Faithful LHM Thailand Donors Visit Ministry Center

Our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff thank God for the many people who pray for us and for the international and local donors who support our ministry with their financial gifts.  These ministry partners are crucial to the success of our ministry in Thailand.  Although they take a personal interest in the Gospel work that we do, we often don’t get to know these supporters.  But, we always are happy when we receive a personal contact from any of them and it is especially exciting when we are able to meet them personally.

Two sisters who have been supporting LHMT for many years recently came to visit our director and staff in our ministry center on January 26, 2017.  They wanted to bring their donation in person and to meet us.  After enjoying a time of talking together, one of the sisters asked for prayer because she wasn’t feeling well.  We thank God that we were able to meet these sisters who have been supporting our ministry and to support them with our prayers.

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Special Guests Visit the LHM Thailand Ministry Center

Three junior high school boys from Bangkok Christian School came to visit our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry center recently.  One of the boys is a member of the same church as one of our LHMT studio technicians.

The boys are very interested in technology and enjoy music.  Because they were curious about how a recording studio operated. they wanted to see a studio in action.  When they learned that we have two recording studios in our ministry center, they decided to take a look.

We enjoyed meeting the boys and our studio technician had a good time demonstrating for them how he produces the Christian music recordings and radio programs.  We hope that the boys were happy with their time at our ministry center and we pray that God will bless them in their studies.

Special Visitors Arrive in Thailand

LHMT staff and the director's husband greeting the visitors upon arrival at the Bangkok airport.

LHMT staff and the director’s husband greeting the visitors upon arrival at the Bangkok airport.

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were happy to host some special guests recently.  Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of International Ministries from the Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, his wife, Deborah, and Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, Asia Regional Director for LHM came to Bangkok on November 4, 2015, for some planning meetings.

This was a good opportunity for Dr. Rutt, Mrs. Gunya and the LHMT director to discuss the long term plan for Thailand and the ministry needs and challenges that LHMT is facing.  In addition to the meetings the visitors were able to learn more about Thai culture and society through some culture activities.

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, the visitors and LHMT director flew to Jakarta, Indonesia, where this year’s Asia regional workshop will be held from November 8-13, 2015.  The LHM country directors from throughout the Asia region will be meeting together during that week to do some planning and in-service activities.

Please pray for the LHM Asia team, as they pray and worship together, encourage one another and receive their in-service training.

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LHMT Hosts Visitors from Arizona

Visitors14The Garuna Foundation is a Christian organization in the United States that has been supporting a variety of ministry projects in Thailand for a number of years.  The chairman is Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Ehlers, a former Thailand missionary from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Almost every year Dr. Jeff brings a team of visitors to Thailand to learn about the culture and to observe the ministries of several different Christian organizations.  He and his wife, Cheryl, came to visit Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) with a group of 11 people on June 10, 2015.  Most of the group members were teachers from Christ Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

From 10:00 a.m. until noon the group toured our ministry center in Bangkok.  They met our LHMT director and staff, watched a video presentation about our ministry activities and had a chance to ask many questions.  Two of their big questions were how our LHMT team members became Christians and how Buddhism is different from Christianity.

It was a pleasure for us to meet the Arizona group and we enjoyed welcoming them into our ministry center and sharing our ministry with them.  We always are happy to host visitors and look forward to meeting other teams in the future.

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LHM Leaders Visit Thailand Ministry Center

LHMT team in light blue, Dr. Rutt (left rear), Mr. Kurt (center rear), Mrs. Gunya (right front)

LHMT team in light blue, Dr. Rutt (left rear), Mr. Kurt (center rear), Mrs. Gunya (right front)

After visiting the ministry centers in Vietnam and Myanmar, Mr. Kurt Buchholz, President and CEO of Lutheran Hour Ministries, Rev. Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of International Ministries and Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang, Asia Regional Director, arrived in Bangkok on Friday morning, June 5, 2015.  The director and staff of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) were at the airport to greet these special guests and to welcome them to Thailand.

After checking into their hotel the leaders had lunch at the ministry center with the LHMT team and then spent the afternoon touring the building, viewing a ministry presentation and getting to know the LHMT staff.  The local team was able to interact personally with the leaders and learn more about them.

From 10:00 am until noon on Saturday, June 6, the LHM leaders met with four of the Advocacy Board members and four LHMT radio speakers.  They spent some time introducing themselves to each other and then the LHM leaders shared an overview of LHM work around the world and some of the challenges LHM faces in each country.  Mr. Kurt, Dr. Rutt and Mrs. Gunya expressed their appreciation for the work of the LHMT staff, the radio speakers and board members in support of the ministry in Thailand.  After the meeting everyone enjoyed having lunch together.

Then the LHM leaders and LHMT team went into central Bangkok to observe the LHMT live radio broadcast from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm.  The leaders were able to see how the Home for Love program is being used to share the Gospel with Thai people in 14 provinces surrounding Bangkok.

In the evening the LHM leaders and LHMT team had a special invitation to attend the wedding reception of the daughter of one of the LHMT Advocacy Board members.  This was a good opportunity for the leaders to experience another part of Thai culture.

On Sunday morning the leaders from St. Louis attended worship at Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok.  Dr. Rutt gave a wonderful sermon, which the church members appreciated very much.   At the end of the worship Mr. Kurt gave greetings to the church members.  Everyone had a good time eating lunch together at the church.

The last event on the schedule for the LHM leaders and LHMT director was attending dinner and a unique culture show at Siam Niramit.  The delicious food and excellent production provided a great ending for the weekend activities.

With just a few hours of sleep, the LHMT director and Mrs. Gunya accompanied Mr. Kurt and Dr. Rutt from the hotel to the airport at 3:30 am, where all of the LHMT staff were waiting to say goodbye.  We really enjoyed meeting Mr. Kurt and seeing Dr. Rutt and Mrs. Gunya again.  We appreciate their visit, their encouragement and support and we pray that God will give them a safe trip home and continue to bless them in their ministries.

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Visit from Longtime Lutheran Hour Ministries Supporters

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LHMT director (C) with Vernon and Marvel Nelson. Also pictured are Ted Na Thalang, Chairman of TCLC (L) and the director’s husband, LCMS missionary Dennis Denow

A group of visitors from the United States came to visit our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) ministry center on November 10, 2014.  Led by former Lutheran missionary to Thailand and director of the Garuna Foundation, Rev. Jeff Ehlers, the group of 11 people was learning about ministry in Thailand and Cambodia.

During their time at our ministry center the group saw a video presentation that introduced them to all the areas of our ministry in Thailand, had a tour of our facilities and did some shopping in our Christian bookstore.

 

One of the couples, Vernon and Marvel Nelson from Holdrege, Nebraska, have been supporting Lutheran Hour Ministries for many years.  The LHMT director met them at the Lutheran Hour Ministries convention in Saskatoon, Canada in 2012.  Vernon said to the director, “When we met you in Canada I never imagined that we’d have the chance to come to Thailand to see your ministry.  We’re very excited to be here!”

They were especially interested in our programs and the materials that we have developed for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Thailand.  Our LHMT team was very happy to be able to meet them and to give them the opportunity to see in more detail the work that they have been supporting.

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Preparing for Online Mission Trip to Thailand

Troy Teuscher (L) and Jeremy Mehrle visited LHM Thailand office in August

Two videographers from the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis just completed a two-week visit to Thailand.  Troy Teuscher and Jeremy Mehrle took many hours of videotape documenting the sights and sounds of Bangkok and southern Thailand.  They highlighted some of the ministry activities of Journey Into Light, the local name for Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT), and many unique aspects of Thai culture and society.

Selected portions of Troy’s and Jeremy’s video footage will be used during the Online Mission Trip to Thailand, which is designed for Lutheran school children in the United States and Canada.  The Online Mission Trip is an interactive program that gives the students an opportunity to learn about Thailand and the ministry that LHMT is doing here.  In addition to the video clips, the students will see live presentations by the LHMT director and staff.  During the program the students will be able to ask questions for the LHMT director to answer about Thailand and their ministry activities.  The Online Mission Trip to Thailand is scheduled for January 28-31, 2013.  If your school is interested in participating in this program, please go to http://www.lhm.org/ where you can find more information about the program and directions for registering. 

During their time in Thailand Troy and Jeremy enjoyed seeing some of Thailand’s beautiful beaches and rural areas, visiting schools and churches, documenting a typical day in the life of some Thai children, experiencing local markets and shopping malls, sitting in Bangkok traffic, eating some delicious Thai food and discovering many fruits they had never seen before.

We thank Troy and Jeremy for their hard work here and we hope that many Lutheran schools in the United States and Canada will join us for the Online Mission Trip to Thailand.

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