The Northern Thai, or Tai Yuan, live in the Northern region of Thailand along the border of Laos. Approximately seven million live in Thailand and 10,000 live in Laos. The center of their culture is the city of Chiang Mai and was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. In the late nineteenth century, they were incorporated into the rest of Thailand. They are a Buddhist people group and they once tattooed their beliefs.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
According to the article, “Reaching Buddhists” 80 percent of the world’s Buddhists live in PenAsia making it the largest Buddhist concentration on earth. Russ Turney explains that Buddhists have no ultimate deity, and sin is eventually relative. Because the rift between Christian and Buddhist beliefs is great, he says that it is essential to have a good understanding of the Buddhist mindset in order to live and serve within their culture.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Asia Pacific Student Abroad Initiative (APSAI) is a program that gives students a cross-cultural experience in PenAsia serving in ministry while receiving college credit. The program exposes students to the need to share the gospel in Buddhist countries such as Thailand. Pray for students serving in PenAsia, that God would give them wisdom and favor amongst their Buddhist friends.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for more workers to minister in Northern Thailand.
- Pray the Holy Spirit imparts wisdom and guidance to missionaries working in the Buddhist context.
- Pray churches are planted across PenAsia.