The Thai, Isan in Thailand live near the Laotian border, they number over 18 million and their region encompasses 1/3 of Thailand’s total land mass. The Thai, Isan were relocated forcibly from Laos, they are also known as the Lao Isan (Isan means northeast). The Thai, Isan are known for being friendly and welcoming most who enter their villages. Many of the Thai, Isan earn their livelihood through farming and agriculture, but due to drought in the area, many live in poverty-stricken situations. Most of the Thai, Isan practice Buddhism. They seek to earn merit by performing good deeds which will ultimately lead them to Nirvana or “perfect peace”.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Asia’s Little Ones (ALO) is a compassion ministry that reaches children in several Pen-Asian and Southeast Asian countries. They feed children, build and run homes, schools, health clinics and other facilities to help children. In the blog post, “Wanted: Special Child” we learn about David, a young child with special needs was born to a mother in prison. Jesus brought David to Asia’s Little Ones and nurtured him with love and care. Prior to entering one of the homes, David did not speak. As time progressed, David surprised everyone by reciting a whole chapter from the Bible!
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Many of the Thai, Isan practice Buddhism. Asia Pacific has set a goal of establishing at least five locations where students and adults can learn English but also encounter the love of Christ.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for the children of Northeastern Thailand, that these resources would meet the great need to share the gospel there.
- Pray for God’s leading as workers engage Buddhists with the gospel.
- Pray that through compassion ministry many Northeastern Thai would know the love of God.
- Pray for the church planting initiative, that many may come to Christ through these endeavors.