Evangelical Churches Growing In Thailand

Evangelical Churches Growing In Thailand

How do you feel about the growth of Evangelical churches in Thailand? That’s definitely a topic that people in this country often feel strongly about. After all, Christians, and evangelicals in particular, remain a considerable minority in Thailand and have struggled to gain foothold over the past 200 years. Christians still make up less than one percent of the Thai population.

 

Church growth in Thailand is most definitely on the rise however and while there is still resistance to overcome the numbers are increasing yearly.

 

Churches Growing Throughout Thailand

While the growth of churches in Thailand has moved slowly over the course of history, there is no question that there’s been an unprecedented boom in recent years. Yes, the population remains under 1%, but we are rapidly getting to the point in which that will no longer be the case.

 

Think of it this way: As of 1952, there were roughly fourteen thousand Christians in Thailand. Despite the extraordinary works of existing churches and organizations, adoption from locals was still unlikely.

 

In the present? There are more than five thousand Evangelical churches in Thailand. There are more than four hundred thousand Protestant Christians in the country. While the growth is certainly slow, there is no question that it is definitely occurring. Some would even go so far as to say that we have arrived at a period of transition. And we have not even seen some of the larger global organizations take root yet.  If one looks at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Locations page, you’d be surprised not to find an established church in Thailand yet but with such a formidable presence throughout south Asia it must only be a matter of time.

 

Evangelical Churches May Continue To Grow

More than 100,000 Pakistanis have fled their country because of Islamic extremism. Nearly 11,000 have gone to Thailand, many of them Christians, though as reported their initial reception was not so great.

Half of the churches currently standing in Thailand have gone up over the past fifteen years. Think about that for a second. In fifteen years, 2500 new Evangelical churches were added to Thailand. This is growth that on a scale we have not seen before. This is why we are perhaps in a period of transition. What will the next 15 years bring in terms of growth, and will there be any issues like we’ve seen in recent news events?

 

 

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Shun Fad Diets, Endorse Thai Food Karma

fresh raspberries and homemade bread on a white plate

Shun Fad Diets, Endorse Thai Food Karma

Do you know how many types of diets have been popularized around the world in just the last ten to twenty years? Well over fifty for sure and you are probably aware of more than a dozen, perhaps even tried a few yourself. Some diets are obviously more popular and also healthier than others. You must have heard of Paleo diet, Atkins diet, Dash diet, Mind diet, Mediterranean diet, Vegan diet, Gluten-Free diet, Macrobiotic diet, Raw Food diet and Whole 30 diet. Most diets focus on weight loss but not all are easy to follow. Some diets are good for the heart and overall health. Some are plant based diets while some focus on lean proteins. Many diets are quite unrealistic in the modern world, one of the key reasons why most people fail to adhere to the dietary recommendation.

 

Fad diets don’t work. They don’t help with long term weight loss. Many are actually unhealthy. A credible and practical alternative to fad diets is Thai food karma. The vegan diet and low calorie diet can help you fight obesity and will contribute to a slimmer waistline but charcoal cleanse, clip your nose diet, laxatives and tissue paper diet are definitely not worth trying.

 

What is Thai Food Karma?

 

Thai food karma is a simple idea. It is actually a philosophy that helps you to live a healthy and satiating life. The idea is to eat the right foods, at the right time and in the right quantities. The philosophy urges people to shun cravings, to control hunger and to be more charitable with food. While most countries have an obesity problem, there are billions of poor people who don’t have enough to eat. This may be surprising because supermarkets are flooded with thousands of goodies.

 

Many monks in Thailand eat two meals a day, one at daybreak which is the breakfast and one at noon which is the lunch. Post noon, these monks drink water, milk and juices. The juices could be of vegetables or fruits, can be both according to personal preference. It is well known that some monks go on to live for a hundred years, some live longer. If the human body could not make do with two meals a day, surely the monks would not have survived longer than average humans.

 

Thai food karma does not confine you to eat preselected foods. It simply requires you to eat healthy, cooked food using fresh produce and to avoid all junk foods that are available at every convenience store around the country. Processed foods and beverages are right now the bane for mankind.

 

Hunger Pangs and Cravings

 

There is a subtle difference between cravings or hunger prangs and the actual necessity of eating. Most people think they are hungry when it is essentially a desire to eat something. There is no dearth of temptations all around. Most people in fairly prosperous countries eat something and they want to eat something else after a few minutes. This is a vicious cycle that goes on and forever. Only health problems and serious medical conditions compel people to give up on this relentless eating spree. Thai food karma recommends one to eat only when absolutely necessary and instead to help people, to donate and to feed the hungry.

 

It is natural for anyone to feel hungry once a restricted diet is undertaken. These hunger prangs or cravings will last for a week. Thereafter, the body will get accustomed to the new diet. You can still eat the meats of your choice, the fruits and vegetables, even cakes and beverages. Just limit the quantities, cut down to two meals a day and at the right time when you still have several hours to burn the calories.

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Gardening Tips: Tropical Plants That Don’t Need Full Sun

red leaf flowering tropical plant of thailand

Believe it or not, many of the beautiful plants and flowers in the tropical environment of Phuket absolutely love a little bit of shade – really flourishing when they aren’t exposed to direct sunlight or the entirety of the day, but instead really coming into their own with a bit of overhead cover and protection.

 

Most every major garden center in Phuket is going to have a whole host of plants that will be close set with one another, hiding under the cover of a bit of shade. Usually this shade is provided by a green mesh material that still allows the nourishing rays of the sun to touch the plants, just breaking up the directness of the sunlight enough to provide a bit of cover and protection so that these plants can explode in growth and productivity.

 

The majority of these plants are herbaceous, grown specifically to show off the lush, rich, and very foliage that they are capable of producing. Unfortunately – for one reason or another – a lot of us homeowners love to move these plants indoors, locking them up inside our centrally heated and air-conditioned properties and destroying their chance to thrive along the way.

 

In the tropical region of Phuket, however, these plants have the ability to flourish in a way that just isn’t possible indoors. Many of these plants naturally seek out the cover and protection of the natural canopy one can find throughout the tropical region of Phuket, finding spots of shade and filtered sections of sunlight to bask in the warm glow of the sun without exposing themselves to direct sun rays that would break them down and otherwise wreak havoc on their cellular structure.

 

green aglaonemas plant outdoorsThe overwhelming majority of these plants – Maidenhair, Bird’s Nest Ferns, Dieffenbachias, and Aglaonemas – exist primarily in the dense rain forest areas of Phuket as their natural habitat. These plants are incredibly capable and adept at utilizing the small amounts of light they would have captured in the wild, surviving and even thriving in the kinds of sun blocked conditions that other plants would have been devastated by.

 

Mother Nature has helped these plants adapt to their conditions, finding ways to absorb far red light (close on the spectrum to infrared light) through the broad and leafy foliage to provide them with the sustenance that all plants require through the process of photosynthesis.

 

Most impressive is the fact that unlike vines that climb anywhere between 60 and 100 feet or more to weave their way in a parasitic fashion through the canopy until they get the sunlight that they need, these plants stay down on the ground – usually much lower to the ground than anyone would have expected them to – while spreading out into a wider area to capture as much of the diffused sunlight that breaks through the overhead coverage as possible.

 

single leaf of tropic snow plantPlants like the Tropic Snow can grow incredibly large and has wide leaves to capture as much sun as they can, with the leaves themselves attaining upwards of a foot and a half wide in length to gobble up the sunlight. These kinds of plants in particular aren’t all that happy to exist in direct sunlight – though they can tolerate a few hours each day without any coverage.

 

If you’re thinking of adding any of these varieties to your garden, you’ll want to make sure that you aren’t subjecting these kinds of plants did too much sunlight (especially if you bring them indoors and situate them near the window), has nothing will kill them faster than overexposure.

 

At the end of the day, you’ll want to look out for these kinds of shade hungry plants as much as possible. Keep them away from the sun, diffuse direct sunlight that comes in contact with them, provide them with plenty of water on a regular basis, and without too much micro-managing they will flourish in ways you never could have expected!

 

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Air Travel to and from Thailand is About to Skyrocket

thai airbus landing at airport

Thailand is becoming one of the most popular nations on the continent to visit, not only for tourists that are looking to take in all of the scenery and incredible beaches that the Southeast Asian destination has to offer (not to mention the incredible food and culture), but also for serious business people, investors, and international leaders that are looking to take advantage of all that said Thailand has to offer as well.

 

Because of this, the aeronautical industry in Thailand has been urging aviation officials to jumpstart necessary reforms in airspace routing and traffic management procedures to help handle a major predicted influx of air travel that’s going to take place over the next 20 years or so.

 

According to the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, this nation is going to see upwards of 3 million flights coming into and going out of the country annually over the following 18 years.

 

This projection is going to push Thailand into the 10th spot as far as the largest global aviation markets are concerned, and while major new initiatives have been making pretty decent inroads into overhauling and upgrading the aviation world in Thailand the current system – as it sits today and is projected to sit five years into the future – is simply not going to be able to handle this major new influx of traffic.

 

The IATA reports that were released October 2017 corroborates this projection, and the industry association president has been imploring and encouraging the Thai government and the Thai aviation industry to pick up the pace a little bit so that they are able to meet the demands of these new travelers as safely as humanly possible.

 

As the situation sits right now, about a million flights are coming into and going out of Thailand every single year. And while the aviation industry has done a real bang up job keeping everyone safe and keeping the machine of the aviation industry moving at a decent clip, the truth of the matter is there is still a number of persistent delays, overlapping airspace routing issues, and a number of other significant safety concerns that exist regarding the Thai aviation world.

 

The same report mentioned above highlights the fact that the UK is able to effortlessly accommodate more than 2 million flights every single year while having dramatically less airspace to manage than timely – and they have a lot fewer issues with airspace problems annually as well. A lot of this has a do with the fact that they have invested so aggressively into their aviation industry, something that Thailand has been a little bit slow to do compared to other nations around the world.

 

Air passageways are one of the first things that need to be addressed by these new overhauls. Currently, air passageways that are used by both the AEROTHAI and Royal Thai Air Force overlapped with one another – causing a considerable amount of safety concerns as well as cluttered airspace that simply cannot be managed as well is more outlined and delineated airspace could be.

 

Major initiatives are also underway to overhaul and improve many of the nation’s airports as well. Most of the airports that exist in Thailand have been built or upgraded over the last 30 years or so, but still some of them aren’t taking advantage of state-of-the-art and industry-standard technology the way they could be or the way they should be.

 

At the end of the day though, the AEROTHAI organization (a state run enterprise and the primary governor of air traffic throughout Thailand) feels that changes and improvements on the ground are only going to have so much of a beneficial impact. Changes have to be made to air corridors and air passageways that continue to exist under regulated, and until these issues are managed, mitigated, and resolve major problems are always going to exist in the skies over Thailand.

 

Last year (2017) Thailand saw a growth rate of 8% – outpacing the 5% expectations that had been outlined ahead of that year. This year, the aviation industry in Thailand expects a growth rate of between 6% and 7% – but if last year was anything to go off of, it could easily hit 10% or more (and there aren’t a lot of industry insiders around the world that would be surprised at those kinds of figures.

 

Plans are already underway to find the best way to move forward with new initiatives that can improve the airways above Thailand. Thailand is working closely with the United Kingdom to find ways to open up their air lanes, to streamline their operations, and to improve the overall safety and security of everyone and anyone that is to be traveling in the skies over this nation.

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