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Thai in Cambodia

Thai

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,300 Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.15 %   

Thai in Cambodia

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Introduction / History
The Central Tai live on the country's rich central plain. The area, which includes the capital city of Bangkok, is watered by the Chao Phraya River. The Central Tai, who represent more than a third of the population, call themselves the Khon Thai, meaning "the free people".

Centuries ago the Tai 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. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control.

Central Thai people have moved to other parts of the world, often to make a better living. A small number of them have migrated to neighboring Cambodia, another Buddhist nation.

Where are they located?
There are Central Thai people in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh.

What are their lives like?
The Central Thai people who have re-located to Cambodia are often business owners who hire Cambodians. Cambodians are eager to learn the Central Thai language in order to further their careers.

The Central Tai are unusually polite, respectful, and hospitable people. Their children are brought up to respect those of a higher rank, with additional emphasis on independence and self-reliance. The Central Tai seldom use physical punishment to discipline children.

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. Farmers rank below artisans, merchants, and city government officials; clergy form a separate group. Families are the core of Thai society. In rural areas, the immediate family usually lives, eats, and farms together. A young married couple may live with the bride's family until they can establish their own home.

What are their beliefs?
Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") 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.

Traditionally, young men enter a Buddhist monastery for three months to study Buddhism. The Thai also attempt to incorporate their Buddhist beliefs with folk animism, a practice in which they seek help through the worship of spirits and objects.

What are their needs?
Wherever they live, the Central Thai people do not understand the uniqueness and centrality of Christ. They believe that "Christianity" is good for Westerners, but Buddhism is best for the Thai. They need a special encounter with the Lord that will make it clear that He is far above all gods.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies that are currently ministering to the Central Thai.
* Ask God to send Christian teachers and medical teams to work among the Central Thai people.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Central Thai towards Christ.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Central Thai people in Cambodia.

References
Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/TH
http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-news/288279/thai-language-studies-in-cambodia
https://books.google.com/books?id=8TkjBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA99&lpg=PA99&dq=%22Thai+in+Cambodia%22&source=bl&ots=KhKNfupkEu&sig=avcIJvLnK8tDPYoDAVuNXgIIowA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb48OhqOjOAhUY52MKHWJGCgkQ6AEIPTAG#v=onepage&q=%22Thai%20in%20Cambodia%22&f=false

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-06-11
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Country: Cambodia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:3
   
 
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  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: 3,300
Population all Countries: 21,399,000
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
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Thai (3,300 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:
Buddhism98.00 % 
Christianity0.60 %(Evangelical: 0.15 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.40 % 
Non-Religious1.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
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:
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
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 Cambodia

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