Friday, May 4, 2012

Northern Thai

WHERE do they live? More than six million Northern Tai speakers live in Thailand. The
traditional center of Northern Tai culture is the city of Chiang Mai.

HOW many? 7,369,000

WHAT do they worship? Buddhist

PRAYER needs:
• Pray the Tai Yuan Jesus film would be used to evangelize many people inside Laos.
• Pray the things keeping the Tai Yuan from salvation would be cast down.
• Ask God to send Tai Yuan Christians from Thailand to reach their cousins in Laos.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Blogs and Updating

A personal blog is a great way to share an update with your friends and family back at home. If you are planning on using your personal blog over the duration of your NT summer here are some things to keep in mind...

1. Email your blog home page

2. Grab the button on the right side to link to your blog to either the P52 or NT website.

3. Tell your own story. Remember a personal blog is just that, personal. Do not share other people's story, stick to your own.

4. Do not share specifics of your location or schedule.

5. Pick one meaningful story of how God is working and tell it. Your readers don't need a timeline of everyday. Share with them how God is working and ask for prayer. Minute by minute replays of each day  can wait for later.

6. Let your friends and family know what day you will be most likely to update each week. (And that you will only be updating once a week.) And make sure they realize the time difference.

7. Use short paragraphs. Highlight the important parts with by bolding the font or using larger fonts.

8. Use bullets for prayer requests. Ask for specific needs, not just that God would use the team and keep them safe.

9. Be creative. Think of different ways to share your story. Videos. Pictures. Poem.

10. Stick to the  WHY you are doing missions this summer. Your focus in updating your friends and family back at home should be for prayer support. You can share cultural and funny stories later. Remember your internet time will be limited and you will need to be a good steward of your time.

Monday, April 30, 2012


WHO are they? Wolio people live as farmers on the land and sea. Primary land crops
are rice, corn and cassava. In the sea, especially from June to September, vast
stretches of water are used to cultivate agar-agar (seaweed) that is ground up and used
to make a variety of products. Many people also work as sailors and shipbuilders.
The Wolio houses are built using boards, with small windows added. The roofs are built
with small boards and coconut leaves. These houses are raised up to two meters above
the ground. In the Wolio community, the men are mainly involved in labor outside the
home, while the wife works in the home and manages the family and their finances.
The Wolio people place a great priority on education. Good education for their children
has been a high priority. This, added to their willingness to study foreign languages, has
resulted in noticeable social advancement.

WHERE do they live? The Wolio primarily live on the island of Buton, around the city of
Baubau, but can also be found on Muna, located in the SE Sulawesi province. The
Wolio are at the heart of the culture of Buton.

HOW many? 215,000

WHAT do they worship? Almost all Wolio have beliefs centered in Sufi Islam.
According to their teachings, they practice mediation in order to receive visions from
God, or to find hidden truths far beyond their own reasoning. Belief in reincarnation is
also adhered to as a result of Hindu influence. They also believe that evil spirits cause
illnesses to occur while helpful spirits give guidance.