As you most likely know by now, recently, the Thai military declared martial law, temporary suspending the Thai constitution. Two days later, General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the country, bringing over 100 political leaders into an army base in Bangkok to be detained.
This is the result of several months of tensions between rival political parties. There were many demonstrations, especially in Bangkok, with some turning violent, and a few people being killed. In short, the Prime Minister was recently judged to have abused her power, and ordered to step down. Shortly thereafter, this military coup has taken place.
- Currently, the military has ordered certain borders to neighboring countries (at least one to Laos) to be closed.
- Schools and Universities have been closed.
- There is a curfew in place, from 10:00 pm – 5:00 am
- In Bangkok, the military is patrolling the streets, but it is not as dramatic as it sounds. There are armed soldiers at key intersections to “keep the peace”, but it’s not like there are tanks rolling through the streets over cars and pedestrians.
- The media has been put on lock-down. Television stations are only broadcasting what the military wants to be played.
- There are rumors that the internet would be shut down, but this has not taken place yet.
Many of you are our prayer partners, and we are grateful for your prayer support. I would like to assure you that these events have had very little effect on our family. I have just returned from Bangkok, which is 12 hours away, where the full force of everything is happening. I honestly would not have known anything was going on, if I had not been told so. I saw a few armed soldiers, but nothing else out of the ordinary.
Our city, Chiang Rai, is far away from Bangkok. Think, from New York City to Knoxville, Tennessee, far away. Our lives are going on as usual. Today I went to the gym, Rosie had home-school with the boys, and in a few minutes, we are going out for our weekly groceries. We are very safe, and I have yet to meet anyone who shows any elevated level of concern. Should things take a turn for the worse, we will take action, however for now… business as usual.
Now, the country needs prayer. As we can see from the many examples in the Bible, God is able to take bad situations, and bring about good outcomes. Think Joseph, Abraham, Moses, etc. Our prayer is that He will establish leadership as He sees fit, and that ultimately, He will draw the Thai people to Himself. Please make this your prayer as well.