ETS in Ratchaburi Province

Our Journey Into Light – Lutheran Hour Ministries team conducted an Equipping the Saints evangelism training workshop at Man Jong Thai Church in Photharam District, Ratchaburi Province on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

We were very happy to work with the 46 participants who came from 6 different churches in that area.  They were eager to learn new ways to share their faith with their non-Christian family and friends.  At the end of the day they felt more confident about telling others about Jesus because of the techniques that they had learned and practiced during the workshop.

A total of 41 people asked to join the program to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from us on their mobile phones each week.  Also, 30 people who attended the training signed up to become our commissioned volunteers.

Some of the churches indicated that they are interested in having our team conduct an ETS training at their churches in the future.  We thank God for these new relationship and look forward to working with them again.

 

 

Her Life is no Longer in Chaos

“Home For Love” LHMT Live Radio Program

Mrs. Gaew Chaiyasit, 41 years old, came to Bangkok to find work as a  seamstress. 

One Saturday afternoon she heard live Journey Into Light – Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHMT) radio program, “Home for Love.”  Mrs. Gaew was interested in listening because she found that the program has good variety and is very informative and encouraging for daily life.

Because she works very hard taking care of her 4 children and 2 grandchildren, Mrs. Gaew often feels tired and discouraged.  While listening to “Home for Love” she heard a message about the LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.  It sounded interesting to her, so she decided to enroll.  Today she is studying the second lesson in the first course.

Now Mrs. Gaew feels happy, because through the BCC she has come to believe that God is leading her life.  She prays to God often.  Mrs. Gaew says, “I know God and trust in Him, so I’m happy now. My life is not chaos like before, because I know that God is here to take care of my life.”

Our LHMT staff introduced Mrs. Gaew to Nimitmai Church in her area, so that she can be nurtured spiritually.  She wants to get to know God better, because knows God will not leave her.  Mrs. Gaew wants to give her life to God to lead her.

We pray that Mrs. Gaew will learn and understand God’s Word and that her faith will grow stronger each cay.  We also pray that her family will come to know God, just as Mrs. Gaew has done.

Focusing on Young People

On April 7-8, 2017 our LHM Thailand staff had a great opportunity to share about our ministry programs with youth who came together in Nakhon Nayok Province to attend the Youth for Christ Youth Challenge 2017.  More than 800 young people from throughout Thailand attended this special event.

This is the third time that we have helped Youth for Christ with this program that is held every 4 years.  In addition to setting up our ministry booth we also were able to conduct a product sale with many items from our Christian bookstore.

By the end of our time there 350 youth had signed up to begin receiving our encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones each week and 147 enrolled in our Bible Correspondence Course.

We thank God that we were able to do 2 special presentations on April 8 about our ministry activities for all of the participants who were interested in knowing more about Christian media ministry and to talk with many of them personally.

Long Term Relationship Continues to Grow

Some of the participants gathered for a group picture

The first time that our LHM Thailand team was introduced to the Thai-Ezra Evangelistic Ministry was when they invited us to conduct an Equipping the Saints training workshop for their association members.  Each of the 4 years since then we have been assisting with their annual church camp.  This year more than 250 adults and children from 26 churches came together for the camp. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 was the first day of the camp and our team enjoyed leading the people in a variety of songs and games.  The campers were divided into 5 groups, each group identified by a different color, so we planned activities at 5 stations.  The groups spent 15 minutes at each station and then rotated until they completed all of the stations. 

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 our team led more games and activities for the campers, but this time we didn’t use the stations.  We had all of the adults and children participate together in one large group.  We had a good time leading the activities and getting to meet more new people.  At the end of the day we also conducted the closing activity for the camp.

One of the pastors we got to know during the camp was from Thai Wanorn Church.  He is very interested in receiving all of our radio programs to broadcast on his church’s radio station.  Some of the churches want to receive our Bible Correspondence Courses to use for their outreach programs.  Seven youth signed up to begin receiving our weekly encouraging Gospel text messages on their cell phones.

We’re happy to continue developing our relationship with the Thai-Ezra Evangelistic Ministry and we look forward to interacting with them again in the future.

Learning about Jesus through the Christmas School Outreach Program

Christmas Presentation at Triam Udom Suksa Nomklao Kabinburi School

Ms. Goongunya Pantasane is a 17-year-old student in grade 11 at Triam Udom Suksa Nomklao Kabinburi School in Prachinburi Province.

When Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) did a Christmas School Outreach project in her school in December 2016, Ms. Goongunya heard the true meaning of Christmas and the story about Jesus for the first time.  She was fascinated by the story and immediately became interested in learning much more.

Mx. Goongunya says, “Through the LHMT Christmas outreach activity this past year I got to hear about Jesus Christ.  I want to learn more about Him.”  So, she applied to study our LHMT Children’s Bible Correspondence Course (BCC).  When our staff asked why she didn’t study the adult BCC instead, Ms. Goongunya replied that she preferred to study the Children’s BCC first.  Then she plans to study the adult BCC after finishing the Children’s BCC.

Our LHMT staff talked with a husband and wife who started Baan Piamrak preaching station near Ms. Goongunya’s school.  To follow up after our School Outreach Program they contacted Ms. Goongunya and visited her school.  The school administrators asked them to help all of the students learn about Christian values.  When the husband and wife began teaching Christian values at her school it was a good opportunity for Ms. Goongunya to learn more about Jesus.

Ms. Goongunya went to worship God at the preaching station and signed up to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from LHMT on her mobile phone.  About our text message program she said, “Through the Gospel text messages I am getting good information about God and I’m receiving encouragement for my daily life.  I want to learn as much as I can about Christianity and God.  I feel like I now have happiness knowing that God is taking care of my life and, most importantly, I know that Jesus came to the world to save me from my sin.”

We pray that God’s Word will continue to grow in her life.