LHM Thailand Team Participates in Memorial Service

On November 12, 2016 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were invited to participate in a memorial service for Mrs. Staporn Gernand, the mother of Rev. Ted Na Thalang, the Chairman of the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church and Asia representative for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.  Mrs. Gernand also was the mother-in-law of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Asia Regional Director, Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang.  The service was conducted in the town of Takuapa in Phang Nga Province in Southern Thailand.

One of the LHMT studio technicians led the music for the memorial service and the other staff sang and distributed Christian materials to the more than 500 people who attended.  The materials included a Thai translation of the Lutheran Hour booklet, “Why Do Bad Things Happen?”  Since more than 90% of the people who joined the Christian service were Buddhists, this was a unique opportunity for them to hear the Gospel and to receive Christian materials.

Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of International Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries, gave a message of encouragement to Mrs. Gernand’s family and friends.  Rose Sirintip Hanpradit, who recorded a Christian music album with LHMT before becoming a well-known pop singer in Thailand, sang “Take Your Wounded Heart to the Cross” and “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow.”

We pray for God’s comfort for the family and that the Holy Spirit will use the Gospel messages and materials to help many people come to know who Jesus is and what He has done for them.


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