Thailand whose very name means Land of the Free, managed to successfully retain its political freedom even while surrounding countries were colonized by Western powers. While this has benefited Thailand's population, other challenges exist. In the Thai culture, nationality and religion appear inextricably linked. The land is in bondage to a complex web of tradition, spirit appeasement, occult practice and Buddhism, with a social cohesiveness from which few dare to deviate. The friendly Thai people have much more economic comfort and education than their neighboring Southeast Asian countries, yet poor rural and tribal groups still exist. In the last four years, the Lord has opened doors for ASAP in the northeast of Thailand. The lay pastors ASAP supports make a daily difference for Christ. ASAP has also been able to partner with Mission College in various evangelism projects. Yet there are millions of Thai people who still need to hear God’s message of salvation.
|Below Poverty Line||10%|
|Religions||Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%|