ETS Evangelism Training in Pichit

On Saturday, January 23, 2016 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism training workshop at Christ’s Vision – Sam Ngam Church in Pichit Province.

ETS Phichit21About 7 years ago Pastor Rungtikun Intasorn attended an ETS training conducted by LHMT and in October 2015 he sent some of his church members to attend another ETS workshop.  Pastor Rungtikun and the members who had attended an ETS training wanted other members from their church and people from churches in their area to have the same opportunity.  So, they arranged an ETS training at Christ’s Vision – Sam Ngam Church and invited people from 8 other churches to attend.  A total of 72 people participated.

God greatly blessed the LHMT director and staff as they conducted the training and began building relationships with the people who were there.  The response from the participants was very positive.  One church plans to contact LHMT soon to schedule an ETS workshop at their church.  Several churches asked about partnering with LHMT in doing School Christmas Outreach Programs in their areas.

The people mentioned that there is no Christian community radio station in Pichit, so they are considering operating one and would like to broadcast LHMT radio programs.

Of the 72 people who joined the ETS training, 26 signed up to become LHMT commissioned volunteers.

We thank God for safe travel, for the good contacts that we were able to make during the ETS workshop and for their excitement about working with LHMT in the future.

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Christmas Activity Follow-Up

LHMT director (L) assisting with English class.

LHMT director (L) assisting with English class.

After we completed our Christmas activity in front of our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry center on December 24 and 25, 2015, we were able to connect some people who participated in that activity with Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church here in Bangkok.  Of the 17 people who initially signed up, a  total of 10 people attended the first two free English classes offered by the church.

Those who attended were from a variety of situations, including some high school students, a travel agent, a motorcycle taxi driver, a maid, a lady who does Thai massage and a retired man.  This was the first time that any of them had ever been in a church building.  Pastor Sompong Hanpradit, the LHMT director and some staff assisted LCMS missionary Dennis Denow and long term volunteer Robin McCoy with the English classes.

Offering English classes is one way in which the pastor and some church members can meet more people in the community and begin building relationships with them.  It is in the context of these repeated contacts and relationships that opportunities for sharing the Gospel will happen.

We pray that the people who are attending these free English classes will enroll in the full-time English classes offered by the church and that they will come to know who Jesus is and what he has done for them.

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Christmas Activity in Front of Our Ministry Center

Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) always tries to do activities that provide opportunities to share the Gospel on holidays.  Christmas is a good example of that.

Many people in Thailand see Christmas displays and hear Christmas music playing in shopping malls.  They know something about Santa Claus and that many people give gifts at Christmas.  Many schools even have Christmas parties.  Christmas is a natural time for celebrations and special activities.

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Traffic policeman is happy to receive a gift pack.

On December 24-25, 2015, our LHMT team did an activity in front of our ministry center.  They set up a table on the side of the street, set up a sound system, played Christmas music and a radio program produced by LHMT.  They also invited people to receive a free gift pack and to sign up for some prizes.  Included in the gift packs were a key chain, a Christmas booklet and tract and the first lesson of the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.

At the end of the 2-day activity 431 people had given their contact information, heard the Gospel through the Christmas songs and radio program, had a personal conversation with at least one LHMT staff member and received a gift pack.

Khun Nung (right) donated gift for activities

Khun Nung (right) donated a gift to give as a prize.

In addition to the gift packs, our staff also gave prizes to a number of people whose names were drawn from a basket.  Some friends of our LHMT ministry and a few businesses near our ministry center also donated some prizes, including a mobile phone.

When the LHMT director and staff conduct their various ministry activities throughout Thailand, they always refer to local churches people who have provided their names and contact information.  It’s important to have local churches make follow-up contacts with as many people as possible.

Because the LHMT ministry center is just a 2-minute walk from Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church, they planned to refer people there.  To help the referral process, the church offered 4 free English classes to anyone who signed up with LHMT.  A total of 17 people registered for the English classes.

The English classes will be taught by LCMS missionary Dennis Denow and long term volunteer Robin McCoy.  The classes will meet for one hour on 4 Sunday afternoons in January 2016.  Pastor Sompong Hanpradit and some church members will assist with the classes.  These classes provide an opportunity for the church to serve people in the surrounding community, to have more people learn about the church and enter the church and to begin building relationships with people from the community.

The LHMT director and staff will work together with Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church to do follow-up activities with the people who join the English classes and others who signed-up during the Christmas activity.

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Christmas School Outreach Program in Nakhon Nayok Province – December 21 and 22

Students showing LHMT materials they received.

Students showing LHMT materials they received during the Christmas School Outreach Program.

The final two days of our Christmas School Outreach Program for 2015 were December 21 and 22 in Nakhon Nayok Province.

Monday morning we conducted our Christmas program for 241 students in grades 7-9 in Pakpleewittayakan Nakhon Nayok School.  From 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon we led the children in singing Christmas songs and doing some fun activities and taught them the true meaning of Christmas.  Through our English activity that uses the letters in the word “Christmas” to explain who Jesus is and why we celebrate His birth at Christmas, the students heard the Gospel for the first time.

After lunch we did the same program with the 174 students in grades 9-12 at the school.  Our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team was impressed by the ability of the students to understand and use English and by their good behavior and eager participation in our Christmas program.  The school director and teachers were very happy that their students enjoyed our program so much and had a good opportunity to practice using English.

On Tuesday, December 22, our LHMT team traveled to Nawamarachanusorn School Nakhon Nyok Province to share our Christmas program with the students in grades 7-12.  In the morning 531 students attended our program and another 268 students attended in the afternoon.

This school emphasizes having the students learn English through a special English program, so the school director and teachers were eager to have us use our English activity to teach their students about Christmas.  The students listened intently when we told them who Jesus is and what He has done for them and they knew the answers to our questions at the end of the activity.

We are very thankful to Ajarn Ratchanee Janwongthong from Baan Suwan Aden Ministries for arranging our visits to the schools in Nakhon Nayok Province.  We also appreciate  the help that she and others who work with her gave us during our presentations and for the follow-up activities that they will do with the students.

Most of all, we thank God for giving us the opportunity to do this Christmas School Outreach Program again.  It is a privilege and joy for us to be able to clearly share the Gospel with students, teachers and school administrators in government schools in Thailand.  We pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts and minds, so that they will remember what they learned about Jesus and that they will come to know Him as their Savior.

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