Daily Topic for April 20, 2011
Throughout history God has called His people to become missionaries by means of several mechanisms. We are most familiar with the voluntary mechanism, that is, missionaries going out voluntarily. But much of the expansion of the church has been due to the involuntary mechanism of believers being captured or expelled against their will and coming into contact with non-believers. Acts 8 was just such a case. But likewise, He also calls unreached people groups like the Buddhist Thai to places like Paris where they can hear the gospel. Are there “apostles” in Paris who will lead these Buddhists to the Savior?
Pray that there will be many who will heed God’s call to reach the Thai people in Paris.
“Let’s get those immigration officers across the street to arrest these Thais,” joked a Lao teenaged boy to his friend. His voice was plenty loud enough for the Thai gathered near the Eifel Tower to hear him. They visibly tensed up, then abruptly left while the Lao youth snickered. Since the Thai are seldom in France as political refugees, they are usually expected to work for a certain amount of time, and then promptly return to Thailand. According to some of their Lao neighbors, Thai people sometimes remain in Paris and evade French immigration officials.
But one year ago on May 1st, the small Thai community in Paris was not hiding from any one. People were taking pictures and videos of them holding signs that read, “I love Thailand.” Others spoke out in support of their king, and for unity in their nation during a dangerous time when two political factions in Thailand were beginning to resort to violence. No matter what political faction Thai people come from, they all agree on their unquestioning support of their king.
Thai people, even those in Paris, also support the Buddhist religion without question. To be Thai is to be Buddhist, even for those who live outside the country.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Thai people in Paris will taste and see that the Lord is good.