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.

A Closer Look at Our Ministry: Text Messaging

S__5562417Finding the most effective means of communicating with non-believers in Thailand is always a challenge.  Thai people typically think of Christianity as the religion of Westerners.   When they hear a Christian message, they automatically think that it’s just for Westerners.

Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) is interested in sharing the Gospel with non-believers, but also eager to find ways to encourage and nurture Christians throughout Thailand.

One way that LHMT uses to connect with non-believers and to encourage believers at the same time is through text messages.  Almost everyone in Thailand has a mobile phone and text messaging is a common way of communicating.  Through text messages LHMT can make personal connections with people we haven’t met and we can maintain contact with people who already have participated in some of our ministry activities.

Every Wednesday LHMT sends a text message to the mobile phones of more than 5,000 people.  Both Christians and non-Christians, who have signed up for this service, receive a Bible passage and an encouraging message.  Words of grace and forgiveness, expressions of God’s glory and love and reminders of God’s presence in all situations are some of the topics shared each week.

Feedback that LHMT has received indicate that these messages have had a positive impact on many people.  Both believers and non-believers have told us that they have received messages that applied to specific situations in their lives and have provided answers that they were looking for.

God’s Word is powerful and able to touch the hearts and minds of Christians and non-Christians alike.  Sharing the Gospel through text messages on personal mobile phones is one way to connect with people who otherwise would not read the Bible or hear a Christian message.  It’s also a great way to support Christians who may be the only believers in their families and communities.

We thank God for the technology that makes it possible for us to so quickly and easily send His Word to thousands of people each week.  And we thank God for providing the financial support for this important ministry activity.