Product Sale and Ministry Booth at Pak Kred Church

On Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, some Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT)  staff went to Pak Kred Church in Bangkok.  The church is not far from the LHMT ministry center and the LHMT team has worked with this church several times in the past.

The LHMT team was not involved in any ministry activities, but was invited to set up a product sale with many items from the LHMT Christian bookstore.  There are not many Christian bookstores in Thailand.  By bringing Christian books, study materials, music CDs, Christian decorative pieces, Christian T-shirts, jewelry and other products to Pak Kred Church, the church members had a good chance to purchase things that usually were not easily available to them.

This also was a good opportunity for the LHMT team to set up a ministry booth, so that the people could learn about the various LHMT ministry activities.  By interacting with the church members who purchased the bookstore products and who visited the LHMT ministry booth, the LHMT staff were able to begin building some relationships with them.

The LHMT team received good feedback and appreciation from the church members.  Five people signed up to receive the encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones each week and 60 copies of the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) were requested for a Christian dormitory in Chiang Rai.  Pak Kred Church also asked for 3 complete sets of the Children’s BCC.

Our LHMT staff enjoyed being with the church members again and look forward to interacting with their church again in the future.

LHMT Team Help Lead the TCLC Youth Camp

From March 17-20, 2015 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were in Chiangmai in northern Thailand.  Each day the LHMT team led singing, worship and fun activities for the annual Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC) Youth Camp and helped train several young people about taking leadership responsibilities during the camp.  The LHMT team has provided leadership during previous Youth Camps, but are hoping that young people from within the TCLC will be able to be the leaders in the future.

A total of 50 youth (including 5 non-Christians) attended the camp this year.  Although the number was somewhat lower than previous years, everyone agreed that the enthusiasm of those who attended was very high and the atmosphere during the camp was extremely positive.

Pastor Niran Temsakun sharing with the youth about the theme, "Get Ready to AEC."

Pastor Niran Temsakun sharing with the youth about the theme, “Get Ready to AEC.”

Under the theme “Get Ready to AEC” Pastor Niran Temsakun, Pastor Suchart Chujit and Pastor Taweep Oiwan provided teaching to help the youth learn about Accountability, Encouragement and Christ as the Center.  The goal was to help the students be prepared to serve in their local churches and communities.  The theme was inspired by the fact that the Asian Economic Community (AEC) will be starting to function through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the fall of 2015.  This will open the doors of each country for more trade and interaction between the ASEAN nations in the future.  In Thailand there has been a lot of focus on getting ready for AEC to begin.

The annual TCLC Youth Camp is a great opportunity for youth from TCLC congregations throughout Thailand to meet each other and to build relationships.  It is hoped that these relationships will continue to grow and create connections between the regions as some of these youth become adults and take leadership positions in their congregations and the TCLC in the future.

Kaew, one of the non-Christian students from northern Thailand, was very impressed with all that happened during the Camp.  She became interested in the Bible teaching and wants to learn more.  Pastor Niran and the LHMT staff are doing follow-up contacts with her.

At the end of the Camp all students received a copy of the first lesson of the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.  At least 17 of them have already completed the lesson and sent it to the LHMT ministry center.  Their lessons are being graded and the second lesson will be sent to them soon.  After learning about the LHMT text messaging program, 17 students applied to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones.

Note:  The pictures in the slide show are from March 17.

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LHMT Director and Staff Meet with Leaders from the Lutheran Church-Canada

LHMT staff join President Bugbee's morning devotion.

LHMT staff (in orange shirts) join President Bugbee’s morning devotion.

Mrs. Monta Ekwanit Denow, the director of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) joined a meeting with Rev. Ted Na Thalang, the chairman of the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC), and other TCLC leadership committee members when they hosted two special guests.  As the TCLC leadership committee secretary, the LHMT director gives some of her time in helping the TCLC.  Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, president of the Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC), and Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, head of Mission and Social Ministry for the LCC were in Bangkok for two days of meetings to build a closer working relationship between TCLC and LCC.  Rev. Dr. Leonard Harms, retired mission chairman for the LCC, also was able to be in Bangkok for these meetings.

LCC has been involved in supporting some ministry programs with TCLC pastors in southern Thailand for a number of years.  Both church bodies hope to be able to continue working together in proclaiming the Gospel to Thai people in Phang Nga Province and some surrounding areas.

The LHMT staff were able to join the meetings for the two morning devotions and a presentation by President Bugbee about what it means to be a true Lutheran.

Everyone who attended the meetings enjoyed getting to know each other personally and better understanding how the TCLC and the LCC can communicate and partner in ministry more effectively.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide these church leaders as they look for the best ways to join hands in reaching out to unbelievers in southern Thailand.

 

True Love

Students enjoyed learning the true love meaning

Students enjoyed learning the true meaning of love

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff traveled to Bangbon District in Bangkok on February 13, 2015 to conduct a school outreach program at Sathanee Promdan School.

In cooperation with Pastor Niwate Gietsornsi and members from Aekachai Baptist Church, the LHMT team conducted a Valentine program for 171 students in grades 3-6.  From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. they led the teachers and students in some fun games, Christian songs and love songs.  The primary goal for the morning was to share the true meaning of love with the students.

To give the students a chance to see true love in action the LHMT team used the video “The Bridgemaster and His Son.”  The video also was an opportunity for the LHMT team to do an English activity with the students.  Since the video some sentences written in English instead of dialog, the students could practice reading English, learn some new vocabulary words and more easily understand what was happening in the story.

At the end of the video some of the students answered questions about the video and received prizes for their correct answers.

When the program was finished, every student was given a gift pack and the 24 teachers received a Christian book entitled, “Love Book.”  LHMT team, the pastor and church members are doing follow-up activities with the students.

The LHMT team received very good feedback from the school about the Valentine program.  Pastor Niwate Gietsornsi also was very happy with this first experience of partnering with LHMT.  He’s eager to do more activities with LHMT in the future, especially the Christmas school outreach program.

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