Live Radio Program

While our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff was conducting the Children’s Day activities on Saturday, January 14, 2017, our director was at a commercial radio station in Bangkok with 2 volunteers answering phone calls for the regular Saturday afternoon live radio program, “Home for Love.” Because it was Children’s Day our radio speaker focused on the role of children in the family and their relationship with their parents.

A total of 32 listeners called in to receive a free children’s gift set during the 1-hour program. Twenty of the callers were first-time contacts for our ministry.  We look forward to making follow-up contacts with them in the coming weeks.

 

Special Program for Children’s Day

January 14, 2017 was the third time that our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted a program on Children’s Day for children of families in the 21st Signal Operations Battalion Supreme in Saphan Mai, Bangkok. From 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 53 children had lots of fun participating in a variety of outside games.

Our team has a good relationship with Colonel Attapong Pugahn, who is in charge of the 21st Signal Operations Battalion Supreme. He personally asked for LHMT to conduct the program again this year for the families under his command. The Colonel and many of his staff know our LHMT team well from the previous Children’s Day programs we did with them in 2014 and 2015.

Colonel Attapong was a student at Assumption Catholic School and his sister is a Christian, so he is very familiar with Christian beliefs. He allowed our LHMT staff to lead everyone in a prayer for the children and for Thailand.

In addition to receiving prizes during the activities, at the end of the morning all of the children were given gift sets containing a coloring book, crayons, candy, a plastic water bottle, Christian tracts and a copy of the LHMT children’s Bible Correspondence Course.

We thank God that everything went well and for the good relationship that we have with Colonel Attapong, his staff and the families in the 21st Signal Operations Battalion Supreme. We hope to build on that relationship as the Colonel also invited our LHMT team to lead their children summer camp  in the future.

Looking Forward to Doing Ministry Activities in 2017

As we look ahead to the last half of our 2016-2017 fiscal year, our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team is excited about the opportunities that the Lord has given us to serve Him.

We always enjoy doing special activities with children.  This year on Children’s Day in January we will again be doing a program with the families from the 21st Signal Operations Battalion Supreme here in Bangkok.  The Children’s Day programs we have done with them in the past have been well received and some good relationships have been started.

We will travel to Uttaradit Province in February to conduct an Equipping the Saints evangelism training workshop.

In March our team has two programs scheduled.  In Nakorn Ratchasima Province we will do a Listener Gathering and then we will lead an Equipping the Saints training workshop in Nakon Pathom Province.

Two unique activities are on our calendar for April.  Our LHMT team will help conduct an annual church camp in Chaiyaphum Province and  we will do a ministry booth and product sale for the Youth for Christ Youth Challenge in Nakon Nayok Province, which is held every 4 years.  At least 800 youth are expected to attend.  We have enjoyed working with this program in the past.

The last ministry program that we have scheduled for this fiscal year is a Listener Gathering in May in Bangkok.

We thank God that we are able to be involved in these ministry programs throughout Thailand, that we are able to bring the Gospel to many people who have never heard the name of Jesus and that we have developed so many good relationships with pastors, church members and people from other Christian organizations serving Christ in Thailand.

Please pray for our safe travel and for God’s blessings on us as we serve Him in the coming months.

Christmas School Outreach in Nakhonnayok Province

The last day of our 2-week Christmas School Outreach program for 2016 was December 22. The last 2 schools we visited were both in Nakhonnayok Province. In the morning our team was at Wat Koh Ka School in Pakplee District where we did our program for 147 students in grades K-6. A few students from grades 7-9 also participated, but almost all students in grades 7-9 were involved in a sports day. As usual with the younger students, we sang some Christmas songs, did a few fun activities and used the animated Christmas video, “Red Boots for Christmas” to teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Our team was impressed that everything was so well organized and planned very well by students and teachers. The students seemed to pay very close attention and participated very enthusiastically. We also were happy to see that the teachers attended our entire program.

After lunch our team did our program for the 312 students in Wat Nongri School in Ban Na District. We split our team into 2 groups so that we could do the animated video program with the students in grades K-6 and the English activity with the students in grades 7-9 during the same time period. Contact with this school was made by a pastor from a local church, who invited the students to join free classes to learn how to play musical instruments at the church. We pray that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of the students at both schools during the follow-up activities.