Team from Creston, Montana Arrives Thailand

The Creston team was met at the Bangkok airport by the LHMT director and staff.

The Creston team was met at the Bangkok airport by the LHMT director and staff.

A team of nine volunteers from The Church at Creston – Lutheran in Creston, Montana has come to Thailand to help Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conduct two outreach programs in northeastern Thailand.  The team will spend 13 days in Thailand.Team members include team leader VicarKyle Winter, Lynn Sundelius, Stacy Isch, Katie Marsonette, Linda Ertel, Joyce Wegner, Mark and Carol Schreibeis and Luke Comstock.During their two days in Bangkok they received orientation, dealt with jet lag and prepared for their trip to Nong Khai Province along the border with Laos.

DAY ONE

The Creston team’s first day in Bangkok was spent resting, meeting with the LHMT director and reviewing the plans for their week in Nong Khai.  Throughout the afternoon the team learned about the various ministry programs of LHMT, was briefed on Thai culture and learned how their ministry activities will enhance the work that LHMT is doing in cooperation with Pastor Sompong Hanpradit and Gennesaret Church in Nong Khai Province.  In the evening they had a good time talking with the LHMT team and eating a welcome dinner hosted by the LHMT director and staff.

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DAY TWO

The Creston team at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

The Creston team at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

On the second day they visited the Grand Palace in the morning.  Although the weather was hot and the palace grounds were very crowded with tourists, the team enjoyed the sparkling beauty of the brightly decorated buildings and learning more about Thai culture.In the evening some of the team members visited the English classes at Into Light Center.  In addition to talking with the two volunteer teachers they went into the classes and helped the students practice speaking English.  The Creston team heard about the ministry being done through the English classes, the many opportunities for sharing the Gospel with the students and the need for more volunteers to join the program.  After the rest of the Creston team returned to the hotel for the evening, the youngest team member, Luke, spent extra time practicing English with one of the teachers and several students.

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Children’s Day at the Army Communication Battalion

For the second year in a row on Children’s Day the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted a program for children of families in the Army Communication Battalion living in Saphan Mai, Bangkok.  First Lieutenant Prayut Niammuad, the chairman of the Children’s Day committee for the Army Communication Battalion, invited the LHMT staff to lead the program.  His wife, Mrs. Ahpirat, is a good friend of LHMT staff, Miss Anong Jungeaw.

From 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. the LHMT team sang songs, gave prizes and led fun activities with the children.  Nearly 100 children and parents participated.  The LHMT staff were able to share the Gospel, pray and build relationships with everyone who attended.  In the gift packs that were given to each of the children were Gospel tracts and the Children’s Bible Correspondence Course lesson 1 from chapter 1.

The LHMT director was able to have a long conversation with Colonel Atapong Pugahn, who is in charge of the Army Communication Battalion, and his wife.  Colonel Atapong was a student at Assumption Catholic School and his sister is a Christian, so he is very familiar with Christian beliefs.  He invited the LHMT team to lead another program on Children’s Day 2016 and asked if it would be possible for the LHMT team to provide other programs during the coming year.  The LHMT director is hoping to do more programs there and to continue building relationships with the Colonel and his wife.

A community library was just opened in the Army Communication Battalion.  In the near future the LHMT team will go there again to donate Christian children’s books for the library.

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LHMT Helps Church with Christmas Outreach Party

???????????????????????????????After doing so many presentations in schools during the week, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT)    team enjoyed doing something a little different on Saturday, December 20, 2014. From 4:00-8:00 p.m. the team helped Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok with their annual Christmas outreach party.

Every year the church organizes a Christmas program and invites students from the church’s English language program and people living in the surrounding community. This program is a good opportunity for the church members to build relationships with people living and working near the church and with the students and parents involved in the English classes at Into Light Center. In addition to being a time to have fun together, the party provides a natural way in which to share the Gospel.

More than 100 people attended the party. During the program students from the English classes and students in the Luther Institute Southeast Asia theological training program sang some Christmas songs they had prepared for this event. Pastor Taweep Oiwan gave a short message on the theme for the evening, which was “Jesus Immanuel – God with Us.”

The LHMT team helped provided some activities, led the people who attended in singing some Christmas songs and gave out many prizes and gifts. Everyone who attended received at least one gift and enjoyed some delicious food and ice cream.

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The 2014 Christmas School Outreach Program Comes to and End

The last day for the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) Christmas school outreach program was December 23, 2014. Haeng Kwam Rak Nakhonnayok Church and Baan Suanaden Ministry in Nakhonnayok    Province and Prachristruamjai Church in Samutsakhon Province worked together to arrange 2 final school visits.

The LHMT team did 1 Christmas presentation in the morning and 1 presentation in the afternoon. From 10:00- 11:30 a.m. the team did a program for 92 students in grades 1-6 at Baan Dongkwaan School in Nakhonnayok Province. During the program the students participated in a number of fun activities and learned some new Christmas songs. They learned the true meaning of Christmas by watching the “Red Boots for Christmas” video and hearing an explanation from the LHMT staff. At the end of the program all of the students received gift packs that included Gospel tracts and Christian booklets.

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In the afternoon the LHMT did their last Christmas presentation for this year at Anuban Pakpee School in Nakhonnayok Province. Although some of the students were very young and some were older, the LHMT team kept them all together because the group was quite small. From 1:00-2:30 p.m. the 82 students from grades 1-6 and 8-9 enthusiastically participated in the fun activities and Christmas songs. Even the older students enjoyed watching the “Red Boots for Christmas” video.

Our LHMT team always enjoys doing the Christmas School Outreach Program. It’s a lot of fun doing the activities and Christmas songs with the students and we’re thankful that we can so clearly share with them the true meaning of Christmas. Very few of the students have ever heard that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. They usually only know something about Santa Claus and reindeer.

We thank God for this opportunity to clearly proclaim the Gospel to so many students and teachers. We also thank God for keeping our team safe and healthy as we traveled so many days. We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the minds and hearts of each student and teacher who attended our presentations.

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More Students in Saraburi Province Enjoy the LHMT Christmas Program

The same four churches that organized the schedule for the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team on December 16 and 17, 2014 also arranged for the team to visit schools in Saraburi Province on December 18 and 19, 2014.

On December 18 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Ban Nongphakbung School the LHMT director and staff did the usual activities and Christmas songs for 112 students in grades 1-6 and showed the “Red Boots for Christmas” video.

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After lunch from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the team did the same program for 119 students in grades 1-6 at Nikomtubkwang Songkro 2 School.

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On December 19 the four churches had arranged for the LHMT team to do 3 Christmas presentations at the same school.  At Nikomtubkwang Songkro 1 School 212 students in grades 1-3 enjoyed the activities and songs from 8:30-10:00 a.m.  Although the children were very young and the program was quite long, the students never lost interest and their energy level stayed high.  Only during the “Red Boots for Christmas” video were the students quiet.  They seemed to understand the meaning of the video very well.

Immediately following the program for grades 1-3, the students from grades 4-6 entered the room.  From 10:00-11:30 a.m. the LHMT team presented the same program for this group of 181 students.  These students were just as excited to participate in the activities and songs and also listened carefully to the “Red Boots for Christmas” video.

At the end of the tight schedule for the morning the LHMT team had a good break for lunch and some time to rest.  Then from 1:30-3:00 p.m. the LHMT team did the Christmas presentation for 150 students from grades 7-9 at Nikomtubkwang Songkro 1 School.  Because these students were older, the team did the activity using the letters from the word “Christmas” to tell the story about the Son of God coming to earth and being born as a baby.

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School Filled with Excitement

The excitement level at Anuban Saladang School in Saraburi Province was very high on December 17, 2014.  This was the day of the school’s big Christmas party.  All of the students were wearing red Christmas hats, loud Christmas songs were playing through the speakers and the entire floor of the auditorium was filled with the 550 students from grades 1-3.

From 9:00-10:30 a.m. The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) led the students in some fun activities and singing Christmas songs.  To help the students understand the true meaning of Christmas, the team showed the “Red Boots for Christmas” video.

In the afternoon from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the auditorium floor was packed again.  This time there were 475 students from grades 4-8.  They all were wearing their bright, red hats and big smiles.  They heard that the morning group had a fun time and were looking forward to the program that the LHMT team had planned for them.

One change in the program was that the team used the letters from the word “Christmas” to tell the true meaning of Christmas.

The LHMT director and staff are very thankful to the four churches that made all of the arrangements with the schools and assisted with the activities.  The four churches are Rungarun Saraburi Church, Pantasanya Church, Prakun Prajaew Church, Praporn Prajeaw Romyen Church.

At the end of each presentation the pastors invited the students to join free classes at their churches.  The churches offered music classes in singing, playing guitar, playing drums, keyboard and English classes.  These classes are one way in which the churches provide a service to the community and serve as a good follow-up activity with the students.  As the pastors and church members interact more with the students, they have opportunities to build relationships and to share the Gospel.

Miss Soraya Srimit "Yui"

Miss Soraya Srimit “Yui”

A unique feature of the presentations in Saraburi Province was a special guest who helped the LHMT team.  Miss Yui, an actor in a Thai television drama, whom the students quickly recognized, volunteered to participate in the LHMT Christmas presentation while the team was in Saraburi Province.  Miss Yui sang 2 songs for the students and talked with some of them at the end of the presentation.  Miss Yui became a Christian last year at Rungarun Church and was very eager to share her faith with the students.  The students were very excited to meet her and to hear what she had to say.

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