The Lutheran Hour Ministries—Thailand ministry center is located in a bustling Bangkok neighborhood along with a number of offices, clinics, shops, and a large department store. There is always someone walking by, and on many days, the same people will walk by several times; the busiest periods seem to be from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. and noon to 1:00 p.m. This past December, the ministry center staff seized this opportunity for outreach from their own doorstep.
After decorating their entryway with colorful banners, garlands, and Christmas tree ornaments, staff members spent December 19th through the 25th out on the sidewalk, welcoming their neighbors and passersby with Christian music, small gifts and opportunities to win prizes. Many people stopped simply to read the messages on the banners; others—more than 200!—freely provided their contact information for a chance to win a door prize.
Thailand Director Mrs. Boom Denow says, “The main reasons for doing this activity were to let our neighbors know that we are Christians, to begin building more relationships with neighbors and people who come to work in this area every day, and to share the Christmas story.
“When some of the businesses around us saw what we were doing and learned that part of the joy of Christmas is giving to others, an unexpected thing happened,” says Boom: “the owners of six food shops donated a total of 25 free meals to be given as prizes. And they offered to donate meals every time we do this type of activity!”
You don’t have to travel far (especially in a busy city!) to share Gospel joy with somebody else—and often that joy is contagious.
“We thank God for the success of this activity,” says Boom, “and we pray that He’ll bless us with closer relationships with the people in our community—and more opportunities to share the Good News about Jesus with them.”
Would you like to be a part of Lutheran Hour Ministries—Thailand’s exciting witness to a country where 99 percent of the people don’t know the love of Jesus Christ? Find out more about partnership opportunities at www.lhm.org/partner.