Since the military took control of the Thai government in a coup in May, restrictions have been placed on public communication. The military wanted to evaluate every station to be sure that the stations were meeting all of the standards regarding their licenses, equipment and programming, so all community radio stations that have permission to broadcast programs free of charge were closed. After being carefully checked, many stations have been allowed to reopen and to begin broadcasting again.
Immanuel Radio, a community radio station owned and operated by a member of Hua Hin Church, has not yet been cleared to resume broadcasting. This station is one of 40 that partner with Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT), and it regularly airs the LHMT program “Because You Are Loved.”
With the station off the air, it was a challenge to advertise a special event that was to be held at the Hua Hin Church on Saturday, July 26. LHMT’s director, radio speaker Mr. Chumpol Khumpanyam and staff had planned to travel to Hua Hin to conduct a Listener Gathering on that day—and of course they wanted to invite all Immanuel Radio listeners to attend.
The Listener Gathering went on as planned—and in spite of not being able to advertise through the radio programs, nearly 40 people were on site when the special games, songs and other fun activities began at 10:00 a.m.!
Although they were scheduled to end at noon, the gathering’s activities actually continued until 1:00 p.m. Everyone enjoyed the games and the opportunity to meet the LHMT radio speaker, director and staff. An excellent message was shared by Adul Manoros, a pastor of Hua Hin Church. The main point of his message was, “Because you are loved by God, you can receive forgiveness through Jesus.” It was a great day to build relationships!
We thank God for our safe travel, for the opportunity to interact personally with the listeners and for the chance to encourage the church members and radio station owner. We pray that Immanuel Radio will receive approval to reopen and begin proclaiming the Gospel again soon.
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