These girls are part of a traditional Thai hill tribes. The fashion of their outfits vary from group to group, but there are common themes throughout. Bright colors and jewelry, embroidered clothing and hats are standard.
About half of the Thai labor force is employed in agricultural areas. While agriculture provides jobs for a large portion of the country, it only accounts for 10 percent of the gross domestic product. The country’s economic strength lies more in services and industry.
Buddhism is the most common religion, with almost 95 percent of the country ascribing to that faith. Muslim’s are the next most common, at 4.6 percent. Christians make up less than 1 percent of the population. Thai and English are the primary languages, although English is mostly spoken among the higher class.
Major Languages: Thai and English
Major Religions: Buddhism and Islam
Population: 67.8 million*
Adventist Membership: 13,071*
Adventist to population ratio: 1:5,184*
Worldwide there is one Seventh-day Adventist Christian for every 423* people; but in Asia only one person in 1,404* is an Adventist. In Taiwan, there is one Adventist for every 4,247* people. In Laos there’s not one ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor for the country’s six million people. Your support of fund number 5240 will help the Church in Asia grow in size and strength.
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One day while Rajah was holding a Bible study, a mob approached his house, brandishing sticks and swords.