Thailand’s radiance encompasses both its scenery and its people. When you meet a Thai person, he or she will likely greet you with a smile. If you tell them you’re a missionary, the response is still enthusiastic: “That is great! We need more religion, for every religion teaches us to be good!” However, following Christ is not truly perceived as a viable option for a Thai person.
In Thailand, the path to a “good” life usually involves a complex web of spirit appeasement, occult practices and Buddhism, which is closely interwoven with social culture. A popular saying in Thailand is: “To be Thai is to be Buddhist.”
A search for life’s purpose will seldom drive a Thai person to Christ, as only 1.3 percent of the population professes faith in Jesus, and most people have never heard the gospel or knowingly met a Christian.
And yet, God has desires and plans for Thailand. He has sent his Son so that the Thai people could know a radiance that goes deeper than smiles or sunsets. God offers them eternal hope and the brilliance of life through his Spirit.
God has already begun his work in Thailand, and we have countless stories to share about it. Follow OMF (U.S.) this month on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or this blog to learn more about Thailand and share stories with your friends. Together, we can see God’s kingdom come among the Thai people.
The verse inspiring our prayers for Thailand:
Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. –Nehemiah 9:5b-6
15-second prayer: God, glorify your name in Thailand. May the Thai people come to know you and worship you alone. Show them that you, the Creator of the highest heavens and the starry hosts, care for them deeply. Give the people of Thailand life through your Son. Amen.
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