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- Stats for Thailand
Thailand measurements show it to be a very Cooperative culture. Thailand, called the land of smiles, has 13 expressions for smiles, all with different meanings. Thais are easygoing, slow to anger, and quick to smile. Unlike the other countries in this cluster, Thailand has never been conquered.
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 67.4 M (20th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Thai (78.4%); East Asian (10.8%); Malay (6.1%); Tibeto-Burman (1.2%); Mon-Khmer (1.2%); Tai (0.9%); These numbers do not account for more than 1 million Burmese migrants nor the high number of Cambodian migrants.
A strong economy of agriculture, industry, and exports (world’s largest exporter of rice). Tourism is also important, as are drug trafficking and the sex trade industry. The extensive sex trade is deeply integrated into society, and millions gain from it. Corrupt police protect it, families often sell daughters into it, and organized crime profits from it.
History / Politics
A kingdom since the 13th century and a modern constitutional monarchy now. Strong army-dominated politics and commerce for 60 years; Now has a civilian government. Corruption is widespread and rivalry between the two parties is heated. A military coup in 2014 has left the political future unclear. Thailand has a power struggle between the two political parties, the military, and the monarch. Thailand means “land of the free” because it was never colonized -- a fact they are very proud of. However, they are captive to Buddhism, spirit worship, and even occult practices. HIIV-infection rate is highest in Asia and is officially 700,000, but may be double that number.
Christians make up only 1% of the population, despite 400 years of missions. Christian leadership needs to be stronger to be more effective in evangelism. Christian expression used is often Western; Pray that Thai expressions of the Gospel will develop. There is freedom to minister, and many places provide service and evangelism.
Pray for more openness to the Gospel. Pray for strength among leaders in the church, and that effective evangelism will occur. Pray for the development of a true Thai church, freed from Western appearances.