Isan, Northeastern Thai of Thailand Wet-rice agriculture dominates the Thai economy, with about half of Thailand's population living in rural agricultural communities. Buddhism is a central and unifying force in Thai society. The Thai regularly make merit by giving gifts to the temple, attending festivals, and having their sons ordained. In Thailand, Buddhism is a syncretic religion: it incorporates a mixture of pre-Buddhist Hindu beliefs and practices, interwoven with animism and Theravada Buddhist philosophy and rituals.
Ministry Obstacles Buddhism provides a very different worldview from the worldview taught through Moses and Jesus, a worldview difficult to overcome.
Outreach Ideas Christian workers need to model Christ-like behavior as they assist the Thai with material and physical needs.
Pray for the followers of Christ Pray for the few Christian believers among the Northeastern Thai to become well established in the faith, resting fully on the finished work of Christ on the cross. Pray they will attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Pray for the entire people group Pray the Thai people will not be satisfied with their religion, but will hunger to know personally the creator God. Pray this hunger will be soon satisfied.
Scripture Focus 'Again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people." And again, "Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, And let all the peoples praise Him." Romans 15:10-11