Thailand – GRNT Projects

Description of Projects – Global Recordings Network Thailand June 2019

Your gifts will go to one of these important projects, as most needed, unless otherwise designated in the “comment” section when donating online

Lawa: Distribution of recordings and possible additional recordings of a dialect of Lawa in which we have only one recording. Aum is from this dialect. She is married to another GRNT staff member, Boy. There are some believers among the Lawa. They live in the mountains a few hours southwest of Chiang Mai. Additional recordings in Aum’s dialect of Lawa may open doors for the gospel and for believers to grow and understand the Bible better.

Funds needed: $770

Urak Lawoi: Distribution of past recordings, follow up and making additional recordings. We have been reaching out to the Urak Lawoi sea people for more than a decade. Many Urak Lawoi are caught up in gambling and alcohol, with little other purpose for life. Some years ago, GRNT partnered with Thailand Bible Society to produce audio recordings that spoke to some of their social problems, giving the way of deliverance and purpose through Christ. Distribution of these audio recordings brought hope. With hopelessness in the lives of many, the Gospel has brought salvation to some. A few small churches have been started and are growing.

Funds needed: $3,000

Moken: Distribution of past recordings, follow up and making additional recordings. We have been reaching out to the Moken sea people for more than ten years. Though they are the original inhabitants of these south-Thailand islands, Thai nationals have often used parts of the islands where they live to promote tourism. This has threatened the livelihood of the Moken by making it illegal for them to catch fish from the ocean fronts next to where resorts for tourists have been built. Few people have come to their aid. A low self-esteem has resulted. When the gospel is brought to them, they tend to retreat into the woods rather than carry on conversation. Partnerships we have made have produced trust and a willingness to interact with us.

Funds needed: $1830

Nyah Kur: Distribution of past recordings and follow up. The Nyah Kur live in northeast Thailand. We began contact with them more than 15 years ago. When we made audio recordings following one of their cultural singing styles, they began to show openness to our visits and the gospel recordings. At least one church has begun and is growing. Much follow up is needed for the Nyah Kur to become true followers of Christ.

Funds needed: $810

Phu Thai: Distribution of past recordings, follow up and making additional recordings. The Phu Thai live in northeast Thailand, in Laos and in Vietnam. A Phu Thai, who is Dean of the Provincial Nursing Hospital in a northeast province of Thailand has been helping us make audio recordings of the gospel in her language. Although others are the voice on most of the recordings, she has been helping to make sure the recordings are natural and follow the Bible.  As our main partner, she has helped open the way for distribution to the villages.

Funds needed: $660

So Thavung: Distribution of past recordings, follow up and making additional recordings. The So Thavung live in northeast Thailand and in Laos. By showing interest in them over multiple visits, we have seen them opening up to the gospel. Some have expressed faith in Christ.

Funds needed: $370

Yoy: Distribution of past recordings, follow up and making additional recordings. The Yoy live in northeast Thailand and in Laos. An elderly Yoy man who was a keeper of Yoy history became our language helper. As he thought through the meaning of the messages, he came to faith in Christ. He began to share his new found faith with other Yoy people. Before he died, one of GRNT’s recordists, Kerry, who had used him as a language helper, visited him. Too weak to get up, he recognized Kerry and held him by the arm, joyful to see him one last time.

There are only a handful of Yoy believers and they need encouragement and follow-up until they are mature and able to disciple others.

Funds needed: $570

Lamet: Distribution of past recordings, follow up and making additional recordings. Several years ago two of GRNT’s recordist team members, Jon & Lot, recorded the Good News audio visual series of 40 pictures from creation to Christ in the Lamet language. Distribution of these began to their villages. They have enthusiastically requested that we return to follow up the distribution with visitation and encouragement. Further recordings are being planned.

Funds needed: $1,510