(Photo from BBC News)
I will never forget our first moments in Thailand. We were young couple with two small children ready to begin to live out our missions call. Bangkok would serve as our home for the first year while we went to language school. While it was a new culture to us, we found great joy in exploring the city and discovering the joys of new experiences and new friendships. My office in Oklahoma City is filled with wooden elephants and cultural images that come from our season in the Land of Smiles. Now, the country we still love, and the city we once called home has become a cauldron of political discontent and the seeds of potential civil war seem to have begun to take root. You have "Red Shirts," "Yellow Shirts," "Multicolored Shirts," the police and the military all standing within feet of each other ready to respond to any hint of provocation. I would like to tell you which side is right, but the story is much more complex than that. There is truth, lies, and corruption spread across the parties. My grave concern is that I do not see an easy way out for any of the parties involved. I fear that they are so ratcheted up the intensity of the moment that great blood shed awaits them the all. I invite you to join me in praying for the people of Thailand. Pray for wisdom for the leaders of the various factions. Pray that they needs of the nation will prevail over the desires of each group. Pray that God might move in this situation in a way that might help the eyes of Thai people might see the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Grace and Peace, Tom