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Thai, Central in France

Thai, Central

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Thai Buddhism 0.30 % 0.20 %   

Thai, Central in France

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Introduction / History
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 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 France where there is much gender equality.

Where are they located?
Most Thai people live in urban centers like Paris.

What are their lives like?
The Thai are seldom in France as political refugees, so they are expected to work for a certain amount of time, and then promptly return to Thailand. According to some of their Lao neighbors, Thai people sometimes remain in Paris and evade French immigration officials. There are a small number of Thai dissidents who live in France after showing defiance to the government and the Thai king.

What are their beliefs?
Thai people, even those in Paris, support the Buddhist religion without question. To be Thai is to be Buddhist, even for those who live outside the country.

"Mai ben rai" is often heard on the lips of Central Thai Buddhists. Roughly translated it means "That's not an issue." The phrase expresses a deeply held Thai belief that things are not worth getting agitated over because that would cause one to leave the "middle path" of calmness as taught in Buddhism. "Mai ben rai" is used every day to excuse a friend's tardiness, cover up a hurt feeling, or to display a lack of interest in discovering spiritual truth.

What are their needs?
France is a socially cold environment for outsiders. Thai Buddhists need friends who will tell them about Christ. There are believers from OMF International who are reaching the Thai diaspora in Europe through friendship evangelism.

Prayer Points
* Pray God would awaken the hearts of Central Thai Buddhists to embrace the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
* Ask for a significant turning of entire Thai families in France to Jesus.
* Pray that strong churches will grow in every location where Central Thai Buddhists live.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among Thai people in France.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/FR
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Buddhist-Thai-People-in-Paris/
http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/5082
https://sokheounpang.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/the-role-of-the-thai-prostitution-and-the-thai-king-in-economic-development/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_people
https://omf.org/ca/product/omf-international-diaspora-ministries-field-thai-diaspora-ministry-p86006/
http://www.france24.com/en/20150220-thailand-parliament-bans-surrogacy-foreigners-gammy

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Country: France
Continent: Europe
Region: Western Europe
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Thai, Central
People Name General: Thai, Central
Alternate People Names:
Bangkok ThaiCentral Tai
Khon TaiLao Song
SiameseSiamese Thai
Tai NoiThai Khom
Thai KlangThai Song
ROP3 Code: 101940
Joshua Project People ID: 11277
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 20,740,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Thai
People Name General: Thai, Central
Ethnic Code: MSY49d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Thai (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tha    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism99.70 % 
Christianity0.30 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1834-1967
New Testament:
1843-1977Audio
Complete Bible: 1883-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCome to Me (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoCreation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoGodMan in Thai (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Thai
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThai Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv ...
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Biblica Thai
Text / Printed MatterBible: Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Thai Standard Version Revision
Text / Printed MatterBible: พระคัมภีร์ภ ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Thai, Central in France

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