Thai, Central in France


Population
10,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Centuries ago the Central 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 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. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.

The Central Thai are unusually polite, respectful, and hospitable people. Age is highly respected in Central 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 France where there is much gender equality.


Where Are they Located?

Most Thai people live in urban centers like Paris.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Thai are seldom in France as political refugees, so they are expected to work for a certain amount of time, and then promptly return to Thailand. According to some of their Lao neighbors, Thai people sometimes remain in Paris and evade French immigration officials. There are a small number of Thai dissidents who live in France after showing defiance to the government and the Thai king.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Thai people, even those in Paris, support the Buddhist religion without question. To be Thai is to be Buddhist, even for those who live outside the country.

"Mai ben rai" is often heard on the lips of Central Thai Buddhists. Roughly translated it means "That's not an issue." The phrase expresses a deeply held Thai belief that things are not worth getting agitated over because that would cause one to leave the "middle path" of calmness as taught in Buddhism. "Mai ben rai" is used every day to excuse a friend's tardiness, cover up a hurt feeling, or to display a lack of interest in discovering spiritual truth.


What Are Their Needs?

France is a socially cold environment for outsiders. Thai Buddhists need friends who will tell them about Christ. There are believers from OMF International who are reaching the Thai diaspora in Europe through friendship evangelism.


Prayer Points

* Pray God would awaken the hearts of Central Thai Buddhists to embrace the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
* Ask for a significant turning of entire Thai families in France to Jesus.
* Pray that strong churches will grow in every location where Central Thai Buddhists live.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among Thai people in France.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/FR
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Buddhist-Thai-People-in-Paris/
http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/5082
https://sokheounpang.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/the-role-of-the-thai-prostitution-and-the-thai-king-in-economic-development/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_people
https://omf.org/ca/product/omf-international-diaspora-ministries-field-thai-diaspora-ministry-p86006/
http://www.france24.com/en/20150220-thailand-parliament-bans-surrogacy-foreigners-gammy


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thai, Central
People Name in Country Thai, Central
Population in France 10,000
World Population 20,204,700
Total Countries 25
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai, Central Tai, Khon Tai, Lao Song, Siamese, Siamese Thai, Tai Noi, Thai Khom, Thai Klang, Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country France
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Thai (10,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tha   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Thai (10,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1834-1967)
New Testament Yes   (1843-1977)
Complete Bible Yes   (1883-2011)
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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 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video GodMan in Thai (Indigitube.tv)
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 Thai Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
99.70 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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