Monday, April 13, 2009

Pray for Thailand

Nothing like a thrown-out back to blow away the best laid blogging plans, but I'm back in the saddle today (more or less).

I've got some things for this week, but I want to start off by asking everyone to take time to pray for Thailand. This southeast Asian country is undergoing another round of political turmoil. There are two main factions battling over an ousted Prime Minister, and the protests turned deadly today with 2 people being killed. I don't have an opinion on which side is "right", but I don't want to see people hurt anymore.

Thailand is known as the "Land of Smiles," and Thais are some of the friendliest people you can ever know. I spent 2 months there in 91-92, and it was some of the formative experiences in my life. However, I know that behind the smiles is the bondage that over 95% of the people suffer as they hold to old forms of Buddhism and ancestor worship. Christianity has had a hard time getting a strong foothold there, but more and more there are Thais turning to Jesus.

There is a couple that were on the outreach team with me that stayed there, and continue to live there 18 years later. Please pray for all to be protected, especially God's people, and that truth and righteousness will reign in the country.

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