Many cultures separate work and play… From the Thai standpoint, if something is not sanuke (fun), it is scarcely worth doing… Thais have the expectation that all of their activities will contain sanuke. Work, study, and even religious service must have at least an element of sanuke if they are to retain the Thai’s interest. (Mejudhon 2005, 162)
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:
- Make the Gospel alive in your preaching and services
- Have a good sense of humor!
- Preach Jesus, not religion
- Plan fun activities, just like you would in America, to spend time with people and get them connected to each other.
- Work on your humor. It probably isn’t very funny in Thailand. Just make sure your humor is understood correctly by the culture.
- Plan to eat with the people that you work with the most. This is a great way to develop friendships.