Final ETS Training for this Fiscal Year

Pastors and members from 6 different churches came together to join the Equipping the Saints evangelism training conducted by Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) on Saturday, April 30, 2016. This was the last ETS training scheduled for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Held atJaisamarn Rangsit Full Gospel Church in Bangkok the workshop included the usual 6 modules that the LHMT team uses for this training. From 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. our team joined the group in worship, led some fun activities and sessions that helped the people understand the biblical foundations for doing evangelism and practical methods for sharing their faith.

The LHMT team is thankful for the 36 people who were able to attend. They all interacted well and enjoyed their day together.

The LHMT staff received very good feedback from the participants and 15 of them became LHMT commissioned volunteers. The number of people who signed up to receive encouraging Gospel messages on their mobile phones exceeded the number who attended the training. That’s because some of them signed up friends who were unable to attend the workshop.

We thank God for blessing all of our ETS workshops this year and for all the people who attended.

 

Thai New Year Gifts

Songkran Booth8On April 13 every year people throughout Thailand celebrate the Songkran Holiday, which is the Thai New Year Day. The traditions include lots of people pouring lots of water on each other.

As a way of celebrating Songkran and to connect with people in the community surrounding our ministry center in Bangkok, our staff gave out free plastic pouches that people could wear around their necks.  Because they could be used to protect mobile phones and other valuables from getting wet, these gifts are very practical.  As a result, in less than one hour nearly 200 people signed up for these gifts.

This was a great way to serve our neighbors and people who work nearby and to make personal contacts with them. Inside the pouches we included a tract about families and another Gospel tract.  Using the personal contact information that they gave us, our staff will make follow-up contacts with each person in the coming weeks.

Product Sale is a Blessing for LHMT and a Local Church

In addition to their regular work, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff are willing to help with local fund raising and other activities that benefit our ministry.

Early Sunday morning, April 3, 2016, two LHMT staff packed up a variety of Christian books, music CDs, crosses, T-shirts, jewelry and other items from the LHMT Christian bookstore and drove to Nazarene Church in Bangkok.  After worshiping and personally interacting with the church members, the LHMT staff conducted a product sale at the church.  They also took some ministry materials with them and talked with people about LHMT ministry programs.

In addition to raising some local funds to help support LHMT ministry activities, the product sale gives our staff a chance to meet and begin building relationships with the pastor and church members.  Also, the product sale provides an opportunity for the church members to purchase some Christian items that they may not be able to get very easily, since there are only a few Christian bookstores in Bangkok.

A Good Opportunity to Inform Church Representatives

On March 29-31, 2016 two Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff attended a general meeting of the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT) in Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand.  EFT is the organization through which LHMT is officially registered with the Thai government.  As LHMT representatives they attended the meetings and other sessions.  They also set up a ministry booth to inform the participants about the LHMT radio programs, text messaging and Equipping the Saints evangelistic training.  More than 400 people joined the meeting.

Many church leaders visited our ministry booth and showed a lot of interest in learning more about our ministry and the possibility of partnering with us in the future.  We thank God for these new connections and that our two staff returned home safely.