Relationship Continues to Grow through a Day at Summer Camp

Summer Camp61For the past 2 years the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff have done a special program for the children of families at a local military complex on Children’s Day.  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.  In addition to building a good relationship with the colonel in charge of the battalion, the Children’s Day activities also provided a good opportunity to share the Gospel with the children and their parents.

When the battalion decided to do a Summer Camp for their children this April, they wanted to plan 3 days of fun activities.  Colonel Atapong Pugahn said that they should be sure to ask LHMT to be involved.  The colonel knew that LHMT had done some English programs and that the LHMT director’s husband, LCMS missionary Dennis Denow, had taught English classes at Into Light Center, so the battalion asked that 1 day of the Summer Camp be an English program.

First Lieutenant Prayut contacted the LHMT director to invite the LHMT team and Missionary Denow to participate in the Summer Camp.

Missionary Denow planned a morning program of songs, games and other fun English activities for the children to do and the LHMT director and staff assisted him.  A total of 27 children between the ages of 5-12 participated in the program.

Colonel Atapong asked that the program be conducted in the battalion library, because he wants to encourage the children to use the library, to read more and to learn English.  The LHMT team took advantage of this emphasis and gave to the library 10 copies of the Thai version of A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories, 10 copies of a Picture Bible Book (both produced and donated by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation), Christian booklets and children’s videos (produced by LHMT).

At the end of the morning the LHMT team, Missionary Denow, the children, some parents and the colonel enjoyed lunch together.  During the lunch Colonel Atapong expressed his thanks and compliments on the English program.  The colonel also mentioned that he has a strong desire for the soldiers under his command to be able to improve their English ability.  The possibility of Missionary Denow and LHMT offering English classes for some battalion soldiers was discussed.

As the relationship between LHMT and Colonel Atapong and his battalion continues to grow, God is opening more doors for personal interactions.  In Thailand it is through these types of personal relationships that the best opportunities for sharing the Gospel often occur.  At the end of the morning we were able to say a prayer for the children, Colonel Atapong and the communications battalion.

Please pray that God will clearly guide the LHMT director and Missionary Denow as they continue to consider providing English classes for the communications battalion.

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