The findings of the study revealed that educational values and competence hold a medium level of importance…This finding can help missionaries adjust their focus.
The Thai people are not interested in the content of missionaries’ teaching. If being Christian enabled them to get benefits and helped in finding jobs, knowing English, and opening up chances for a better life, they might consider being Christians.
– From a study done by Dr. Suntaree Komin, a Thai psychologist and a Fulbright scholar, who wrote a publication entitled Psychology of the Thai People: Values and Behavioral Patterns.
Implications for a Missionary:
- Preach sermons that will help them.
- Use as many creative ways to teach as possible. Everything doesn’t have to be called a lesson.
- Activities of the church should demonstrate teaching.
- Create a curiosity, get them to ask questions, and you don’t have to tell them you are “educating” them.
- They are at least curious of your content, they probably just aren’t too interested in lectures, so find ways to teach line upon line, and precept upon precept.
- Show how not knowing the truth hurts their lives and how knowing the truth helps them avoid real heartache and pain.
- Maybe emphasize a series on Proverbs. The Lord does have some good advice.