Thailand – ” # 1 in the world”
I recently read a surprising article in the Bangkok Post called “In the Lead” which ranked Thailand #1 in the world in various categories (both positive and negative): 1)coup d’états; 2)largest rubber producer; 3)Bangkok is the most visited city in the world – 21.5 million/year; 4)most adulterous country with 51% admitting to having an affair; 5)2nd worst traffic congestion (Mexico City is #1); 6)highest number of pick-up trucks/capita; 7)highest consumer of energy drinks/capita; 8)city with most Facebook users – 30 million (millions register in Bangkok who don’t actually live there). One statistic that is not listed concerns the national religion of Thailand – Buddhism. Thailand is the largest Theravada Buddhist nation on earth population wise (although Cambodia has a higher percentage of adherants -96.90% … while Thailand’s comes in 2nd at 93.20%).
It is not surprising then that the 18 million Isaan people of Thailand are ranked within the top 50 unreached people groups in the world (ie. those with populations of over 10 million). Protestant missionaries have labored in Thailand for 184 years, yet Christians are still at only .7% of the population. The remnant of believers in Thailand may be quite small, but the Thai people and all unreached people groups rank high on God’s agenda, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9