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Missionary Spotlight – Restored by jungle conference
April 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Restored by jungle conference

Restored by jungle conference   Three Scottish ministers and a Dutch pastor visited the North Thailand jungle in January to minister to Karen pastors. They were accompanied by Harvey Gutter, a civil engineer from Holland, who videoed the event for a film in support of the Karen.   The jungle north-west of Chiang Mai city is home to thousands of Thai-Karen families whose ancestors were displaced from the city as refugees several decades ago. Most of the Karen profess Christianity and there are three or four hundred congregations in the jungle, with an average size of about 200 people each.      However, as they are...

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Missionary Spotlight – The gospel in Thailand
March 2003
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Missionary Spotlight – The gospel in Thailand

Missionary pioneers first entered Thailand in the nineteenth century, during the reign of King NangKlao (1824-1851), the third king of the Chakri Monarchy. They came from Germany and England (1828) and from North America (1834).   King MongKut (1851-1868) also welcomed missionaries and learned English from them. The earliest missionaries were able to teach the gospel both to Thailand’s ordinary citizens and to its royal family. Uphill struggle   However, King MongKut, who had previously spent 27 years as a Buddhist monk, said to them: ‘What you teach us to do is admirable, but what you teach us to believe is foolish’. This response seems...

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Missionary Spotlight – Open doors in Thailand
March 2003
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Missionary Spotlight – Open doors in Thailand

To be Thai is to be Buddhist. Most social activities, including building houses, celebrating annual festivals and attending funerals, are tied up with Brahministic/animistic ceremonies.   Buddhism receives ‘donations’ for its temples which are automatically docked from the wages of civil servants. Buddhist schoolchildren and students are expected to bow to Buddha as they enter school or college each day. So how do people become Christians in Buddhist Thailand? Bible text   Paitoon, a mango farmer, was admitted to Manorom Christian Hospital with tetanic convulsions. On opening his eyes for the first time after weeks on a respirator, he saw the Bible text: ‘Come to...

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March 2003
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Missionary Spotlight – Fact File

Kingdom of Thailand (formerly Siam)     Area : 198,115 square miles.   Neighbours : Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.   Environment : Thailand has a moist, tropical climate. Mountain ranges run from north to south, while the barren Khorat Plateau lies to the east, bordered by the Mekong River.There is a central alluvial plain of rich agricultural land, which is densely populated.   Population : 62.3 million.   Life expectancy : 69 years. AIDS is increasing rapidly due to an extensive ‘sex industry’.   Capital and seaport : Bangkok (10 million).   Other cities : Chiengmei (1 million); Khorat (235,000).   Urbanisation :...

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Missionary Spotlight – Thailand’s tribal people
March 2003
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Missionary Spotlight – Thailand’s tribal people

Tribal groups in Thailand have their own distinct language and culture, and many have their own unique religious system. Nearly all are said to have come from China and other areas north of Thailand in mass migrations over several thousand years.   Today, most are found in remote, mountainous areas in the north of the kingdom. Among southern tribes, the ‘sea gypsies’ live along the seashore of Thai southern islands, and the Negrito Sakai live on the Thai Malaysian border. Understanding   While the gospel has had some success among these minority groups, much remains to be done. The gospel has often been presented from...

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Missionary Spotlight – Tribal evangelism in Thailand
March 2003
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Missionary Spotlight – Tribal evangelism in Thailand

Thailand’s population is nearly 64 million — similar to UK but in an area twice its size.   The majority are Thai; but there are also over 30 ethnic tribal groups, varying in size from a few hundred (such as the Yellow Leaf) to almost half a million (the Pwo Karen). Some tribes have been assimilated into the majority population, but others maintain their particular identities in language, customs and beliefs. Animism   The tribal groups are animistic, constantly making offerings to the myriad spirits believed to inhabit the village, houses, trees, paths, mountains etc. Animistic ceremonies must also be carried out on behalf of...

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Missionary Spotlight – Advances in Thailand
March 2002
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Missionary Spotlight – Advances in Thailand

It has been nearly two years since Maran-atha Bible Presbyterian Church in Singapore sent out its first missionary couple.   Robert and Dara Peh (with their two young children, Evangel and Evangeline), both graduates of the Far Eastern College, Singapore, are labouring diligently in Thailand. Thailand is a country of more than 60 million people of whom only a few are Christians. Although it is a Buddhist nation, it does allow freedom of religion, so that missionaries are free to preach the gospel to its many indigenous tribes-people, including those inhabiting its mountainous regions. The Pehs work among the Red Lahu, the tribe from which...

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