LHM Leaders Visit Thailand Ministry Center

LHMT team in light blue, Dr. Rutt (left rear), Mr. Kurt (center rear), Mrs. Gunya (right front)

LHMT team in light blue, Dr. Rutt (left rear), Mr. Kurt (center rear), Mrs. Gunya (right front)

After visiting the ministry centers in Vietnam and Myanmar, Mr. Kurt Buchholz, President and CEO of Lutheran Hour Ministries, Rev. Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of International Ministries and Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, Asia Regional Director, arrived in Bangkok on Friday morning, June 5, 2015.  The director and staff of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) were at the airport to greet these special guests and to welcome them to Thailand.

After checking into their hotel the leaders had lunch at the ministry center with the LHMT team and then spent the afternoon touring the building, viewing a ministry presentation and getting to know the LHMT staff.  The local team was able to interact personally with the leaders and learn more about them.

From 10:00 am until noon on Saturday, June 6, the LHM leaders met with four of the Advocacy Board members and four LHMT radio speakers.  They spent some time introducing themselves to each other and then the LHM leaders shared an overview of LHM work around the world and some of the challenges LHM faces in each country.  Mr. Kurt, Dr. Rutt and Mrs. Gunya expressed their appreciation for the work of the LHMT staff, the radio speakers and board members in support of the ministry in Thailand.  After the meeting everyone enjoyed having lunch together.

Then the LHM leaders and LHMT team went into central Bangkok to observe the LHMT live radio broadcast from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm.  The leaders were able to see how the Home for Love program is being used to share the Gospel with Thai people in 14 provinces surrounding Bangkok.

In the evening the LHM leaders and LHMT team had a special invitation to attend the wedding reception of the daughter of one of the LHMT Advocacy Board members.  This was a good opportunity for the leaders to experience another part of Thai culture.

On Sunday morning the leaders from St. Louis attended worship at Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok.  Dr. Rutt gave a wonderful sermon, which the church members appreciated very much.   At the end of the worship Mr. Kurt gave greetings to the church members.  Everyone had a good time eating lunch together at the church.

The last event on the schedule for the LHM leaders and LHMT director was attending dinner and a unique culture show at Siam Niramit.  The delicious food and excellent production provided a great ending for the weekend activities.

With just a few hours of sleep, the LHMT director and Mrs. Gunya accompanied Mr. Kurt and Dr. Rutt from the hotel to the airport at 3:30 am, where all of the LHMT staff were waiting to say goodbye.  We really enjoyed meeting Mr. Kurt and seeing Dr. Rutt and Mrs. Gunya again.  We appreciate their visit, their encouragement and support and we pray that God will give them a safe trip home and continue to bless them in their ministries.

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