Christmas in Thailand
Posted by danneker on January 10th, 2011 | Leave a comment
The Thai people are curious about Christmas. Many think it is our American New Year. They have many of our “customs” during the same period of time: they decorate with lights outside during December…but in honor of the king of Thailand’s birthday on December 5. They exchange gifts…but for the New Year. The malls put up Christmas trees and decorations… to attract people to buy the New Year’s gifts. And there are many parties … for the New Year. December 25 is just another work day, not a national holiday. But the Thai get off at least New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. So for the church to have a party and special activities at this season….many Thai are excited to attend.
The Mahapawn Living Water Church in Mahachai had quite a few Christmas outreaches this year. Besides programs for friends and family, they reached out to their “Judea” and “Samaria”. On December 19 they hosted an outreach for Mawn ethnic people from Burma that work in the Mahachai factories. Over 60 attended. A team of Mawn pastors and church members from Bangkok took charge of the program. They hope to see a Bible Study started soon for the Mawn. Several hundred thousand Burmese work in the Mahachai area.
Then on December 28, there was a joint ministry with other churches in the province among the women prisoners at the Samut Sakhon Provincial Jail. Praise God over 300 women prisoners attended the program. Pray that the gospel literature they received will bear fruit.