Summary The Chinese Thai of Thailand identify mostly as Thai, and if asked will usually respond that they are Thai. The Chinese Thai are the most integrated Chinese population in any country. They are people of full or partial Chinese ancestry and most of them trace their ancestry to the Guangdong Province. Up to 40% of Thai have some Chinese ancestry due to much intermarrying over the past 200 years. Many Chinese Thai are involved in business, politics and finance. The Thai Chinese control 80% of the Thai economy and many Parliament members are of Chinese descent. Their main religion is Theravada Buddhism often syncretized with Chinese folk religion. Many Chinese Thai will have Chinese shrines in their homes and will celebrate Chinese festivals. Often they will speak a dialect of Chinese in their homes
Ministry Obstacles Missionaries have worked in Thailand for well over 100 years; however, few have accepted Christ as their Savior. Thais are strongly patriotic and associate being Thai as being Buddhist which makes it difficult for them to become Christians. Buddhists do not believe in a creator or even in a divine god. Due to their belief in reincarnation, they may see Jesus being crucified due to some bad behavior in a previous life.
Outreach Ideas Perhaps Christian business owners may live among the Chinese Thai running successful businesses while living in a Christ-glorifying way. The Lord can open the eyes of Chinese Thai to the truth of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are a small percentage of Christians amongst the Thai. Pray that these believers will live an obedient, vibrant walk with Christ. Pray they will share their faith passionately but humbly with their neighbors, family members and co-workers.
Pray for the entire people group Pray that God will open the eyes of Chinese Thai to the truth of a creator God, of mankind's sin and need for the Savior Jesus Christ.
Scripture Focus "The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God" Isaiah 52:10