United Methodist Missionaries serving in Thailand

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Thank you for your prayers

A special word of thanks to all who have been praying about the Supreme Court of Thailand and the potential crisis of protests and civil war if they banned the ruling party for a third time in 5 years.  We were very concerned.  And the Lord has answered your prayers and ours too.  The Supreme Court of Thailand did not disband the ruling party, and instead ruled in their favor.  There will be protests coming from the other side, but the tensions have decreased.  Thank you.  Your prayers make all of the difference.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Two prayer requests

For all of our prayer warriors: Two urgent prayer requests.

First, summer slump has hit our finances at TMM pretty hard.
We have had two slow months in a row, and this past month was very slow on financial support.
We need received only $2,132.76 for our general budget, but we need $10,194.42 to meet our expenses.  Please pray for God's provision.

Second, the political situation in Thailand is getting very intense.  The Supreme Court of Thailand is considering whether to abolish the ruling party, Puea Thai, which won a landslide victory last year.  If the Supreme Court of Thailand does this, it will be the third time in the past five years that they would disband a ruling party which has won the popular vote of the people.  Civil war is highly likely if the court makes this fateful decision.  We cannot comment on this matter more than this, because we must be careful to be neutral.

Below is an article from BBC news.


Thai court to rule on new constitution plan

Red Shirt supporters of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra chant slogans at a television satellite centre on April 09, 2010 in Bangkok,Thailand.Friday's ruling could spark a new wave of political protests in Bangkok


Thailand's constitutional court is set to make a ruling on Friday which could spark a new round of political unrest.
It will vote on whether politicians can start work on drafting a new constitution, or whether that process could undermine the monarchy.
If the judgement goes against the ruling Pheu Thai party, it could be dissolved and senior members banned from parliament.
Security is reported to be heavy at the court ahead of the hearing.
The BBC's Jonah Fisher in Bangkok says any decision to disband Pheu Thai would almost certainly trigger mass demonstrations by the party's supporters.
It is headed by Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Although a decision to disband Pheu Thai may not bring her down, the constitutional court has already disbanded parties linked to her brother Thaksin twice in the last five years.
Mr Thaksin was ousted by the military in a September 2006 coup and is now living in self-imposed exile in Dubai.
Rivalry between his supporters and opponents, known and red shirts and yellow shirts, has been a frequent cause of political unrest in the country.
The yellow shirts were behind the huge street protests that led up to the military coup of September 2006 and the ones two years later which led to Mr Thaksin's allies being forced from power.
In April 2010, the red shirts occupied Bangkok's historic and commercial districts in an attempt to topple the government. The demonstrations turned violent when the army tried to disperse protesters, with at least 17 civilians and four soldiers killed in clashes.


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