The Central Thai are unusually polite, respectful and hospitable people. Age is highly respected in their society. Type of occupation and wealth follow age in terms of respect and rank. The Central Thai are distinguished by a near absence of labor division by gender, which helps them fit in when living in places like France where there is much gender equality.
"Mai ben rai" is often heard on the lips of Central Thai Buddhists. Roughly translated it means, "That's not an issue." The phrase expresses a deeply held Thai belief that things are not worth getting agitated over because that would cause one to leave the "middle path" of calmness as taught in Buddhism. This attitude also keeps them from giving serious thought to the claims of Christ.
France is a socially cold environment for outsiders, but God is moving there among the Thai. There are believers from OMF International who are reaching the Thai diaspora in Europe through friendship evangelism which can lead to Bible studies and Disciple Making Movements.
"And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one." Zechariah 14:9
Pray that this people group would learn to worship the Lord and king of all the earth.
Pray for spiritual openness and a desire for true holiness among the Thai people in France. Pray that strong churches would grow in every location where Central Thai Buddhists live. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to flourish among Thai people in France.
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|