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Monks and Merit

Dear Praying Partners,

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing what we're learning about Thai culture and how you can join us more specifically in prayer for the unreached of Northern Thailand. We believe prayer is foundational for seeing the unreached people of Northern Thailand experience God's glory and for disciple making to become a reality. While we're still in the early stages of language study, we trust the Lord will use the prayers of His people to begin working in the hearts of those who have yet to hear the good news of Christ.


In the early morning hours, Buddhist monks can be seen walking in procession carrying a wooden alms bowl. Monks often times walk house to house, but sometimes people are waiting on the roadside for their opportunity to give food to the monks. The monks then say a blessing over them and proceed on to the next waiting family. Buddhists believe that making merit – good karma – through giving can help attenuate the effects of bad deeds, but you need to have enough merit to cover for all the bad that you do. The more good you have the more likely you will guarantee a better position in your next reincarnation. While the monks bring in the light of dawn, there is no light or hope for the families still living and waiting in darkness.


  • Ask God to free the Tai Yuan from the idea that they can earn their own salvation.

  • Pray that Buddhist monks will be called out of darkness and be witness to God's glory.

  • Ask God to make Himself fully known to the Tai Yuan.

  • Ask that the Tai Yuan would no longer live in darkness but in the light of Christ.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. ~ Ephesians 2:8

We are thankful to God for the faithful prayers of the saints!

That All May Hear,

Wesley, Kimberly,

Luke, Lydia, Micah and Ezra

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