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THAILAND PRAYER UPDATE
 Issue 9                                                                                                                                                 July 2013 

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Issue 6 - October 2012

Issue 5 - July 2012
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What is a Church*?
A church is three or more Christian believers meeting together on a regular basis to worship God and is not a cell group of a larger church body.

*only Protestant churches

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How we count Christians?
Of course God is the final judge.  For our purposes we count Christians as anyone who  is a member of a church. No matter if it is a large city church or a small house church.
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Dear Co-laborer in Christ,

Common questions I am asked are “Where should I serve in Thailand?" or" Which area has the greatest needs?” My answer is, “Every province in Thailand has needs and where you serve is between you and the Lord. However I can provide information that may help you as you bring your request to God.” 

This email shows where the needs are greatest. The picture above is a graph that shows the number of churches needed per province and the percent Christian for each province. Before reading the rest of this email, please click here  or on the graph to download an image of the graph. As read this email you can then understand what the graph shows. You may even want to consider printing the graph.

The purple line in the middle shows the national average for Percentage Christian which is 0.60 percent. Provinces listed above the purple line have a Percentage Christian that is greater than the national average. Provinces listed below the line have a Percentage Christian less than the national average.

If your goal is to plant churches in provinces where there is the greatest need for churches you would plant churches in the provinces listed towards the right edge of the graph. The province of Bangkok has the greatest need for churches by a large margin. The next five provinces after Bangkok are:

  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Khon Kaen
  • Buri Ram
  • Udon Thani

If your calling is to evangelize and make disciples in locations where there are very few Christians than you would consider serving in the provinces listed towards the bottom of the graph.

The six provinces with the fewest Christians as a percentage of the population are:

  • Narathiwat
  • Pattani
  • Samut Songkhram
  • Nakhon Nayok
  • Lop Buri 
  • Yala

Finally, you may want to consider working in a province where there is a great need for churches as well as having few Christians. In this case you would look for a province located in the right bottom corner of the graph. Provinces to consider would be

  • Surin
  • Si Sa Ket
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Nakhon Ratchasima


Please pray that God would send laborers to these needed areas.

May God bless you in your ministry, 

Dwight Martin
Research Coordinator
Thailand Evangelism & Church Growth Committee