Area: 513,115 sq km
A fertile and well-watered land bordering on Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.
Population: 68,139,238 Annual Growth: 0.66%
Official language: Thai Languages: 85 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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The tribal peoples, largely marginalized, are responding in significant numbers. This follows years of hard work by Baptists and WEC among the Karen, and by OMF among eight tribes in the north. The younger work of NTM in 12 tribes around the country is seeing results in tribal churches planted. Many workers are needed to win and disciple tribal peoples. Pray for:
a) The multiplying but scattered congregations among the northern Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Karen peoples. Nominalism is a real problem in many churches. The Buddhist Shan and Taoist/animist Yao are less responsive.
b) The Kui, Khmu and Khmer peoples in the east who are unreached. CMA works in the area, but the number of workers is insufficient. The Khmer and Khmu are proving highly responsive to the work of CMA and the Mennonites.
c) The Golden Triangle. Opium poppies are a lucrative cash crop for most of the northern tribes. Cultivation is an acute temptation for Christians and a formidable barrier to repentance for non-believers. The narcotics trade breeds insecurity and violence. Pray for believers and missionaries in sensitive areas.
d) Training for tribal Christians. The ministry of Chang Rai Bible Seminary (founded by AOI), and several other Bible schools, has yielded native-planted churches among many ethnic minorities, not just in Thailand but also throughout the region.
Chinese-Thai Christians are a significant minority in the Church, especially at the leadership level. The dynamism and financial clout of this community, if fully activated, could be a significant force for evangelization. As it stands, it is often deeply embedded in many of the structures of sin prostitution, gambling and drugs. The Chinese-Thai community has in the last few generations increasingly intermingled and assimilated into wider Thai culture. Pray for more Chinese-Thai Christians to be called into serving in and supporting full-time ministry.
For an additional 10 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Thailand.