Political Situation Causes a Problem for Thailand Ministry

Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand

During the past few months a large group of people have been demonstrating against the Thai government.  They’re unhappy with the current prime minister and have been demanding that he resign, dissolve parliament, and schedule early elections.

Until recently the demonstrations and occasional violence have not caused any problems for our LHM staff and ministry.  The problems have been just in the central area of Bangkok, which is quite far from our office and the places where we live.

Unfortunately, that has changed.  Although the demonstrations and violence are still mainly in central Bangkok, the violence has increased in the past several days.  As the government tries to get control of the area where the demonstrators have been camping in the streets, more violence is expected.

Two days ago the government announced a state of emergency for parts of Bangkok and 17 provinces and the school summer holiday has been extended by another week. 

On May 18-20 we had a trip planned to a province in northeastern Thailand about 6-7 hours from Bangkok.  We were going to do a 2-day program at a school.  However, because of the longer school break and because we would have to travel through some areas where demonstrators have been very active, the school principal asked that we postpone our visit. 

We thank God that the political problems in Thailand haven’t caused any problems for our ministry before this time.  We expect to be able to reschedule this program and we trust that God will give us a good opportunity to interact with the students and teachers there in the near future.

Please pray for peace in Thailand and that the political problems will be solved soon.

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