School Association Helps LHMT with Christmas School Outreach

On December 16, 2014 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff spent the day at Tessaban 6 Wat Choengkhao School in Saraburi Province. From 9:00-10:30 a.m. the LHMT team did a Christmas program for 155 students in grades 2-6.

The children really enjoyed singing the Christmas songs and learned them very quickly. They also had a good time doing the fun activities led by the team. There was lots of laughter and cheering as the students eagerly joined in.

In addition to sharing the Christmas message through the songs and activities, the team showed the “Red Boots for Christmas” video to the students and did a follow-up activity to be sure that they fully understood the true meaning of Christmas.

After a break for lunch the LHMT team returned to Tessaban 6 Wat Choengkhao School to do a Christmas program from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 67 students in grades 7-9. Although this was not one of the larger groups, the students had a lot of enthusiasm and were happy to join in with the Christmas songs and activities. They also did a good job of learning the true meaning of Christmas from the activity that used the letters in the word “Christmas” to explain the true meaning of Christmas.

One thing that made this day special was working with the 4 churches in that area that worked together to arrange the schedule and assist the LHMT team. The four churches were Rungarun Saraburi Church, Pantasanya Church, Prakun Prajaew Church and Praporn Prajaew Romyen Church. These churches have formed an association and meet together every month to pray together. They also will work together to conduct follow-up activities with the students and teachers from Tessaban 6 Wat Choengkhao School.

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A Day Filled with Sharing the Gospel through Christmas Presentations

In cooperation with Sampan Tachang Church and ACET Thailand the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff did four Christmas programs at three schools in Singburi Province on December 12, 2014.

The first program was at Promburi Ratchadapisake School.  The LHMT team did a presentation from 8:00-9:30 a.m. for 200 students in grades 7-12.  They shared the true meaning of Christmas with the students and teachers by using the letters of the word “Christmas”.

The students loved doing the fun activities and singing the Christmas songs and would have liked to continue the program longer.  Unfortunately, the LHMT had a tight schedule and had to quickly take down their equipment, pack everything in the van and travel to Wat Praprangmuni School.

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The program at Wat Praprangmuni School was scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until noon for all students in grades 1-9.  Because the presentation for the younger children is somewhat different from the presentation for the older students, the LHMT team divided into two groups.

Both groups led the students in some fun activities and singing Christmas songs, but didn’t do the same Christmas presentation.  The group that was with the 78 students in grades 1-6 used the “Red Boots for Christmas” video and the group that was with the 20 students in grades 7-9 used the letters from the word “Christmas” to share the true meaning of Christmas.

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After a short lunch break the LHMT and members of Sampan Tachang Church and ACET Thailand drove to Sriwinit Wittayakom School.  The enthusiasm from the 143 students in grades 7-9 gave extra energy to the LHMT, so the afternoon program went a little longer than usual.  From 1:00-3:00 p.m. the LHMT team once again led the activities and Christmas songs.

After using the letters from the word “Christmas” to explain the meaning of Christmas, the team checked to see if the students truly understood what was presented.  They were very happy to discover that the students did learn why Christmas is such an important holiday for Christians.  The Christmas story is not really about Santa Claus and reindeer.  The true story is about the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came for all people.

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LHMT Team has a Busy Day in Singburi

The morning of December 11, 2014 the Lultheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team visited Wat Saardratbumrung School in Singburi. From 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. the team did two simultaneous programs.  Because the program for the younger students is not the same as the program for the older students, the team divided into two groups. One group worked with the 79 students in grades 1-6. The other group did their presentation to the 31 students in grades 7-9.

Both groups did some fun activities with the students and led them in singing several Christmas songs.  Prizes were given out during the activities and everyone received a free gift pack at the end of the programs.  To help the younger students understand the true meaning of Christmas, the LHMT staff showed them the video, “Red Boots for Christmas.” At the end of the video the students were asked a number of questions to make sure that they understood the message of the story.

Instead of watching the video, the older students participated in an English activity that used the letters of the word “Christmas” to explain the true meaning of Christmas. At the end of the programs the students knew that Christmas was a celebration of the birth of Jesus. They all had a fun time, learned the story about Jesus’ birth and asked the LHMT team to return to their school next year.

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The LHMT team then had to quickly take down their equipment, pack the van and travel to Riewwha Wittayakom School, Angthong Province.  After unpacking the van and getting set up, the team did the second program from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon for 202 students in grades 7-9.  The students participated very enthusiastically in the activities and in singing the Christmas songs.  Once again the team used the letters from the word “Christmas” to share with 1-6 the students the true meaning of Christmas.

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After a short break for lunch the LHMT team went to Wat Prachodtikaram School in Singburi Province.  Because this school also had primary and junior high school grades, the team once again divided into two groups.  From 1:00-3:00 p.m. one group did the songs, games and “Red Boots for Christmas” video with 115 students in grades 1-6 and the other group did the songs, games and activity with the letters from the word “Christmas” for 39 students in grades 7-9.

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We are very thankful to Sampantachang Church and ACET Thailand for organizing these visits and for assisting us.  Without their help the LHMT team would not have been able to do 5 programs at 3 schools in one day.  Although it was quite a tiring day, the LHMT director and staff were very happy that everything went so well and that they were able to share the story of the birth of Jesus with the students and teachers at these 3 schools.  We thank God for blessing us and pray that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of everyone who heard the message today.

Christmas School Outreach Begins in Singburi

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Christmas outreach program for 2014 began in Singburi on December 11 and 12.  Presenting a program of fun activities, Christmas songs and a clear message about the true meaning of Christmas has become an annual emphasis for the LHMT director and staff.

The plan for 2014 is for the LHMT team to present the Christmas program at 11 schools over a 7-day period.  For the younger students the LHMT team is showing the video “Red Boots for Christmas” while the older students practice English during an activity that uses the various letters of the word “Christmas” to explain the real reason that Christmas is such an important holiday for Christians.

Although many Thai people celebrate Christmas and almost all schools conduct some type of Christmas party, the focus usually is on Santa Claus, enjoying good food and receiving presents.  The LHMT director estimates that the team will share the true meaning of Christmas with about 3,000 students and teachers this year.

At all six schools in Singburi the LHMT team was warmly welcomed and the students enthusiastically participated in the activities and songs.  In some schools the team divided into two groups to do simultaneous programs for the primary students and middle school students.

Connecting with a Donor

While we conducted the Equipping the Saints (ETS) training in Muang District in Chiang Rai on November 22, 2014, we learned that one church that has been supporting LHMT for many years was located 30-40 minutes away in a nearby district.  The ETS coordinator, Miss Sumitra, telephoned to Pastor Kosone Yongsuntornroong and arranged for us to visit Pasuke Church and to meet some of the church members.

Pastor Kosone and the church elders encourage their church members to donate to our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry.  The pastor and elders collect their donations and send the money to our ministry center in Bangkok.  Whenever we receive their donations we are encouraged to see the list of names of the members.

When we arrived at the church after dark, some of the donors were waiting to meet us.  Because it was the first time for us to visit the church, the LHMT director introduced the team to the church members and explained in more detail about our ministry programs.  We gave them some ministry materials, including Bible Correspondence Course booklets and music VCDs and animations, that we hope they will be able to use with their church ministry activities.

During our meeting that evening we learned that a 6.3 magnitude earthquake had hit that area on May 5, 2014.  The Pasuke Church building was destroyed.  The pastor and church members are determined to rebuild their church on that site.  They are in the process of raising money to pay for the materials and construction work.

Our LHMT team will be praying for their rebuilding program and we look forward to strengthening our relationships and working with them again in the future.  Please remember them in your prayers.

New Connection Through ETS Training

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff traveled to Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand to conduct an Equipping the Saints (ETS) training on November 22, 2014. Hosted by Songsermsart Church the training was attended by 48 members of 4 churches and 1 preaching station.

The original plan included having many youth also participate in the training. Unfortunately, the students had a special testing program at school that they had to do that same day, so they were unable to attend. A number of adults also missed the training, because they were busy with their rice harvest.

From the beginning of the program at 8:30 a.m. until the closing at 5:00 p.m. the LHMT director and staff experienced a very warm welcome from the participants and the local people showed their great personalities. Everyone enjoyed building good relationships through the teaching sessions, special activities, songs and personal interaction times.

At the end of the day 18 people asked to become LHMT commissioned volunteers and 39 participants signed up to begin receiving the encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones.

We’re happy that the local people got to know our LHMT staff and ministry programs better and we are hopeful that we’ll be able to work together with them again in the future.

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