Missionaries should not require instantaneous conversion from the Thai unless the Holy Spirit does his work in their hearts. A change should come naturally by the power of the Holy Spirit. The meaning of Christianity should be stressed more than the form. Christians should approach Buddhists with humility and loving persuasion, backed by the testimony of a dynamic personal relationship with Jesus. A Christian’s credibility is vital to the audience’s acceptance of their message as credible. The Thai like the proverb, “slowly but surely”. (Mejudhon 2005, 166)
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:
- Recognize that what you preach is different and don’t try to deny that it is contrary from what they have grown up with
- Trust that the Holy Spirit and the Gospel are sufficient and preach them without trying to synchronize them with their current beliefs. That is why you are there!
- Deeply disciple a few rather than trying to convert the masses by yourself.
- Nationals will be a better example of how the Gospel changes a man than you will be since you are foreign and they don’t know what to distinguish as American and what is Christian, but they will see this in their own people.
- Pray for change since you are fighting an uphill battle against all of tradition!