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THAI WORD Creations


Sow the Seeds of Faith

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THAI WORD Creations


Sow the Seeds of Faith

 

Prince of Peace 2017 (องค์สันติราช)

We continually get feedback from Thai churches that ordered Prince of Peace in 2015 and 2016. We are using their comments to refine and improve future editions of Prince of Peace to be an even better tool for evangelism and discipleship.


Coming Up

Gospel of John (บุญคุณพระบิดา - องค์สันติราช ภาค 2)

THAI WORD is working on developing a new book that combines Genesis creation story with the Gospel of John's story of New Creation. Our goal is to introduce God the Father and Jesus as the Giver of Life to the Thai people. 

 
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99 Lost Sheep of Thailand


99 Lost Sheep of Thailand


 
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
— Jesus

Kingdom of Thailand Population- 67 Million. About double the Canadian population.

After centuries of Christian missions in Thailand, it has become apparent that the Thai people group is very resistant to the Christian Gospel. Thailand is a country where Christians are free to proclaim the Gospel without religious persecution. Yet, there are only about 1% Christians in Thailand. 

However, disadvantaged ethnic minority people groups such as the Karen hill tribes are very receptive to the Gospel. Therefore, missionary efforts in evangelism have been, in recent times, directed almost entirely toward these minority groups with wonderful results. In fact, according to research by the ESTAR Foundation, a disproportionate 35% of Protestant Christians in Thailand belongs to these minority groups.

The Largest Unreached People Group in Thailand: The Thai People

 

One sheep is safe at home. What about others?

In the famous parable of the lost sheep, Jesus shows us what the heart of God for the lost is like. Our Lord will go all out to look for the lone lost sheep until it is found.  In Thailand, we have the parable in reverse. Only one sheep is safe. The rest have lost their way.

It is our conviction that Jesus wants his people to do whatever it takes to bring the Christian Gospel to the 99 Lost Sheep of Thailand.

 

NEW TOOLS FOR EVANGELISM URGENTLY NEEDED

We can't continue to use the same tools that have been employed in the past decades and centuries. They have not worked well.  At THAI WORD, we aim to- 

  1. Gain a fresh understanding and discern why these tools don't work. Why don't Thai people respond positively to these tools?
  2. Develop new tools for evangelism that can overcome the difficulties.
  3. Equip Thai churches and Missionaries with these new tools.
 
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How to sow the seeds of God's Word?


How to sow the seeds of God's Word?


 
 
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
— Jesus, from Matthew Chapter 28
 

Our Lord Jesus commands us to make all nations, including the Thai nation, into disciples. Evangelism in the Kingdom of Thailand is the proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the Thai nation, so that those who hear, and believe, can become disciples.

THAI WORD develops new tools for evangelism to the Thai people with the awareness of the following important considerations.


God's Word is the Foundation of Evangelism

 
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
— Apostle Paul, from Romans Chapter 10
 
The Bible in the form of story books. Easy to read. Manageable. Beautiful. Cost Effective.

The Bible in the form of story books. Easy to read. Manageable. Beautiful. Cost Effective.

We cannot proclaim the Christian faith without the Scripture. However, giving copies of the standard Thai translations of the Bible to Thai people is not effective for the following reasons:

  1. The standard Thai Bibles are very hard to understand.
  2. The Bible is too big.
  3. The Bible as a formal religious text may be rejected even before the reader starts to read.

THAI WORD overcomes these problems by developing and giving away stand-alone books of the Bible as well as other Christian books that are uniquely Thai.


Affirm the Thai Identity

Last Supper. Was Jesus a Bearded white man with long hair?

Last Supper. Was Jesus a Bearded white man with long hair?

"But I am a Thai. I can't be a Christian."

This is the usual refrain from a Thai person who has heard, understood, or even agreed with the Christian Gospel. Anyone who has done any close-up evangelism in Thailand would be familiar and perhaps exasperated by this reply.

THAI WORD develops and gives away Christian literature and art work that do not reinforce the stereotype of Christianity as a white people's religion.


Thai People Honor Sacred Objects - We Give Sacred Christian Books

Any visitors who have been to Thai homes or businesses would have noticed that Thai people are very spiritually minded. Although, Thai people don't generally discuss truth in religion, they honor sacred objects, sacred days, and sacred places. The reverence for sacred objects poses a challenge for Christians.

But there is one important exception. Sacred Books are honored by the Thai people, but not usually worshipped. Giving away sacred Christian books to Thai homes will increase familiarity to Christianity among Thai people. 


Proclaim the Gospel on Christmas and other Christian Sacred Days

Thai people pick auspicious days and times for every important occasion. They consult monks, astrologers, and other holy persons for a good day to get married, build a new house, and even when a baby should be born. (Elective Caesarean birth is very popular in Thailand.) 

Normally, Thai people are not very open to hear about the Christian faith. In recent years, however, Christmas is now celebrated along with New Year season in mid to late December. THAI WORD promotes Evangelistic outreaches on Christmas by partnering with churches and Christian organizations. 

We will continue to create new Christian literature that will be given away as outreach tools for other auspicious occasions, such as Easter, Valentine's Day, weddings, birth of a child, etc.

 
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The Thai World View


The Thai World View


 
Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you...

For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
— Apostle Paul, from Acts Chapter 17

In the book of Acts, Apostle Paul introduced the one true God to the Athenians. This is something completely new to the Athenians, so the Apostle Paul used many touch points that existed in the Greek religion and quoted Greek philosophers.

The Thai world view is significantly different from those in the West. There are many matters in life that can be used as touch points between the Thai world view and the Christian faith.  THAI WORD continues to create new Christian literature that will explore these touch points, such as the sacredness of marriage, spirits that rule the land, work ethics, etc. The end goal is to use these touch points to communicate the truth of the love of God through Jesus Christ.

Here are some features of the Thai world view that Westerners may not be familiar with.

Reincarnation

As part of Buddhist/Hindu belief, Thai people believe that humans and other living creatures experience birth, decay, sickness, and death in endless cycles until nirvana. Good deeds and bad deeds will result in corresponding rewards and punishments in the next reincarnation.

It may be difficult for Westerners to grasp that the belief in reincarnation is real and pervasive in the Thai psyche. Oftentimes, when Thai people experience suffering, they will blame themselves that perhaps they have done something really bad in their previous life. This fatalistic tendency can lead to a certain attitude of helplessness to fight against evil.

Spiritual Powers

Thai people are much more keen to see spiritual powers as influencing everyday life than those in the West. They try to appease the local spirits, and attempt to use spiritual powers to gain worldly advantages (money, love, career, etc.). Some of the practices are outright black magic. This belief is pervasive from all facets of status, poor and rich, ignorant and educated, honored and despised, and in all occupations from top politicians to common laborers.

From a Christian point of view, this is a wonderful touch point. God the Creator is the source of ultimate power, wisdom, and beauty. Christians can point out that no power in the world has the authority to overcome God the Creator and his chosen Christ.

Attitude toward Attachments

Buddhism teaches that attachments cause suffering. The ultimate goal is to rid oneself of all attachments.

In the Christian world view, some attachments are ordained by God and can be a huge source of blessings.

For example, marriage is viewed by Buddhists as a mere social convention. It is a form of attachment that Buddhism deems ambivalent. Marriage is not deemed to be a spiritual blessing and therefore not especially spiritually sacred. But marriage is sacred to Christians, because God specifically created male and female and blessed them in a strong union. Christian teaching on marriage is rich in experience and truth. This can be a wonderful touch point to lead Thai people to the loving God who created marriage to be a tangible form of sacred spiritual attachment.