“Relieve Your Worries” Listener Gathering

LG Takuapa49After conducting a Listener Gathering at Sahathai Khok Kloi Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 20, 2015, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff held a Listener Gathering in the town of Takuapa on Sunday, September 21, 2015.  After attending church in the morning, the LHMT team conducted the Listener Gathering from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sahathai Takuapa Lutheran Church.  Fifty-five people who listen to the program “Relieve Your Worries” joined the Listener Gathering and were able to meet the LHMT staff and radio speaker, Mrs. Tongtip Hanpradit.

Mrs. Tongtip did many activities which helped her meet and get closer to the listeners.

Pastor Suchart Srikakarn enjoyed working with the LHMT staff again during the Listener Gathering.  He is looking forward to doing follow-up activities with the listeners.

We thank God for the opportunity for the radio speaker to meet the listeners and to get to work in close relationship with Pastor Suchart and the church members.

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Listener Gathering in Khok Kloi

LG Khokkloi42Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) recently held a Listener Gathering at Sahatai Lutheran Church in the town of Khok Kloi  in Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand.

The LHMT team was able to visit the local market to tell people about the Listener Gathering and to invite them to attend.  

A total of 72 people who have been listening to the LHMT radio program “Encouragement for You” came to the church for a time of fun activities, games, songs and a chance to meet and personally talk with the LHMT staff who produced the program.  Listener Gatherings also are a good opportunity for the pastor and church members to meet the listeners in their community and to begin building relationships with them.

Pastor Suchart Choojit gave a message of encouragement to the listeners and invited them to attend the church on Sunday mornings.

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Local Live Broadcast and Listener Gathering

LG Sukhothai36Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) is interested in making personal contacts with people who regularly listen to their radio programs. Information is collected to determine places in Thailand where larger numbers of listeners are tuning in to specific broadcasts and a church is located in those locations.

With the help of the local church a Listener Gathering is scheduled and the listeners are invited to attend. A program of fun activities is planned at the church and the radio speaker is available for people to meet personally. These gatherings have proven to be a good way for LHMT to identify people who frequently tune in to the programs and to connect a pastor and church members with the listeners in their communities.

LHMT recently conducted a Listener Gathering at Saman Samakkee Muang Sokhothai Church in Muang District, Sukhothai Province. Located about 6-hours from Bangkok, the church operates a community radio station that airs three programs produced by LHMT. Friday evening, September 11, 2015, the church broadcast a live radio program, which allowed listeners to call the station and talk with the radio speaker. LHMT staff were on hand to assist and to participate in the program.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, more than 50 church members and people who listen to the “Because You are Loved” program gathered at the church from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The radio speaker, pastor, church members and LHMT staff interacted with the listeners through personal conversations, games and songs. This proved to be a good opportunity to begin building relationships with the listeners and to invite them to visit the church on Sunday mornings.

We thank God for the good connections that were made and for safe travel for the LHMT team. LHMT looks forward to working with Saman Samakkee Muang Sokhothai Church again in the future.

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LHMT Does First Ministry Activity in New Area

On August 29, 2015 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism training at Samphan Phichit Church in Phichit Province.  Because Phichit Province is a 5-hour drive from Bangkok, the LHMT team left Bangkok on August 28 and returned late at night on August 29.

A total of 31 people joined the training from 5 churches in that area.  Because this is the first time that LHMT has done a program there, not many people know about this ETS training and the other LHMT ministry activities.  As a result, the number of participants was smaller than usual, because the person who arranged the program invited only church leaders to attend.  Normally all church members, especially young people, are invited.  But, this training proved to be a good introduction to the church leaders who attended, some good relationships were started and LHMT now has opportunities for future ministry in that area.

All of the participants gave very positive feedback at the end of the day and some asked to have LHMT return to work with their churches.  One pastor, whose church is in a different area from Samphan Phichit Church, asked if LHMT would conduct an ETS training for all the members of his church.  Another pastor said that he wanted to have his church work with LHMT to do a school outreach program in the near future.

It looks like LHMT will continue to have involvement with churches in Phichit Province in the future.  A total of 17 people signed up to work as LHMT commissioned volunteers and 30 joined the program to receive encouraging Gospel messages on their mobile phones.  Some of them even signed up their non-Christian friends.

This was a good start for LHMT doing ministry in Phichit Province.  We thank God for the good connections that were made and for the interest in continuing to work with LHMT in the future.  We look forward to adding some programs in Phichit Province to our schedule.

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