International Ministries

Missionaries in Thailand - all safe

May 19, 2010 Journal
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IM has been in touch with all missionaries currently in Thailand either by phone, Skype, or e-mail and they are fine and, while unnerved, feel they will be safe, according to Stan Murray, IM area director for Southeast Asia and Japan. This protest is not directed at foreigners, and as long as they lay low, they should be fine. The Red Shirt leaders turned themselves in and were arrested. The main protest centered in downtown Bangkok has been broken up by the democratically-elected government which has shown extreme patience and restraint throughout this long situation. However, as the Red Shirts are now dispersed, they are starting fires in banks, blowing up ATM's, laying siege to malls, all over Bangkok and in fact in other major cities. While the "main event" is over, there seems to be no way to predict about when the backlash will become controlled. Pray for Thailand and the continued safety of missionaries, volunteers, staff of IM-related projects, and in fact the whole population.
For frequent updates, friend Annie Dieselberg on Facebook.  Annie is an IM missionary living in Bangkok.  Also more information at: www.facebook.com/chiangmaimail