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Thai in Canada


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,400 Thai Buddhism 0.70 % 0.20 %   

Thai in Canada

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Introduction / History
In the 1950s, there began a small migration of Central Thai students going to Canadian universities. Those who chose to remain in Canada have started businesses and married Canadians. The number of students coming from Thailand has slowed down in recent years. There are not that many Central Thai people in Canada, but there are many more women than men among them. Thai women sometimes enter Canada to work as caregivers for the aged.

Central Thai people who emigrate to Canada are usually well-educated professionals such as bankers, doctors, computer techies, and business owners. Others are artists or entertainers. The popularity of Thai food has opened the door for restaurant entrepreneurs. Other Thai businessmen have started Muay Thai gyms, which are also popular in Canada. In general the Central Thai people have prospered in their new homes in Canada, but some struggle to find employment because of a lack of English skills.

Where are they located?
Many of the Central Thai people live in either Toronto or Vancouver.

What are their lives like?
Though they participate in the greater Canadian culture, Thai people enjoy things that are uniquely their own. They love Thai restaurants, a Thai TV program, attending Thai festivals, and attending Thai Buddhist temples.

What are their beliefs?
The Central Thai people believe that to be Thai is to be Buddhist, so they do not believe that other spiritual answers are for them. There are a number of Thai-oriented Buddhist temples and meditation centers in Canada.

What are their needs?
Thai people are at a grave disadvantage if they don't master the English language. One young Thai man trying to get established in Canada said that the best way to gain English skills is to have English-speaking friends. Believers who love the Thai people can make friends with them, enjoy their company, and help them to find the blessings offered by the Lord.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Central Thai towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* The Bible, the JESUS Film, and audio recordings are all available in the Central Thai language. Pray that these will find their way into the homes of Thai people in Canada and provide them comfort and joy.
* Pray for a church planting movement among the Central Thai people in Canada to grow and spread to Thailand.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-05-30
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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Thai
People Name General: Thai
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: 6,400
Population all Countries: 21,380,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Thai
People Name General: Thai
Ethnic Code: MSY49d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Thai (6,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tha    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism95.00 % 
Christianity0.70 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious4.30 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
(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
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:
Complete Bible: 1883-2020
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
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
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 / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
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 in Canada

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Thai     America, North and Caribbean    
      Thai Canada    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Thai in Canada          
      Religion Language  
      Buddhism     Thai  
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