Mr. Natchapat knew that LHMT produces Christian radio programs, so he sent the email to request copies of all of our radio programs.  Mr. Natchapat wants to use the LHMT radio programs as a way of sharing the good news about God every day with all 300 workers in his factory.

The LHMT director and staff were very happy to receive this request and immediately sent copies of the radio programs to Mr. Natchapat.  We thank God that our radio programs are being used in this way.  We pray that the Holy Spirit will open the minds and soften the hearts of the workers in the factory and bring them to faith in Jesus.

Saying Love on Mother’s Day

Two ladies who wrote notes to their mothers

Two ladies who wrote notes to their mothers

In Thailand August 12 is Mother’s Day, because it is the Thai queen’s birthday.  It is a national holiday and a time when special honor is given to mothers.  Teachers invite mothers to attend programs at the schools, during which the students show respect to their mothers.  People travel all across Thailand to visit their mothers.  Most mothers receive sweet smelling jasmine flowers from their children.

Every year the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conduct special activities on important holidays.  This is one way for them to meet people and to have opportunities to share the Gospel.

Son giving artificial jasmine pin to his mother

Son giving artificial jasmine pin to his mother

From August 6-8, 2014 the LHMT team set up a table along the street in front of the Thailand ministry center in preparation for Mother’s Day.  People passing the ministry center were invited to write a note to their mothers in free cards provided by LHMT.  LHMT also provided postage stamps and mailed the cards at the post office, so the mothers would receive them by August 12.

In the Mother’s Day cards was a message telling how special mothers are and a Bible verse.  A total of 41 people wrote personal notes to their mothers, some of whom live far away in other provinces in Thailand.

Hospital staff ( right) who won artificial jasmine flower arrangement to give to her mother

Winner (r) of prize for her mother

All 180 people who visited the table during the three days received a free gift set, which included an artificial jasmine pin, a Christian tract and a booklet about God’s blessing on mothers.

 

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Many Hands Make Light Work

In addition to their regular ministry responsibilities, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff have been working together to clean their ministry center and to inventory and organize all of their ministry materials and equipment.

When they had some extra time in their workdays, they each did whatever they could to update the list of materials produced by LHMT, rearrange storage cabinets and shelves to make better use of the limited space that they have in the ministry center and to check the condition of the building, especially the walls that they share with the neighbors on both sides.

Not only were they able to make more efficient use of the storage space, but working together also served as a fun time of team building.