The Khorat Thai primarily live in central Thailand in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Their origin is uncertain; some suggest that they are descendants of Siamese soldiers and Khmer women, and others suggest that they are central Siamese. Elderly Khorat women dress differently than normal Thai woman; they wear a Khmer-style lower body wrap called a Chong Kaben. Their men were once skilled hunters of deer, wild pigs, and other animals, most of these animals are now extinct in the area.They are Theravada Buddhists and believe in spirits who reside in inanimate objects, such as the trees, houses, water, objects. The village spirit is called Jua ban, which is their protector.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
95 percent of Thai people are Buddhists and only 1 percent are Christian. The country needs a Christian witness. There are numerous opportunities on the Asia Pacific website, such as church planting opportunities in Bangkok, campus ministry, teaching, orphanage work, and much more. Pray for how God may call you to help reach the lost in Thailand.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
In the fall of 2010, the Thai Fire Bible launched in Bangkok. The purpose is to give a major tool of discipleship in the hands of Thai pastors and leaders. Though the Thai Assemblies of God is small, it is growing and the Fire Bible is a significant tool to help spread the gospel in Thailand. As the Fire Bible continues to be distributed in Thailand, pray that the Khorat who come to Christ will be able to grow and learn immensely with a Fire Bible in their possession. Learn more about the Fire Bible at the Bible Alliance website.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray God empowers those who serve in Thailand to be an effective witness to the gospel.
- Pray for the church in Thailand that there will be growth and success in their ministry.
- Pray for the Khorat Thai, that God will open their heart to the message.