The Last Time is the First Time

Of the 27 churches in the Christian Leaders Association of Maha Sarakham, a total of 98 church members and pastors from 16 churches participated in our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand – Journey Into Light (LHMT) Equipping the Saints evangelism training on May 20, 2017.  Our program was hosted by Glory Way Church in Maha Sarakham Province in northeastern Thailand, a 7-hour drive from Bangkok.

The pastor and a few members from another church came just to observe our workshop, because they will be hosting us for our next ETS program in June. 

This was the first time our LHMT team worked with the churches in Maha Sarakham, so we didn’t know each other well.  Everyone participated well during the times when they practiced using some of the methods and materials we shared with them, so some good relationships began to develop.  Because our staff led the attendees in some fun activities and songs between the teaching modules, we were able to establish an informal, friendly atmosphere that helped everyone to relax and work together with people they hadn’t met before.

At the end of the day 73 people signed up to become LHMT commissioned volunteers and 82 registered to begin receiving encouraging weekly Gospel text messages from us on their mobile phones.

This was our last ETS workshop for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  We thank God that all of our ETS programs went well this year and that God kept our team healthy and safe during all of our travels.

 

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.

 

 

ETS in Uttaradit Province

Lablae District in Uttaradit Province is a 6-hour drive from Bangkok and was the location for the Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelistic training conducted by our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand – Journey Into Light (LHMT) team on February 11, 2017 at Thai Hua-Dong Church.

Although nearly 70 people from 8 churches were expected to join the training, 2 big weddings got scheduled in that area on the same day. As a result 38 people from 5 churches participated in our ETS workshop. The people who attended were very enthusiastic and thankful for the training that they received. They are eager to witness to their Buddhist family members and friends and were happy to receive more information and practical techniques for doing that.

One highlight of our time there was having 9 young adults involved in the workshop. Not only did they enjoy learning how to share their faith with non-Christians, but they also helped lead our time of worship.

At the end of the day 30 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers and 28 asked to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from us on their mobile phones each week.

We thank God for the good response of the people who attended this ETS, for the relationships that we were able to begin forming and for safe travel for our LHMT team. We look forward to working with those volunteers in the future.

ETS Workshop in Chonburi

A total of 111 people from 13 churches in Chonburi Province attended an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism workshop conducted by our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff on October 15, 2016. The host church was Cross of Chonburi Church, which is located in Muang District.

Throughout the day the LHMT team led the participants in songs and fun activities and taught them about the reasons and methods for doing evangelistic outreach. The people were very interested in learning and joined in the program very enthusiastically.

At the end of the day 54 people asked to become LHMT commissioned volunteers and105 applied to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones each week.

Au Udom Church asked to receive Children’s Bible Correspondence Courses that they could use for the youth in their church. LHMT is very happy to supply them with those materials.

Also, the Chonburi Church Association asked LHMT to do our school outreach program in their area in December 2017.

We thank God for blessing this training and for the good connections with the churches in that area.

ETS Training in Nakhon Sawan

ETS103On August 27, 2016 our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism training at Nakhon Sawan Church in Nakhon Sawan Province.  This was the first time our LHMT team did a ministry program in that area.

A total of 27 members from 5 churches participated in the workshop.  We were disappointed that we didn’t reach the expected total of 60 attendees, but we were very thankful for those who were able to come.  Our team taught the usual ETS modules about how and why we do evangelism and provided several practical ideas about how they could share their faith with their family and friends.

We enjoyed having a time of worship together, eating lunch together and singing and doing fun activities with those who attended the workshop.  Since we didn’t know anyone from that group before the training, this was a good opportunity to interact personally with them and to begin building relationships.

At the end of the day we got very good feedback from everyone.  They were happy to learn more about doing outreach to people in their communities who don’t know Jesus and 18 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers.  Also, 30 people asked to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages from us every week on their mobile phones.

Our team was very encouraged when the leader of the women’s ministry at the church asked about the possibility of our LHMT team helping to conduct a women’s camp for them in the future.  We are interested in doing that and will continue talking with them about this.

We thank God for safe travel, for blessing our ETS program and interactions with the participants and for the possibility of working with them again in the future.

 

ETS Training in Ayutthaya Province

ETS Ayutthaya18On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted an Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism training for 61 pastors and church members from 5 churches at Wang Noi Full Gospel Church in Ayutthaya Province, just north of Bangkok.  These churches have formed an informal group to work together in sharing the Gospel with the nonbelievers in their area.

Because Ayutthaya is less than an hour from the LHMT ministry center in Bangkok, our team went to Wang Noi Full Gospel Church on Friday to deliver the workshop materials and to become familiar with the church and the community.  The LHMT team was happy to be able to leave home early in the morning and return home on Friday and Saturday instead of staying overnight in a hotel.

All of the participants seemed to enjoy their time together praying, worshiping, learning and practicing various evangelism techniques that were presented by the LHMT team.  Throughout the day they all worked well together and they appreciated all of the information they received from our team during the ETS modules.

At the end of the workshop we received very positive feedback from those who attended and 43 people became LHMT commissioned volunteers.  A total of 73 people registered to begin receiving encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones, because some participants registered the mobile phone numbers of people who didn’t attend.

We are very thankful to Rev. Somsak Sangpayome from Romglao Ayutthaya Church for organizing our workshop and to Pastor Urai Wiroonpawadee of Wan Noi Full Gospel Church for the use of that facility.  All of the arrangements were well planned, so our workshop went very smoothly.

We thank God for safe travel, for the good connections we were able to make with the participants and for the people who became our volunteers.  We pray that everyone will feel comfortable sharing their faith with family and friends through the techniques they learned during the workshop.

 

 

The First ETS of the Year

ETS Khonburi7On Saturday, June 25 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff conducted the first Equipping the Saints (ETS) evangelism workshop for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  A total of 45 people from 9 churches arrived early in the morning at Khonburi Church in Nakhonratchasima Province to participate in the training. Because it was about a 5-hour drive from Bangkok, the team had to travel on Friday and Sunday.

When plans were being made to do this workshop 11 churches were expected to attend. However, one church had to cancel. The group from another church was halfway to Khonburi Church when they had to return home because they were informed that a church member had been killed.

Pastor Chumroen Burinok arranged for this training because his church has been airing all 3 LHMT radio programs for more than a year on the church’s community radio station. The programs are Relieve Your Worries, Encouragement for You and Because You are Loved. Pastor Chumroen and the members of his church were very happy with the quality of our LHMT radio programs and wanted to learn more from our team.

Everyone who joined the ETS training seemed to enjoy worshiping and studying together throughout the day. The members from all of the churches participated enthusiastically in the activities and had a good time getting to meet each other.

At the end of the day 29 participants signed up to become our commissioned volunteers in that area and 34 people enrolled to receive weekly encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones.

Pastor Chumroen asked us to conduct a Listener Gathering at his church on October 15 for the Relieve Your Worries program. Our LHMT director and team look forward to working with Pastor Chumroen and his church members again.