Listener Shares Christian Message with Hospital Patients

The LHMT director talking with a listener.

The LHMT director talking with a listener.

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director answered the telephone at a commercial radio station in Bangkok.  From 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm every Saturday LHMT broadcasts a live radio program called Home for Love and invites listeners to call the station to talk with LHMT personnel, to greet the radio speaker and to receive a free gift.

As the LHMT director talked with the callers, she was very happy to hear their positive comments about the radio program.  They found the program to be interesting, because the speaker offered very practical and useful information for their families.

One phone call was especially interesting.  Ms. Rattana Rodpai works at a hospital in Samut Prakan.  She has been listening to the LHMT live broadcasts for several years.  In the past she called in during the live broadcast and received some free Christian booklets from LHMT.  Ms. Rattana liked the booklets so much that she began reading them to some of the patients in the hospital.

The main reason that Ms. Rattana called in on August 29 was that she wanted to encourage the radio speaker and let him know how much she enjoys the program.  When the LHMT director asked Ms. Rattana if she is a Christian, she replied, “Almost.”  She said that she’s very interested in learning more about the Bible and Christianity.

The LHMT director will call Ms. Rattana very soon to begin building a relationship with her and to ask if she is interested in studying the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.

Please pray for Ms. Rattana, that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in her heart and bring her to faith in Jesus.

 

Radio Speaker Returns for “Home for Love” Live Program

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Mr. Umnuay Ruangchan

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) radio program, “Home for Love,” has a new design and a new sound.  Those changes are the result of having a new speaker.  Mr. Umnuay Rungchan is now the voice of the program, which is broadcast live for one hour every Saturday afternoon on a commercial radio station in Bangkok and the central region of Thailand.

Mr. Umnuay is a former LHMT radio speaker who has returned to take responsibility for writing and broadcasting the “Home for Love” program.

The program gives a variety of family information, how to be a successful family, along with Christian love, songs and encouraging Bible verses.  Listeners tell us that the program provides very practical information and encouragement for their daily lives.

With the change in speaker the program continues to operate very well.  During each live broadcast between 5-15 listeners call in to talk with our LHMT staff.  Each week different LHMT staff members receive the incoming phone calls.  They answer the phone, respond to the callers’ questions or comments, ask for the contact information of the callers and help arrange continued contacts with the callers.

Both the LHMT staff and radio speaker enjoy leading and participating in this radio program and plan to be involved well into the future.

We thank God for giving us the opportunity to broadcast this live program each week and for the people who call in to talk with our staff.  We also thank God for the positive feedback that we get regarding the program.  Please pray for God’s continued blessing on Mr. Umnuay and for everyone who hears this program.

Honoring Mothers and Sharing the Gospel

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff like to use Thai holidays as opportunities to make connections with people in the community and to share the Gospel.

The Thai queen’s birthday is August 12.  In honor of the queen, her birthday has been designated as Mother’s Day and made an official national holiday in Thailand.  To commemorate the queen’s birthday, the LHMT staff set up a special table next to the street in front of the LHM Thailand mission center.  For two days the staff played recordings of special music and offered gift sets to people who passed by.  Included in the gift sets were a jasmine pin, a Christian booklet about mothers and an invitation to enroll in the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.

From 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on August 10 and 11, LHMT staff interacted with people walking to work or going to lunch.

Mother's Day Booth21Each holiday during the year LHMT staff conduct a similar activity.  Neighboring shopkeepers observed how LHMT provided fun activities and gave free gifts to people walking by.  Seeing this as a positive community service and wanting to join the fun, some of them have been donating gifts to be given away.  For Mother’s Day this year 2 food shops gave coupons for free meals.  At different times the LHMT staff drew names of people who had stopped to register and receive a free gift pack.  The people whose names were drawn also received coupons for the free meals.

These holiday activities in front of the LHMT mission center are good ways for our staff to meet and build relationships with people walking through the community and to deepen relationships with our neighbors.

A total of 272 people participated in our LHMT Mother’s Day activities and registered their contact information with us.  We plan to maintain contact with everyone who registered with us.  Many of them already are asking when we’ll do this activity again.  We hope to have many of them join us again on the King’s birthday, December 5, which is also Father’s Day in Thailand.

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Fun Time in St. Louis

In addition to visiting the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were able to have some time to relax and do some sightseeing.  They also enjoyed some delicious home-cooked Thai food at the home of Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, the LHM Asia Regional Director.

After spending most of Tuesday at the LHM headquarters they traveled about two hours to Jefferson City, Missouri to visit the LHMT director’s niece and family.

During the day on Wednesday the LHMT team visited the state capitol building in Jefferson City and did some other sight seeing.  The visit to the capitol gave them a chance to make some comparisons to how democracy works in Thailand.

On Thursday the Thailand team visited the St. Louis Arch.  This was a special opportunity to get some great pictures and to experience a famous site.  They did some final shopping and finished packing their bags before spending their last night in the United States.

At 6:00 a.m. Friday morning they began their long journey back to Thailand.

 

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