Live Radio Programs on Facebook

Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand – Journey Into Light (LHMT) is experimenting with a new way to do outreach.  About 2 weeks ago we started to broadcast 3 live radio programs on Facebook.  The programs are Because You are loved; Encouragement for You and  Relieve Your Worries.

The programs are aired after 1:00 p.m. each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Each program is 25-30 minutes long and contains very helpful information for people to have a happy life and to learn something about God’s love.  During the first weeks of using this format for our radio programs, our staff has been happy with how well it has worked and the responses that we have received from listeners.

Activity for Remembrance of King Rama IX of Thailand

On October 13, 2016 the king of Thailand passed away after reigning for 70 years. During the weeks of mourning that followed the death of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyudej Rama IX, more than 30,000 Thai people visited the Grand Palace each day to pay their respects to the king.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT), the Christian organization through which Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) is registered with the Thai government, provided lunch packs and bottles of drinking water to 3,000 people who gathered there on November 24, 2016.  LHMT was happy to provide four staff members to assist the EFT with this activity.

LHM Thailand Team Participates in Memorial Service

On November 12, 2016 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff were invited to participate in a memorial service for Mrs. Staporn Gernand, the mother of Rev. Ted Na Thalang, the Chairman of the Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church and Asia representative for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.  Mrs. Gernand also was the mother-in-law of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Asia Regional Director, Mrs. Gunya Na Thalang.  The service was conducted in the town of Takuapa in Phang Nga Province in Southern Thailand.

One of the LHMT studio technicians led the music for the memorial service and the other staff sang and distributed Christian materials to the more than 500 people who attended.  The materials included a Thai translation of the Lutheran Hour booklet, “Why Do Bad Things Happen?”  Since more than 90% of the people who joined the Christian service were Buddhists, this was a unique opportunity for them to hear the Gospel and to receive Christian materials.

Dr. Douglas Rutt, Director of International Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries, gave a message of encouragement to Mrs. Gernand’s family and friends.  Rose Sirintip Hanpradit, who recorded a Christian music album with LHMT before becoming a well-known pop singer in Thailand, sang “Take Your Wounded Heart to the Cross” and “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow.”

We pray for God’s comfort for the family and that the Holy Spirit will use the Gospel messages and materials to help many people come to know who Jesus is and what He has done for them.

LHMT Staff Helps Lead Christian Camp

Kanda with her student

Kanda with her student

Ms. Kanda Teabruttana, the boostore officer for Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT), was one of the leaders at a Christian youth camp for girls on October 15-17, 2014.  More than 200 girls from all across Thailand, some Christian and some unbelievers, attended the camp.

In addition to being able to tell some of the girls about the LHMT ministry programs and Bible Correspondence Course, Kanda had a chance to spend more time with a few girls.  After sharing her faith and praying with three girls, they said that they wanted to believe in Jesus.  To help them continue learning about Jesus and the basic Christian teachings, Kanda connected them with the LHMT audience relations department to do follow-up.

Three English Students Attend Worship

Volunteer team and participants in the Fun with English program

Volunteer team and participants in the Fun with English program

From July 12-21, 2013 a volunteer team from St. John Lutheran Church in Covina, California was helping Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) with two ministry programs.  The team spent 3 days teaching English in a government elementary school and conducted the Fun with English program for 3 days.

During the Fun with English program the team did many fun activities and small group conversations to help the participants practice and improve their English proficiency.  Whenever possible each of the team members shared their faith in Jesus with the Thai people who attended the program.

Jar, Ben and Pop with cards from the Sunday School students

Jar, Ben and Pop with cards from the Sunday School students

Three of the people who attended were Ben, Jar and Pop, young women who have been students in the English program at Into Light Center, which is operated by Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok.  During their English classes Ben, Jar and Pop learned many things about Jesus and Christianity.  When they had the opportunity to join the Fun with English program, they were very happy to meet the volunteer team and to have another chance to practice English.

Ben is a young Christian.  She has shared many things about Christianity with Jar and Pop.  Sometimes they had questions that Ben was unable to answer.  When they joined the Fun with English program, they enjoyed meeting the friendly, loving people who were there.  During conversation times and even outside the program time, Ben, Jar and Pop asked many questions of the team members.  The team members encouraged them to attend church, so that they could experience worship and learn more about the Bible and Jesus.

On August 25 Ben, Jar and Pop attended worship at Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church for the first time.  They enjoyed the music and were impressed with the loving, family atmosphere.  They returned on September 1 and 8 and are planning to attend worship again.

We thank God for using the English program and the Fun with English program to teach Ben, Jar and Pop about Jesus and as a connection with the church.  We pray that these young women will continue to attend the English classes and to worship at Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church often.  May the Holy Spirit open their minds to clearly know and understand who Jesus is and what he has done for them.

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Sharing God’s Love with Our Neighbors

Mother's Day Activities16In Thailand August 12 is a special holiday. In addition to being Queen Sirikit’s birthday, it’s also Mother’s Day. Each year on August 12 Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) honors Queen Sirikit and all Thai mothers by conducting special activities on the sidewalk in front of the LHMT building. It’s a good day to show support for the value of family, to say thank-you to mothers and to celebrate with our neighbors.

From 7:30 am – 8:30 am and 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on August 7-9, 2013 some of our LHMT staff set up a sound system and table and invited neighbors and people passing by to receive prizes by participating in some simple activities. Each person also received a jasmine flower pin as a gift from LHMT that they could give to their mothers. By the end of the three days more than 200 people had stopped, talked with our staff, enjoyed the activities and given us their personal contact information. This is a good way for us to meet our neighbors and people who work in this area. This gives us a chance to build relationships and to let them know about our ministry. We are now making follow-up contacts with each of them.

That’s how we became good friends with Pairat Sriborom, the woman who works in the food shop next to our building. Khun Gae, as her friends call her, moved to Bangkok from Surin Province about five years ago with her husband, son and daughter and began selling food next door. Sometimes members of our LHMT team eat lunch in her shop. As Khun Gae has observed our ministry and the lives of our staff, she has become impressed by how we care about the people in our neighborhood.

Khun Gae, her son and her mother in front of LHMT Building

Khun Gae, her son and her mother in front of LHMT Building

Khun Gae told us that it really touched her heart when she saw how we did several special projects to provide relief packs for thousands of victims of the Thailand floods in 2011. She was surprised that we would work so hard to help others, while we also were victims of the floods.

When we did special activities in front of our building on different Thai holidays, Khun Gae liked the way that we did fun things and gave small gifts to people in our neighborhood.

One day Khun Gae told us that she wanted to join us on the next Thai holiday. She offered to donate free meals at her food shop as prizes to five people who participated in the activities in front of our building. Since that time Khun Gae has donated meals every holiday and some other food shops nearby have also followed her example by offering free meals and other prizes for us to give away.

We thank God that we have been able to build a close relationship with Khun Gae. Even though she is a Buddhist, she feels connected to our ministry. During Mother’s Day this year Khun Gae was very busy and didn’t have much time to buy a gift for her mother. We took that opportunity to give her a special jasmine flower lei that she could give to her mother.

Khun Gae says that she can see very clearly how much our LHMT team loves God and how we enjoy sharing God’s love with other people. We thank God for that and we pray that soon Khun Gae will also be able to see how much God loves her. Please pray for Khun Gae and her family.

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Eager to Share What He Has Learned

Mr. Losa Sangli (center laughing) enjoying a group discussion during the ETS training

Mr. Losa Sangli (center laughing) enjoying a group discussion during the ETS training

Mr. Losa Sangli is a young adult who is a member of the Foursquare Church.  He attended the Equipping The Saints (ETS) training that Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) conducted on May 18.  After attending the training, Mr. Losa chatted with us on our LHMT Facebook page, letting us know how thankful he was that he could attend the training.  Mr. Losa said that he really was blessed by the way the LHMT shared the Good News about Jesus.

After the ETS training Mr. Losa was eager to use the techniques that he had learned to share his faith with the people around him.  On May 22 he prayed that God would use him as a tool to witness to others about Jesus. When Mr. Losa shared the things that he had learned at the ETS training with friends at school, he could tell that God was using him.  He could see the Holy Spirit working through him.  The people he talked to were very open to listening to him, like his friend, Mr. Anupong Meenakraksa.

Mr. Losa is very thankful for the ideas that he learned in the ETS training and he’s excited to see how God can use him in the future.  He asked us to keep his friends in our prayers and asked us to send him some Christian booklets and tracts that he can give to people.  We are very happy to share with him the materials that we have.

We thank God for Mr. Losa’s desire to share his faith and we pray that many people, especially Mr. Anupong Meenakraksa will come to know Jesus through his witness.