Learning the Thai Language.

As we embark on this new journey, the most important goal in our first few years is language learning! In partnering with the Thai church to share the gospel, it is imperative to learn the Thai language. We love the Thai language, and have thoroughly enjoyed our preliminary study. Check out this video to get a little taste of the Thai language! 


Engaging the Thai culture.

The Thai culture is warm and easy-going, but very different from that of Western culture. With this in mind, it is imperative to study, learn, and engage the cultural context in which we will be living. In order to partner with the national church in Thailand to share the gospel with the Thai people, we must devote time learning not only the Thai language, but also the Thai culture!

Understanding Cultural Barriers.

To give an example of the many cultural barriers that we need to learn in order to present to Gospel clearly to the Thai Buddhists, we want to share with you the complexities of understanding a simple Bible passage from the Thai Buddhist’s worldview:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son. That whomever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Wow, this is such and encouraging, life-giving verse to the us . . . from a western worldview. But to a Thai Buddhist, who’s ultimate pursuit it to achieve Nirvana (a state of non-existence), this is a terrifying truth to stay away from! Let’s break it down:

  • “For God so loved the world . . . “ {God loves the world? Our whole Buddhist Religion is based on detaching ourselves from the world, including all forms of love!}
  • “That he gave his only son . . . “ {God has a son? How did that happen? He must have been attached to the world for that to have happened. And his son died a horrible death??? What did he do in his previous life to deserve that? He must have had that coming to him}
  • “ . . . have eternal life.” {Eternal life? PLEASE NO! I don’t know how many lives I have already lived, and I have no idea how much merit I have earned in this life to have a better life the next time around. All I know is that I am far away from Nirvana.}

What would a Thai Buddhist’s conclusion be after hearing John 3:16 as the initial presentation from a Christian? “Keep your religion. That’s nice for you, but I am a Thai Buddhist.” 
This is one of the many vastly different cultural perspectives that we must learn during our lifetime in Thailand, but especially in our first three year term, where language and culture learning will be our focus.

 


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