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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