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.

 

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