Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season

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Many of the friends, neighbors and church members who attended the Christmas party.

For the past several years our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff have assisted Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok with their special Christmas activity.

From 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening, December 12, 2015, the church conducted a program of games and Christmas songs to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  More than 100 people from the community and parents and students from the church’s English classes attended the event, which was held in the parking area in front of the church.  A noodle dish, spring rolls, fruit and delicious ice cream were available for everyone to enjoy and free gifts were given to almost everyone who completed a simple registration card.

In addition to having the whole group sing some Christmas songs together, the program included special songs sung by students from the Luther Institute Southeast Asia theological training program, children from the Concordia Day Care Center in Bangna and a Thai-style dance was performed by one of the English students about the baby Jesus in the manger .  The church’s pastor, Rev. Sompong Hanpradit, who is also a member of the LHMT Advocacy Board, gave a short message about the theme for the evening, which was “Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season.”

The LHMT director and staff helped set up and decorate the venue, led the group singing and fun activities, provided technical support, introduced the attendees to the LHMT Bible Correspondence Courses and ministry programs and had personal conversations with people from the community.  Since the LHMT ministry center is located just a short walk from the church, this also was a chance for more local people to learn about the work of LHMT.

Many Thai people have joined Christmas parties that highlight stories about Santa Claus and his reindeer, but seldom have the opportunity to hear the real reason for celebrating Christmas.  Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church uses this event each December to point people to Jesus and what He has done for them.  The LHMT team is happy to partner with the church to encourage Christians and to share the real Christmas story with people in the community who haven’t heard the good news that Jesus was born to bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life to everyone who believes in Him.

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