LHM Thailand Team Visit LHM Headquarters

After their week helping with the Vacation Bible School at Brookfield Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Monday, July 20 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team traveled to St. Louis, Missouri.  A couple from Brookfield Lutheran Church, Bob and Judy Fischer, were kind enough to drive the team to St. Louis.

During their time in St. Louis the team stayed in the home of Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, the Asia Regional Director for Lutheran Hour Ministries.

On Tuesday, July 21, the team were honored to visit the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters.  They met the international staff and had time to visit with them.  Then they did a short presentation and sang a Thai song during the All-Staff meeting.

At the end of the morning the LHM Thailand director was interviewed for a segment to be aired during the Lutheran Hour radio program.  During the interview the director was able to give an overview of the Thailand ministry and to explain the four radio programs that are used for outreach among Thai people.

The LHMT team had lunch with the international staff when they especially enjoyed having time to talk with individuals who have visited the Thailand ministry center in the past.

After lunch the LHMT team had a tour of the headquarters building.

We are very grateful to Dr. Douglas Rutt, International Ministries Director, for arranging for our team to visit the LHM headquarters.  This was a special opportunity for the LHMT staff to better understand the worldwide scope of Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Because Mr. Kurt Buchholz, President and CEO of Lutheran Hour Ministries, was outside the headquarters all day on Tuesday, the LHMT director and staff returned to the headquarters on Thursday, July 23, to meet with him in his office.

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LHM Thailand Team Enjoy Time at Brookfield VBS

Since July 10 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and 3 of her staff have been at Brookfield Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  The church sponsored the LHMT team to assist with the Vacation Bible School (VBS) program.  This year’s curriculum focuses on Thai culture and ways of sharing the Gospel among the people in Thailand.

The LHMT team members have been enjoying their time in Wisconsin and getting to see church members who have been on mission teams to Thailand in the past and getting to meet church members who will be on the next Brookfield mission team in October.  The LHMT group did home stays with 2 families during the week, ate lunches and dinners with several other families and with the Brookfield Lutheran Church senior pastor.

The VBS program was held Monday through Thursday mornings.  The LHMT team participated in the opening for children aged 3-5 each morning and did presentations each morning for children aged 6-10.  More than 500 children and nearly 100 staff participated in the VBS program.

Each day had a different theme.  The theme for Monday was God is Real; Tuesday’s theme was God is Love; Wednesday’s was God is Forgiving; and the theme for Thursday was God is Forever.  The older children were divided into 4 groups, which moved through 4 stations during each morning.  So, the LHMT team and others did their presentations 4 times each day.  The LHMT team emphasized Thai culture and how they share the Gospel in Thailand during their presentations.  Their presentations included short videos, Thai songs and some activities that they use during their ministry activities in Thailand.  They also planned time for the children to ask many questions.

Each afternoon members from Brookfield Lutheran Church took the LHMT for special outings.  These activities included a trip to the Milwaukee Zoo, a visit to a dairy farm and other interesting places.

Early Sunday morning the LHMT group did a presentation before the first worship service and did Bible readings, the Lord’s Prayer and sang a Thai hymn for the entire congregation during the 2 worship services.  At noon everyone had fun participating in a picnic at the church, during which the LHMT team introduced church members to walking on coconut shells and playing Takraw, a traditional Thai sport that incorporates elements from badminton, volleyball and soccer.

We thank God for this wonderful opportunity to partner with Brookfield Lutheran Church, for good health for our LHMT team members and for great times spent with former and new mission team members from the church.

 

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A Unique Ministry Opportunity

When Brookfield Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin was looking for a curriculum to use for their Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer, they were excited to discover one titled, “Thailand Trek.”  They expect about 150 children aged 3-5 and about 200 children aged 6-10 to join the VBS program this year.  Brookfield Lutheran Church has sent 2 volunteer mission teams to Thailand to do holistic projects with Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand.  This connection with Thailand made Thailand Trek the perfect choice for their VBS program.

The VBS leaders decided to invite the LHM Thailand director and 3 of her staff to travel to Wisconsin and participate in the VBS program.  The church arranged the air tickets, housing with former mission team members and the LHM Thailand director and 3 staff left Bangkok on Thursday, July 10.

TeamDuring their first days in the United States they were met at the airport in Chicago by some Brookfield Lutheran Church members, given a tour of Chicago, spent time with some of the former mission team members, started to become familiar with the Brookfield area and attended church Sunday morning.  They also did the final planning and preparations for the presentations that they will do during the VBS program.

The LHM Thailand team will assist with the VBS program from July 13-16 and with worship on Sunday, July 19.  We thank God and Brookfield Lutheran Church for this opportunity to partner with them in this ministry program.  Please check this blog for updates during our time in the United States.

 

Meet Our Staff – Mr. Norasate Srisawake

Norasate Srisawake

Norasate Srisawake

This is the latest of our blogs introducing our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team members.  We hope that you enjoy getting to know our staff, whose pictures you sometimes see and whose names you often read in our blogs.  Please remember them in your prayers.

Mr. Norasate Srisawake, whose nickname is Tak, has been working with LHM Thailand since March 2003.  He is currently the program manager and one of our studio technicians.

Talent, Beau and Tak

Talent, Beau and Tak

Prior to joining the LHM Thailand staff, Tak was a physical education teacher for 8 years and was a faithful LHMT volunteer.  Tak has 1 older brother and 1 older sister.  He is married to Narinrat (nickname Beau) and has a 5-year old son, Talent.

When Tak was 8-years old he was riding in a car with his family on the way to a temple where Tak’s grandfather was a Buddist monk and his grandmother was a Buddhist nun.  Their car was involved in a serious accident and Tak’s mother, sister and brother were thrown from the car.   His sister was nearly killed and his mother was seriously hurt.  Tak, his brother and his father were able to leave the hospital the same day.  Tak’s mother could not understand how something so bad could happen to her family when they were going to the temple to give offerings to make merit for a good life.

WhileTak’s mother was recovering at home after leaving the hospital, she watched a Christian television program in which the people talked about how God helps people.  Tak’s mother contacted the staff from that program to see if the message about God was real.  She attended their church and began to study the Bible.  When Tak’s mother began to see hope in Christ, she started bringing her children to the church.  This was the first time that Tak heard about God.  They continued to attend the church, to study the Bible and to learn more about Jesus.  In 1981 Tak became a Christian and is the leader of the music team at his church.  Tak’s mother, sister and brother also became Christian.  His father was the last one in the family to become Christian, seven years before he died.

When Tak’s son was born there was a hole in one wall of his heart, which allowed some blood to leak out.  The doctors decided that they would not do surgery until Talent was at least 1-year old and weighed more than 22 pounds.  Tak and Beau asked many people to pray for their son.  The LHMT staff prayed for Talent every day and worried about his health.  Gradually the doctors noticed that the hole was closing and waited with the surgery.  By the time that Talent reached his third birthday the hole in his heart had closed naturally.  This was a great opportunity for Tak and Beau to share their faith with their doctors and other hospital staff and to give glory to God for this miracle.

Tak enjoys working in the studio; taking pictures; traveling; playing guitar, ukulele, keyboards and drums; eating; and trying new things.   Tak has a great sense of humor and loves working with children.  Please pray for Tak and his family as they continue to be a blessing to many people around them.