Thai culture understands that spiritual growth is more important than amassing wealth…
Taken from the work of Dr. Nantachai Mejudhon who summarized Fieg’s work in an article that was published in Sharing Jesus Effectively with the Buddhist World.
Implications for a missionary:
- Don’t live an extravagant lifestyle. It is contrary to scripture anyway, and would cause a Buddhist to most likely look down on the ‘religion of the foreigner’.
- Your covetousness, greed, and extravagance will be more obvious than in America and have a stronger negative reaction from the people.
- Though a missionary will have more than the average national, his outward spirituality (which will constantly be compared to the national religion) must be very vital and real
- Be generous. Don’t buy friends and church members, but show that things don’t have you and use what you have to help others.
- Don’t rely on money to bail you out of every problem. Demonstrate faith that’s not in money.
- Your lifestyle will show where your faith is.
- Your money, if used wrongly, could become a stumbling block to the people.