Centuries ago the Thai people lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.
The Thai are unusually polite, respectful, and hospitable people. Age is highly respected in Thai society. Type of occupation, wealth, and place and type of residence 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 Belgium where there is much gender equality.
Most Thai people in Belgium live in urban centers and near university campuses.
Many of the Thai people in Belgium are college students. Once there, they seldom have much social contact with the larger society. Others are women who marry Belgian men. These are usually marriages of convenience. A typical Thai person who lives in Belgium, not surprisingly, is a young woman.
Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Gautama Buddha and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and attending worship services. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and it maintains social control. This situation diminishes for Thai people living in western countries like Belgium.
Believers can reach out to students from Thailand by opening their homes to them and giving them a "home away from home." In this informal, relaxed atmosphere, they can share the deeds of Jesus Christ with Thai Buddhists.
* Scripture Prayers for the Thai in Belgium.
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Thai people in Europe.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Thai people in Belgium teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Thai families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Thai family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-04-30|
|People Name General||Thai|
|People Name in Country||Thai|
|Population this Country||3,500|
|Population all Countries||22,134,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song|
Primary Language: Thai
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1843-1977)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Come to Me|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Thai|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Biblica Thai|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Holy Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Thai Standard Version Revision|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|