On November 14th, an article came out in the Thai newspaper, "Daily News" about a group of 20 men, including one wearing a Buddhist monk's robe, who broke into a church in Udonthani province, Thailand. They looted and vandalized the church building. The group were apparently upset that a number of villagers have become Christians since the church was started 3 years ago. They want the church to move someplace else and the church had agreed to do so, but requested some time to find a new place to rent and to settle their rent contract with the current landlord. Apparently, the church didn't move fast enough and was ransacked openly while the caretaker was confined to his bedroom.
Obviously many Thai Buddhists would be as upset with this as Christians are, but if the church continues to grow in Thailand (which it will!), then we will see more incidents like this from violent people who are misguidedly seeking to protect Buddhism or the Thai way of life. Revival may one day come to Thailand, but it will come at a cost.
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