ETS Training in Ayutthaya Province

ETS Ayutthaya18On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism training for 61 pastors and church members from 5 churches at Wang Noi Full Gospel Church in Ayutthaya Province, just north of Bangkok.  These churches have formed an informal group to work together in sharing the Gospel with the nonbelievers in their area.

Because Ayutthaya is less than an hour from the LHMT ministry center in Bangkok, our team went to Wang Noi Full Gospel Church on Friday to deliver the workshop materials and to become familiar with the church and the community.  The LHMT team was happy to be able to leave home early in the morning and return home on Friday and Saturday instead of staying overnight in a hotel.

All of the participants seemed to enjoy their time together praying, worshiping, learning and practicing various evangelism techniques that were presented by the LHMT team.  Throughout the day they all worked well together and they appreciated all of the information they received from our team during the ETS modules.

At the end of the workshop we received very positive feedback from those who attended and 43 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers.  A total of 73 people registered to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones, because some participants registered the mobile phone numbers of people who didn’t attend.

We are very thankful to Rev. Somsak Sangpayome from Romglao Ayutthaya Church for organizing our workshop and to Pastor Urai Wiroonpawadee of Wan Noi Full Gospel Church for the use of that facility.  All of the arrangements were well planned, so our workshop went very smoothly.

We thank God for safe travel, for the good connections we were able to make with the participants and for the people who became our volunteers.  We pray that everyone will feel comfortable sharing their faith with family and friends through the techniques they learned during the workshop.

 

 

Ministry Booth and Product Sale

Two staff members from Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) set up a ministry booth and sold a variety of products from the LHMT Christian bookstore on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Pak Kred Church, which is located just outside Bangkok, invited our staff to sell Bibles, Christian books and materials, T-shirts, jewelry, music CDs and other products to their church members and staff before and after the worship service.

LHMT has had a good relationship with Pak Kred Church and some of their members have purchased items from our bookstore in the past. There are only a few Christian bookstores in Bangkok, so it’s not convenient for the church members to buy Christian materials. Because most of them work during the week, they aren’t able to visit a Christian bookstore during the normal business hours.

The pastor and church members of Pak Kred Church are very appreciative when our staff conduct a product sale at their church on a Sunday morning. They are happy that they can materials to encourage them and strengthen their faith, T-shirts and jewelry that they can wear to express their Christian identity and nice gifts that they can give to their Christian friends and family members.

Product sales at churches also are helpful to our LHMT ministry, because it is one form of local fund raising that we do to help support our ministry activities. We thank God for our relationship with Pak Kred Church and we pray that the items purchased by the church members will be blessings to them.

Meet Our Staff – Ms. Monta Ekwanit Denow

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Boom Ekwanit Denow

Ms. Monta Ekwanit Denow, whose nickname is Boom, has been the country director for Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand since 2002.  Prior to that she worked with missionaries from The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) who were doing outreach through English classes at the Concordia Gospel Ministry Center in Bangkok.

The fifth of eight siblings, Boom was born into a Buddhist family in Trang Province in southern Thailand.  As she grew up she didn’t feel satisfied following her family’s Buddhist beliefs and was afraid of the Buddha images and idols.

After graduating from high school and completing a two-year Product Design program at a technical institute in Bangkok, Boom traveled to southern Thailand during the summer break to visit a school owned by her brother-in-law’s family.

Because of a big flood in southern Thailand she missed an opportunity to take an entrance exam at one of the top technical universities in Bangkok.  As a result Boom was not able to enter the study program that was her big dream.  Instead, she got a full-time job and attended evening classes at a local university in Bangkok.  She was very disappointed and felt like a failure.

When her older sister became a Christian and got married, Boom was impressed by the love and positive example demonstrated by her Christian brother-in-law.  As he and her older sister taught her about Christianity and explained who Jesus is and what He has done for her, Boom became interested in knowing more details about the Gospel.

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Boom & Dennis Denow

Because her older sister and brother-in-law were moving to the United States, they encouraged her to attend a Thai Lutheran church that was located nearby.  Although Boom never liked going into Buddhist temples with her family, she discovered that she felt peace and joy when she attended the church.  She enjoyed the singing and getting to know Thai Christians.  As she learned more about the hope that Jesus gives,  Boom realized that this is what she had been looking for.  After several months Boom was baptized in the church.

In 2006 Boom married an LCMS missionary whom she met some years earlier when he was working as a missionary in Bangkok.

In her free time Boom loves to grow many different kinds of flowers, to go shopping and to collect handmade handicraft items.

Boom enjoys working with her Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand team and being able to share the Gospel with Thai people throughout the country.  She is thankful that she can tell others who are struggling about the hope that she has found in Jesus.  All three of Boom’s sisters and their families are Christians.  Her special desire is for her four brothers and their families to also come to faith in Jesus.

 

Planning Meeting with Radio Speakers

Once each month the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff meet with the 3 LHMT radio speakers.  During their meetings they evaluate the programs from the past month and make plans for producing the programs for the next 4 weeks.

Programming Changes for the New Fiscal Year

With the beginning of our new Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) 2016-2017 fiscal year some changes have been made to our ministry activities. Funding for our “Relieve Your Worries” radio program at a station in Phang Nga Province has been moved to our “Because You Are Loved” program at a radio station in Nakhon Sawan Province. We continue to broadcast our “Encouragement for You” program on another station in Phang Nga Province.

We also have started to broadcast our “Relieve Your Worries” program at a station in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in northeastern Thailand. One of our LHMT radio speakers is using the northeastern dialect with that program. This is the first time that we have aired our programs in that area. We thank God that we’re able to proclaim the Gospel in a new part of Thailand and we look forward to working with some of the churches in that area.