Centuries ago the Central Thai people lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.
The Central Thai are unusually polite, respectful, and hospitable people. Age is highly respected in Central Thai society. Type of occupation, wealth, and place and type of residence follow age in terms of respect and rank. The Central Thai are distinguished by a near absence of labor division by gender, which helps them fit in when living in places like Sweden where there is much gender equality.
Some Central Thai people in Sweden live in Stockholm and near university campuses, though a good many are in rural areas. Thailand provides the largest number of East Asian immigrants in Sweden.
Many of the Central Thai people in Sweden are college students. Once there, they seldom have much social contact with the larger society. Others are women who marry Swedish men. The latter group often lives in the less desirable rural areas.
Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Gautama Buddha and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and attending worship services.
Believers can reach out to students from Thailand by opening their homes to them and giving them a "home away from home." In this informal, relaxed atmosphere, they can share the deeds of Jesus Christ with Thai Buddhists.
* Scripture Prayers for the Thai in Sweden.
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Central Thai people in Europe.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Central Thai people in Sweden teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Central Thai families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Central Thai family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Thai|
|People Name in Country||Thai|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song|
Primary Language: Thai
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1843-1977)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Come to Me|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Thai|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Biblica Thai|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Holy Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Thai Standard Version Revision|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|