Product Sale is a Blessing for LHMT and a Local Church

In addition to their regular work, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff are willing to help with local fund raising and other activities that benefit our ministry.

Early Sunday morning, April 3, 2016, two LHMT staff packed up a variety of Christian books, music CDs, crosses, T-shirts, jewelry and other items from the LHMT Christian bookstore and drove to Nazarene Church in Bangkok.  After worshiping and personally interacting with the church members, the LHMT staff conducted a product sale at the church.  They also took some ministry materials with them and talked with people about LHMT ministry programs.

In addition to raising some local funds to help support LHMT ministry activities, the product sale gives our staff a chance to meet and begin building relationships with the pastor and church members.  Also, the product sale provides an opportunity for the church members to purchase some Christian items that they may not be able to get very easily, since there are only a few Christian bookstores in Bangkok.

Thanking Friends and Glorifying the Lord

Thanksgiving47On Saturday, November 28, 2015, Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) celebrated its annual Thanksgiving Banquet for donors and other ministry partners and friends.  More than 200 people came together for a catered dinner and an evening of worship, games, entertainment and words of thanks and appreciation.

Every year LHMT invites people who have supported its ministry with their time, energy, money and prayers to celebrate the good things that God has done for and through their ministry activities.  Special speakers included Pastor Wichean Rakkhantho from Kuiburi Church in PrchuapkhirikhanProvince, who gave the message during the worship time.  Pastor Wichean, his wife and church members are good friends of LHMT who have partnered with LHMT several times in doing school outreach and other programs in the community near their church.  Pastor Wichean and his wife were happy to travel more than four hours to attend the Thanksgiving Banquet and to share God’s Word with everyone who came for the evening.

The people who attended were treated to an excellent dinner and had opportunities to meet each other, to purchase products from the LHMT Christian bookstore and some special Christmas and gift items that were brought in especially for this occasion.

The theme for the evening was “Glorify the Lord,” which clearly reflected the understanding of all who participated that it is because of God’s gracious blessings that LHMT was able to accomplish so many ministry programs and activities during the previous year.

The LHMT director and staff very much appreciate all the help of so many volunteers and friends throughout the year.  They had a great time thanking and celebrating with people they are not able to see often.  It’s very encouraging to have so many partners who work with LHMT and who help to make ministry activities possible in various parts of Thailand.  The LHMT director and staff also appreciate the leadership and support of Dr. Douglas Rutt, International Director, and Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, Asia Regional Director, for Lutheran Hour Ministries in the United States.

God has truly blessed Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand in many ways, especially with a large network of people who have hearts to help LHMT share the Gospel with so many Thai people who don’t know who Jesus is or what He has done for them.

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Ministry Booth and Product Sale at Thai Christian School

Booth05In Bangkok there are not a lot of Christian bookstores, so it’s not easy for many Christians to purchase Bibles, Christian books, Christian music CDs and other items.  From June 17-19, 2015 the Christian students and teachers at Thai Christian School in Bangkok had that opportunity.  During those days some Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff were at the school with many products from the LHMT Christian bookstore and with displays and other information about our various LHMT ministries.

When they had breaks throughout the day and after school many students and teachers visited the LHMT booth to talk with our staff and to buy Christian T-shirts, jewelry, Christian music CDs and books and other products.  This also was a good opportunity for our LHMT staff to share the Gospel with some of the non-Christian students.

This was not the first time that LHMT did a ministry booth and product sale at Thai Christian School.  For one week each June the school has many special activities for the students and they invite LHMT to come.  Each time LHMT has been at Thai Christian School we have had successful product sales and a number of students have signed up to begin receiving encouraging Gospel messages on their mobile phones.  This year was no exception.

Whenever we visit Thai Christian School it is a double blessing.  The Christian students and teachers appreciate being able to obtain the items from our bookstore and it’s another chance for us to do a good fund raising activity to support our ministries.  Our LHMT staff always enjoy meeting and talking with the students, especially those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior.

We thank God for His blessings during our three days at Thai Christian School.  We pray that the students who receive our Gospel text messages will learn more about Jesus and will respond positively to God’s Word.

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New Contacts through Product Sale and Ministry Booth

From 6:00 pm – 10Booth3:00 pm on May 18, 2015 Pantasanya Bandonglang Church in Suphanburi Province had a day of meetings and special activities.  The church invited Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) to sell items from our Christian bookstore throughout the day.  It’s quite difficult for many Christians in Thailand to have access to Christian materials.  We were able to offer for sale a variety of Christian books, booklets, pamphlets, animated movies, music CDs, shirts, jewelry and other items.  The people attending the meeting were very grateful to be able to purchase these products and it was an opportunity to do fund raising for LHMT.

Our LHMT staff also was able to set up a ministry booth, so the people from the church could learn more about who LHMT is and the types of ministry activities we do.  As a result, we were able to make many new contacts.  Nearly 100 people visited our booth and signed up to receive free Christian music CDs.  Eight people asked to begin receiving the encouraging Gospel text messages from LHMT on their mobile phones each week.

We thank God that we were able to meet new people and to begin building a relationship with Pantasanya Bandonglang Church.  We hope that we will be able to do some activities with them again in the future.

Ministry Booth and Product Sale

On Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2015, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff traveled 2 hours by van to Ruamjai Uthong Church in Suphanburi Province.

The LHMT team set up their ministry booth and product sale with many items from the LHMT Christian bookstore.  Because there are not many Christian bookstores in Thailand, it can be difficult for Christians living outside large cities to get Christian books and materials.  The church members were very happy to have this opportunity to buy Bibles, other Christian books and booklets, Christian music CDs, Christian T-shirts and jewelry and other products.

This also was a good chance for the LHMT team to raise some funds to support their ministry programs and activities and to introduce LHMT to the church members.  When the pastor and church members visited the LHMT ministry booth, they learned a lot about the radio programs produced by LHMT and the many other LHMT ministry activities.

One ministry program that caught the attention of the church members was the LHMT Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC).  By the end of the day 158 people had registered to begin receiving the adult BCC lessons and 3 asked to receive the Children’s BCC for their families.

Another LHMT ministry program that was popular with the church members was the Gospel text messages.  A total of 19 people signed up to begin receiving the encouraging Gospel messages on their mobile phones.

 

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Product Sale and Ministry Booth at Pak Kred Church

On Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, some Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT)  staff went to Pak Kred Church in Bangkok.  The church is not far from the LHMT ministry center and the LHMT team has worked with this church several times in the past.

The LHMT team was not involved in any ministry activities, but was invited to set up a product sale with many items from the LHMT Christian bookstore.  There are not many Christian bookstores in Thailand.  By bringing Christian books, study materials, music CDs, Christian decorative pieces, Christian T-shirts, jewelry and other products to Pak Kred Church, the church members had a good chance to purchase things that usually were not easily available to them.

This also was a good opportunity for the LHMT team to set up a ministry booth, so that the people could learn about the various LHMT ministry activities.  By interacting with the church members who purchased the bookstore products and who visited the LHMT ministry booth, the LHMT staff were able to begin building some relationships with them.

The LHMT team received good feedback and appreciation from the church members.  Five people signed up to receive the encouraging Gospel text messages on their mobile phones each week and 60 copies of the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) were requested for a Christian dormitory in Chiang Rai.  Pak Kred Church also asked for 3 complete sets of the Children’s BCC.

Our LHMT staff enjoyed being with the church members again and look forward to interacting with their church again in the future.

An Evening of Blessings

Every year Journey Into Light – Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) holds a Thanksgiving Banquet to honor and show appreciation for all of the friends and donors connected with our ministry.  This year’s banquet was held from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 8 with nearly 200 people attending.

The program started with a time of worship, let by some of our LHMT staff and friends.  Pastor Taweep Oiwan shared a message from Ephesians 2:8-10 and Lutheran Hour Ministries Asia Regional Director, Ms. Gunya Na Thalang, brought greetings from the LHM headquarters staff and friends in the United States.

2014 Thanksgiving51The LHMT director gave a presentation about how God blessed the LHMT ministry programs and activities during the past year and shared her personal appreciation for all the financial and prayer support the donors provided.

In addition to sharing information and thanks, the evening included some fun activities.  The LHMT bookstore staff, Ms. Kanda Teabrattana, did a beautiful Thai traditional dance and other staff led the guests in some fun games and songs.

Two of our former staff, Mr. Orarit Singjanusong and Pastor Tanongsak Pong-oodta, also helped make the evening more special.  Mr. Orarit made sure that the sound system worked well all evening and Pastor Tanongsak sang two songs during the program that he composed.

One very enjoyable activity involved a very talented father and son duo, Mr. Thanakorn Kankaewrat and Mr. Dhanadej Kankaewrat.  While Mr. Dhanadej played the keyboard and sang a beautiful song, his father painted a wonderful acrylic picture.  The idea was that Mr. Thanakorn had to finish the picture by the time that his son finished singing the song.  It was very interesting to watch and everyone was quite amazed at the quality of the painting.  After completing the painting, it was auctioned to the highest bidder as a donation to the LHMT ministries.

Two special speakers talked about their good relationships with LHMT.  One was Mr. Pitsanu Ponpai, the chairman of Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church.  He spoke about the good partnership that the church shared with LHMT and how much the members appreciated LHMT for leading a special Christmas outreach program at the church every December.

Mr. Pitsanu also explained that LHMT often brings volunteers to do special activities at the church when teams come from the United States.  The church has been blessed by new Christian contacts that LHMT referred from our outreach programs.

Another speaker was a donor, Mrs. Prasert Panyamankong.  She told how she has enjoyed supporting LHMT for many years and intends to continue her support.  Mrs. Prasert explained that she is eager to support our ministry, because she respected the director and staff for being such humble servants of God and doing such good quality work in all of our ministry programs.

We are very grateful to all of the people who volunteered to help make sure that everything went smoothly all evening and for the guest speakers, singers and worship team for volunteering their talents.

We thank God that everything with the banquet went very well and we’re happy to hear that everyone is already looking forward to next year’s banquet.

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