Thai, Central of Thailand Thailand, which literally means "land of the free," is one of the most cohesive and integrated societies in Southeast Asia. The Thai people have a reputation for being easy-going, courteous, and hospitable. Wet-rice agriculture dominates the Thai economy, with about 50% of Thailandís population living in rural agricultural communities. Buddhism is a central and unifying force in Thai society. The Thai regularly make merit by giving gifts to the temple, attending festivals, and having their sons ordained. In Thailand, Buddhism is a syncretic religion: it incorporates a mixture of pre-Buddhist Hindu beliefs and practices, interwoven with animism and Theravada Buddhist philosophy and rituals. Signs of the religious tradition are everywhere in Bangkok and throughout the country.
Ministry Obstacles Buddhism and Hinduism present a very different worldview than does the Christian Bible. To change one's worldview is very difficult.
Outreach Ideas Much prayer is needed for the Thai people, that the Lord will increasingly give them understanding of who he is and how they can establish a relationship with him. Understanding is needed, and faith is needed. Pray for prayer warriors to uphold the Thai before God's throne.
Pray for the followers of Christ Please pray for the Thai who presently know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray they will clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, and live holy lives.
Pray for the entire people group Pray for peace in Thailand, and also for a growing awareness by the Buddhist Thai of their need for a Savior from sin.
Scripture Focus "Now to Him who is able to do exceedlingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21