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Fun Time in St. Louis

In addition to visiting the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were able to have some time to relax and do some sightseeing.  They also enjoyed some delicious home-cooked Thai food at the home of Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, the LHM Asia Regional Director.

After spending most of Tuesday at the LHM headquarters they traveled about two hours to Jefferson City, Missouri to visit the LHMT director’s niece and family.

During the day on Wednesday the LHMT team visited the state capitol building in Jefferson City and did some other sight seeing.  The visit to the capitol gave them a chance to make some comparisons to how democracy works in Thailand.

On Thursday the Thailand team visited the St. Louis Arch.  This was a special opportunity to get some great pictures and to experience a famous site.  They did some final shopping and finished packing their bags before spending their last night in the United States.

At 6:00 a.m. Friday morning they began their long journey back to Thailand.

 

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LHM Thailand Team Visit LHM Headquarters

After their week helping with the Vacation Bible School at Brookfield Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Monday, July 20 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team traveled to St. Louis, Missouri.  A couple from Brookfield Lutheran Church, Bob and Judy Fischer, were kind enough to drive the team to St. Louis.

During their time in St. Louis the team stayed in the home of Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, the Asia Regional Director for Lutheran Hour Ministries.

On Tuesday, July 21, the team were honored to visit the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters.  They met the international staff and had time to visit with them.  Then they did a short presentation and sang a Thai song during the All-Staff meeting.

At the end of the morning the LHM Thailand director was interviewed for a segment to be aired during the Lutheran Hour radio program.  During the interview the director was able to give an overview of the Thailand ministry and to explain the four radio programs that are used for outreach among Thai people.

The LHMT team had lunch with the international staff when they especially enjoyed having time to talk with individuals who have visited the Thailand ministry center in the past.

After lunch the LHMT team had a tour of the headquarters building.

We are very grateful to Dr. Douglas Rutt, International Ministries Director, for arranging for our team to visit the LHM headquarters.  This was a special opportunity for the LHMT staff to better understand the worldwide scope of Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Because Mr. Kurt Buchholz, President and CEO of Lutheran Hour Ministries, was outside the headquarters all day on Tuesday, the LHMT director and staff returned to the headquarters on Thursday, July 23, to meet with him in his office.

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LHMT Director and Staff Meet with Leaders from the Lutheran Church-Canada

LHMT staff join President Bugbee's morning devotion.

LHMT staff (in orange shirts) join President Bugbee’s morning devotion.

Mrs. Monta Ekwanit Denow, the director of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) joined a meeting with Rev. Ted Na Thalang, the chairman of the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC), and other TCLC leadership committee members when they hosted two special guests.  As the TCLC leadership committee secretary, the LHMT director gives some of her time in helping the TCLC.  Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, president of the Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC), and Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, head of Mission and Social Ministry for the LCC were in Bangkok for two days of meetings to build a closer working relationship between TCLC and LCC.  Rev. Dr. Leonard Harms, retired mission chairman for the LCC, also was able to be in Bangkok for these meetings.

LCC has been involved in supporting some ministry programs with TCLC pastors in southern Thailand for a number of years.  Both church bodies hope to be able to continue working together in proclaiming the Gospel to Thai people in Phang Nga Province and some surrounding areas.

The LHMT staff were able to join the meetings for the two morning devotions and a presentation by President Bugbee about what it means to be a true Lutheran.

Everyone who attended the meetings enjoyed getting to know each other personally and better understanding how the TCLC and the LCC can communicate and partner in ministry more effectively.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide these church leaders as they look for the best ways to join hands in reaching out to unbelievers in southern Thailand.

 

Connecting with a Donor

While we conducted the Equipping the Saints (ETS) training in Muang District in Chiang Rai on November 22, 2014, we learned that one church that has been supporting LHMT for many years was located 30-40 minutes away in a nearby district.  The ETS coordinator, Miss Sumitra, telephoned to Pastor Kosone Yongsuntornroong and arranged for us to visit Pasuke Church and to meet some of the church members.

Pastor Kosone and the church elders encourage their church members to donate to our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry.  The pastor and elders collect their donations and send the money to our ministry center in Bangkok.  Whenever we receive their donations we are encouraged to see the list of names of the members.

When we arrived at the church after dark, some of the donors were waiting to meet us.  Because it was the first time for us to visit the church, the LHMT director introduced the team to the church members and explained in more detail about our ministry programs.  We gave them some ministry materials, including Bible Correspondence Course booklets and music VCDs and animations, that we hope they will be able to use with their church ministry activities.

During our meeting that evening we learned that a 6.3 magnitude earthquake had hit that area on May 5, 2014.  The Pasuke Church building was destroyed.  The pastor and church members are determined to rebuild their church on that site.  They are in the process of raising money to pay for the materials and construction work.

Our LHMT team will be praying for their rebuilding program and we look forward to strengthening our relationships and working with them again in the future.  Please remember them in your prayers.

New Connection for Sharing the Gospel

Mr. Prawit Chularangsi, the speaker of "The Cheerful Life'

LHMT radio speaker recording a Christian radio program

On July 22, 2014 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) received an email from Mr. Natchapat Prasing.  Mr. Natchapat is a representative from the Buengkan Province Branch of Taihua Rubber Company.

Recently speakers were installed throughout Taihua’s Buengkan factory, so that Mr. Natchapat could play music for the workers during their lunch break and share good news about God with them.  Mr. Natchapat knew that LHMT produces Christian radio programs, so he sent the email to request copies of all of our radio programs.  Mr. Natchapat wants to use the LHMT radio programs as a way of sharing the good news about God every day with all 300 workers in his factory.

The LHMT director and staff were very happy to receive this request and immediately sent copies of the radio programs to Mr. Natchapat.  We thank God that our radio programs are being used in this way.  We pray that the Holy Spirit will open the minds and soften the hearts of the workers in the factory and bring them to faith in Jesus.

LHMT Director Attends Convention in Canada

LHMT director with Dr. Bruce, his wife Mj and other country directors

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director attended the biannual convention in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada from July 25-29, 2012.  During the convention the director set up an information booth, where she was able to meet many LHMT friends and supporters from the United States and Canada. 

Since LHMT has received special support from the Indiana District for a number of years, the director had a chance to share an overview with the Indiana representatives about the LHMT ministries during a morning breakfast. 

Rose entertaining the convention participants

The LHMT director arranged for one of Thailand’s famous pop singers, Rose Sirintip Hanpradit, to travel to the convention and present a mini-concert during a luncheon for more than 400 convention attendees.  After the luncheon the director received many very positive comments about Rose’s performance and the wonderful impression that she made on all who heard her.

From the feedback that the director received during and after the convention, everyone was very pleased about the ministries of LHMT and the image of Thailand and the Thai people that they saw through the information booth, Rose’s performance and their personal interactions with convention attendees.

The LHMT director also was able to attend two workshops.  She attended “Exciting and Experiencing Outreach Teams” and “Who me?” and will adapt the information to the LHMT ministry in Thailand. 

The convention was a good opportunity to inform many people about the culture of Thailand and the work that LHMT is doing here.  It was very helpful to be able to personally reconnect with so many friends and supporters from the Indiana District and to know that they will continue to partner with LHMT and pray for our ministry in Thailand.

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