Christmas School Outreach in Prachinburi Province

After spending the weekend in our homes back in Bangkok, our team started the second week of our Christmas School Outreach program by driving to Kabinburi District in Prachinburi Province Monday morning, December 19. After lunch we did the Christmas songs and fun activities for the students at Wat Kok Udom School. We used the animated Christmas video for the 245 students in grades 1-6 and the English activity for the 30 students in grades 7-9. At the end of our time at the school we received a very nice message from a student representative. She said thank you to our team and the husband and wife from the preaching station who coordinated our schedule in Kabinburi. After mentioning how much the students enjoyed the fun activities she told us that she was happy to know the true meaning of Christmas, so she can share it with her friends and family members.

After lunch we traveled to Rutaitip School where all 516 students are in grades 7-12. Because the group was so large the teachers divided the group into 2 smaller groups and we did back-to-back presentations of the”Christmas” letters activity. We thank God that we had a chance to do our Christmas activities in Christian    schools. Because we discovered that many of the students didn’t understand the reason why Christians celebrate Christmas, we were very happy to share the good news of the birth of Jesus with them.

December 20, 2016 was the busiest day of our 2-week Christmas School Outreach program. We did Christmas activities in 3 schools in Na Di District in Prachinburi Province. Our day began at 8:30 a.m. at Ban Noansaensuk School where we sang Christmas songs, did a few fun activities and used the animated Christmas video to teach the 85 students in grades K-6 about Christmas. We were happy to see the school director and teachers join us for our entire 90-minute program. The school director even recorded two of our Christmas songs, since he had never heard them before. The end of our time at the school was very special when the students sang a thank you song to us.

The next stop on our morning schedule was Chumchon Ban Samphanta School. The 142 students in grades K-6 were patiently waiting for us to arrive. We repeated the program that we did at Ban Noansaensuk School. The students very eagerly joined the activities. They especially enjoyed seeing 3 of their students in a simple skit with our team. Again we were pleased that the school director and teachers participated in our whole program.

After lunch we traveled to Maneesawetuppatam School. We again sang the Christmas songs and did the fun activities, but for the 736 students in grades 7-12 we used the English activity to explain how Jesus is the reason that we celebrate Christmas. Even with such a large group of students our program went very smoothly. The students participated well and some of them already knew many of the English words we used during our activity. The day before our team arrived at the school, 8 small groups of students had each done a special Christmas decoration in booths around the school gymnasium. Although most used images of Santa Claus, one indicated that joy, peace and love were connected to Christmas. Another booth even incorporated John 3:16 into their decoration. We were very surprised to see that. At the end of our program an eleventh grade student from that group introduced herself to our team. Her name was Nim and she told us that she is a Christian. When we asked, she confirmed to us that she is the only Christian in her school.

Although we visited only 1 school on December 21, 2016, we did 2 presentations. Our first program at Triam Udom Suksa Nomklao Kabinburi School in Kabinburi District, Prachinburi Province began at 8:30 a.m. We did our usual 90-minute program that included singing Christmas songs and doing fun activities and then used our English Christmas activity with the 555 students in grades 7-9. As soon as they left the meeting hall the 678 students in grades 10-12 came in. We did the same program with the second group of students. They seemed to understand English quite well and enjoyed participating in the activity. Most of the students in both groups knew something about Santa Claus, but they did not know that Christmas was a celebration of the birth of Jesus. Prior to beginning our presentations the school gave awards to students who had won an English competition about Christmas and to the winners of an art competition about Christmas. Santa Claus was in all of their pictures. But now they know the true meaning of Christmas. After lunch we rode in the van to Nakhonnayok Province to prepare for the final day of our 2016 Christmas School Outreach program.

Christmas School Outreach in Phetchaboon Province

On December 15 we had the unusual experience of doing our Christmas School Outreach program for 2 Christian schools, both in Lom Sak District in Phetchabun Province. Although these are Christian schools, most of the students are not Christian. In the morning we were at Sirin Christian School where we divided the 668 students into 2 groups. Some of our team used a Christian animated video with the students in grades 1-6. The children really enjoyed the Christmas songs and fun activities. At the same time the rest of our team did our presentation for the students in grades 7-9 using the letters in the word “Christmas” to explain the true meaning of Christmas.

Khao Kho District in Phetchabun Province was the area where we conducted our Christmas School Outreach program on Friday, December 16. We used an animated Christmas video, some Christmas songs and a few fun activities to tell the children in 2 rural schools about the true meaning of Christmas. In the morning we were at Na Yao School where we enjoyed our time with 204 students in grades 1-6.

We visited Ban Huay Khon Had School after lunch and did the same program with the 109 students in grades 1-6 there. We thank God for safe travel to the schools and on the nearly 6-hour ride back to Bangkok. We also are very thankful to the pastor and members of Ruam Nimit Church for coordinating our schedule in Khao Kho  District.

 

Christmas School Outreach in Chainat Province

On December 13, 2016 our director and staff and LCMS missionary, Dennis Denow, the husband of our LHM Thailand director, traveled to Rajaprajanugroh 46 School in Muang District in Chainat Province.  This was the first day of our 2016 Christmas School Outreach Program.  Using Christmas songs, some activities and an English activity our team shared the true meaning of Christmas with the teachers and 272 students in grades 1-6 and 537 students in grades 7-12.

On December 14, 2016 our team visited a second school in Chainat Province, Wat Ruongwua School.  We split our team and separated the 167 students into 2 groups.  For the group of students in grades 1-6 part of our team used the animated video, “Red Boots for Christmas.”  They did a fun Christmas skit and a few activities to check that the students understood the video.

At the same time the rest of our team did a program for the students in grades 7-9.  This group did an English activity that used the letters in the word “Christmas” to share the true meaning of Christmas with the students.  A few follow-up activities were used to check that these students understood the message.  All of the students came together again to sing some Christmas songs and to receive our gift sets, some snacks and lunch from Chainat Church.

We are thankful to the leaders and members of Chainat Church for organizing our visit in Chainat Province and assisting us with our program. We enjoyed working with Chainat Church and building a deeper relationship with them.  We pray that God will bless them as they do some follow-up activities at the school.

LHMT Preparing to Do Annual Christmas School Outreach

One of the main ministry activities of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) each year is our Christmas School Outreach program.  Every December our director and staff visit schools in different parts of Thailand to share with the students and teachers the true meaning of Christmas.

Over a period of 9 days this year our team will travel to 13 government schools in central and northeastern Thailand.  We expect to do our Christmas presentation to more than 5,000 students and teachers.  Many people in Thailand know something about Santa Claus, but have never heard the name of Jesus.

Due to the recent death of the king of Thailand the country is still observing a time of mourning.  To honor the Thai king and to be sensitive to the sadness the people are experiencing, we are modifying our Christmas presentations this year.  In the past we have included many games and fun activities with the students.  This year the atmosphere of our presentations will be more subdued, but we will continue to tell them about Jesus and highlight the joy that we have because Jesus was born to die for our sins.

Please pray for our team on December 13-16 and 19-23.  Please pray for safe travel and that the Holy Spirit will open the minds of the students and teachers to understand who Jesus is and why He was born.

Special LHMT Gifts Help Thai People Mourn Their King

After reigning in Thailand for 70 years King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as King Rama IX of Thailand, passed away on October 13, 2016.  In honor or his birthday on December 5 and to assist some Thai people in mourning their king, our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff are conducting a special activity.

On December 5-7, 2016 the LHMT team is setting up a table in front of our ministry center in Bangkok.  We are giving away free gift packs to anyone who stops at the table and leaves their names and contact information.  The gift packs included a black handkerchief with a simple white design and white and black wristbands with a message of remembrance of His Majesty The King, Rama IX written on it.  We are very pleased that we were able to give away nearly 1,000 gift packs today.

For at least 100 days the Thai people are wearing black in mourning the king.  Government workers will be wearing black for an entire year.  The LHMT gifts are a way to serve people in the community near our ministry center and a means for our team to meet people and to do some follow-up contacts with them.