At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Thailand was just behind China for the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases. Since then, Thailand has drastically shrunk its infection numbers. Now they only report a handful of new cases every day or so, and even recently had a 100-day streak of absolutely no new COVID-19 cases.
However, the Thai economy has taken a major hit since tourism plummeted. International tourists support two-thirds of the local economy. Without that income, the people of Thailand are suffering financially.
World Missionary Press supplies Scripture booklets for believers in Thailand to distribute. In light of COVID-19, local Christians are giving out these Scripture booklets along with packages of food to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Helen Williams with World Missionary Press says, “People are…looking for answers. There is a sense of, ‘What do I do? How do I get through this? Where does my help come from?’ Things like that which really opens the door for conversations, whether it’s by phone or however.”
Christians in Thailand are vastly outnumbered by the 94 percent Buddhist population. However, Williams says, “There is freedom to share the Word. Particularly where our coordinator is up in Chiangmai, it’s kind of a hub for ministries from that region. They have a major printing ministry business so they print a lot of Christian literature as well as using our literature…. But reaching the Buddhist people is a challenge in and of itself.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to direct Scripture into the hands and hearts of those in Thailand who need His hope.
- Pray for Thailand to experience spiritual revival.
- Pray for World Missionary Press’s ministry partners to be encouraged.