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An Unfolding Revival: PINE RIDGE

I want to update you on some recent and remarkable developments on the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation at Pine Ridge. If you are not familiar with this reservation, it is located in South Dakota about 1.5 hours east of Mount Rushmore. As the site of the infamous Wounded Knee massacre, and home to Native luminaries such as Red Cloud, Black Elk, and Crazy Horse, it is one of the most influential Indian homelands in America.

Another purpose of this communiqué is to alert you to an imminent gathering that could alter the spiritual status quo throughout Pine Ridge, and indeed the entire Sioux Nation. Genuine revival is at the door, and we need all the prayer support that can be mustered on short notice.

Before I get into the details, allow me to offer a bit of backstory in case you have not been following our saga these past two years.

In early 2015, Pine Ridge was wracked by an epidemic of youth suicides. Many, many perished, with a significant number taking their lives in collective death pacts. As the momentum built, fear and grief hung over the reservation like a heavy, wet blanket.

Suspecting this was a spiritual assault on the next generation, a group of Native intercessors invited me to Pine Ridge to discuss the principles and power of transforming revival.

Recent insider accounts confirm the Evil One was indeed behind this carnage. Working through a handful of perverse medicine men, he launched a scheme in which vulnerable young people were drawn into sweat lodges and “prophesied to.” Several were told: “The spirits have shown me there will be 25 more suicides — and you will be one of them.” Sadly, these words proved to be curses, and those who heard them simply lost their will to live.

By June 2015, however, a spiritual counteroffensive was under way. Led by Norma Blacksmith and a small band of Native and non-Native partners, the power of the Holy Spirit was unleashed to break the bands of death. And as the suicides abated, many traumatized families (including prominent traditionalists) opened up to the love of God.

When I arrived to share the principles of transforming revival, the team on Pine Ridge could not have been any more receptive. They were eager to not just hear the word of the Lord, but to heed it. Not surprisingly, healings, deliverances, and conversions picked up across the reservation. It was clear the conditions were ripe for a significant breakthrough.

Earlier this month, I returned to Pine Ridge with Walo Ani, a dear friend and colleague from Papua New Guinea. Having walked with Walo for years, I knew his understanding of tribal culture and his extensive firsthand experience with transforming revival would be incredibly helpful. I was not disappointed.

Wade McHargue, one of our hosts, and a man of extraordinary faith and courage, offered this brief report on October 8:
“Thank you for praying for George Otis’ and Walo Ani’s visit. It was a powerful time. The presence of God was very tangible and the Holy Spirit spoke clearly through His servants. The week culminated with a unity service with five churches represented…  It was deeply moving to see many come forward to repent publically, and to make reconciliation and intercession. It was unlike anything I’ve seen since being here.”
Ten days later, on October 18, Wade added these details:
“I believe we can say safely that we just witnessed an indisputable act of God here… the fruit of years of fasting and prayer, and a specific outgrowth of the time George Otis and Walo spent with us.
I’ve written before of the two principal medicine men here — Jerome LeBeaux and Rick Two Dogs. Jerome is the one connected to the killing of Todd Little Bull in August.
Jerome’s Sun Dance at Thunder Valley is the biggest on the Reservation attracting 500 or so people each year (with connections as far as Europe). The Sun Dance tree (or pole) bearing flesh offerings and tobacco ties is the central focus, and remains up year-round. Never, I repeat never, has anyone heard of anything like what happened here last week. A violent wind pulled that tree out of the ground and threw it down!!
Those trees are buried 7 feet into the ground… Everyone who heard about what happened knows it is supernatural.
Norma Blacksmith prayed specifically for this pole to be pulled down, and as I drove Walo Ani by it (the site is visible from the road) he also prayed for this to happen. Within days, it was laying on the ground. God did it!!!”
It is important to understand that God is moving in an unprecedented way on Pine Ridge. And He has been announcing His intentions to local intercessors beforehand so there will be no doubt about who is behind these mighty deeds.

Harrison No Neck, a key leader from the Kyle area, had four recurring dreams around the time God uprooted the Sun Dance pole.  In the dreams, he is taken by an angel to the various Sun Dance altars on the Reservation. The angel then says, “This is what the Lord God is about to do…” and proceeds to smite the ground until it caves in and the Sun Dance tree falls.

Dramatic stuff… especially when it actually happens!

But this is not ALL that God is doing. As we have taught for many years, genuine transforming revival moves on multiple fronts. And this is what has been happening on Pine Ridge over the last few weeks.

Another promise of God was that He would deliver entire families from bondage and deception. It is EXTREMELY RARE for families or clans raised in Indian traditional religion to come to Christ wholesale, but this is exactly what has been happening! One high profile family, disturbed by the hypocrisy of medicine men and impressed by the power of the Living God, noted traditional Lakota cere­monies are often done in the dark while followers of Jesus do things in the light.

A few weeks ago, Wade McHargue was sharing with a Native man, Kelly Cedarface, who had been resuscitated by electric shock paddles after trying to hang himself.
“[Kelly] was afflicted in his back and had just found out about a tumor on his kidney. Seeing he was using a cane, I asked about his pain. When he told me it was a 9 on a scale of 10, I laid hands on him began to pray. I wish you could have seen the expression on his face as the power of God entered his body and instantly removed all pain. Priceless! He just looked at me with these stunned eyes, and together we gave glory to God.”
This is just one of numerous examples of God’s healing power being released in recent days. And word is getting out!  Convinced the followers of Jesus have real power, traditional Lakota are opening their hearts and homes to the Gospel.
Two days ago, an excited Norma Blacksmith phoned me to share yet another sign that transforming revival is at hand. After decades of anguish, political wrangling, and intense intercession, notorious alcohol vendors in the unincorporated village of White Clay, gateway to the Pine Ridge reservation, are finally being shut down!

This is earthshaking news, and it took Norma several moments to form the joyous words.

An absolutely vile place, White Clay has become a hot bed of drug deals, human trafficking, and deadly fights. But worst of all, its alcohol trade has played a leading role in countless traffic fatalities, domestic tragedies, alcohol poisonings, and suicides across the reservation. An estimated 80 percent of Pine Ridge households are impacted.

How bad has it been? Consider the fact that White Clay’s four alcohol outlets sell more beer per capita than any town in America — nearly 4.5 million cans in a community with only a dozen full-time residents! Numerous TV reports and documentary films have highlighted the scourge, but until now, to no avail.

Thanks be to our GREAT GOD for His mighty and loving intervention! This will change things.

Recognizing that God is moving in their midst, several Native leaders have summoned pastors and intercessors from the various bands and reservations that make up the Sioux Nation. This collective, known as the Seven Council Fires, is located primarily within the Dakotas.

On Saturday, October 29, these leaders will gather, in potentially historic fashion, to further humble themselves, repent, and call upon God to fulfill His purposes among the Sioux people — on Pine Ridge and beyond.

Here, in their own words, is the case at hand:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I am writing you with the thought of transforming revival the Lord wants for the Seven Council Fire Nation and beyond. The past couple days I have been learning from George Otis Jr. and Walo Ani about the transformation of entire tribes and how to heal the land.
I believe our next step is to unite God’s called spiritual leaders (followers of Jesus) from within the Seven Council Fires people to prepare a council meeting and ask the Lord to visit our Tribes and heal the land.
The strategy was placed in our hands. Now I believe we must carry the ball the rest of the way. I will be working together with you all to see sweeping revival that will change the fabric of our society to God’s honor.
I cannot properly relate the urgency of this gathering… We have many other commitments, I understand that. But this is concerning a visitation. We can no longer move forward with religious activity and no visitation from God.
The battle has begun!!! Hokahey!!! In Jesus’ mighty name!!!
— Joe Donnell, Joseph Cross and others

This important meeting will be led by Jerome Slides Off and take place near Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Jerome and others have requested urgent prayer covering for this time, and I believe all of us who champion the cause of revival should rally to this call.

To help guide your prayer time, I have included the following requests:

  1. Pray that God will protect this gathering from well-meaning but formulaic outsiders who would seek to inject personal agendas and other distractions into the proceedings. There is a real risk of this, and I believe God wants to keep these Native leaders focused on the fundamentals of humility, repentance, and prayer that have given rise to every genuine revival in history. God has brought them to this point, and the enemy realizes something historic is afoot.
  2. Pray that the Presence of God will be so strong at the Seven Council Fires gathering that no one will dare lift themselves up or speak against another.
  3. Pray that God will give clear instructions to those gathered… even if those instructions are simply to wait on him.
  4. Pray for traditional families who are considering turning to Christ — especially the Little Bull family whose son Todd was killed for exposing Jerome LeBeaux’s deceptive practices. They have already indicated they want to follow Jesus, but they need courage in the face of serious threats — and they have known nothing else but Lakota traditional religion.
  5. Pray for ongoing FBI investigations on Pine Ridge related to Todd Little Bull’s assassination, and another brazen and brutal murder that took place recently outside a basketball game. Several Natives close to these cases have reported waking up in the night to see Jerome LeBeaux standing over them… and then vanishing. The enemy’s power is real, but it cannot stand against the authority of Jesus. Pray that justice will be served, and served swiftly.
  6. Pray that God will give Wade McHargue and Harrison No Neck an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to Jerome LeBeaux. Both are sensing they should do this, and to warn Him of the consequences of rejecting it.
  7. Pray for the many new believers on Pine Ridge that they might grow in their walk with Jesus, becoming grounded in the faith through knowledge of the Word, fellowship with the saints, and the fearless witness of God’s goodness. Pray especially for Norma Blacksmith’s son George, her grandson George Jr., and granddaughter Johaunna Brewer — all of whom have a strong call of God upon their lives.

The Sentinel Group has filmed several powerful testimonies on Pine Ridge and will be making these available for viewing in the weeks ahead.

George Otis, Jr.

The Sentinel Group | PO Box 2255, Lynnwood, WA 98036, USA









Pentecost Bungalows

Pentecost Bungalows

Beautiful bungalows on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific

Hosted by Donald & Sarah Wayback, Pangi Village.

Phone: 678 5979778,  Mail: Donald Wayback, Pangi Village, Vanuatu

Pentecost Bungalows with Donald (blue) & Sarah Wayback & little Elizabeth with Pastor Rolanson (red) at Pangi Village, South Pentecost island, Vanuatu.
1 hour flight north of Port Vila, the capital.
1/2 hour flight east of Santo International Airport

Foam rubber beds and mosquito nets, meals included, $30 a day.
Special mission rate for teams, $20 daily per person, meals included.

Links: Photos
Mission on Pentecost Island – 2016

Vanuatu Mission – 2012-2015
Vanuatu Revival Mission Teams – 2013
Grant in Vanuatu – 2006
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu – 2005-2006

Mission and Revival Videos

Links: Articles
Revival Meetings in Vanuatu
Mission on Pentecost Island
Update on Pentecost Island
Noel Returns to Pentecost Island

Scenes on Pentecost Island – 2016

At the Pentecost Bungalows
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Dante & Andrew at Pangi beach & Ps Rolanson & wife Donneth
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Line, net, and spear fishing with outrigger canoes
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Village church near Pangi
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Creek baptisms with Andrew & Dante – also great swimming hole
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Ocean baptisms at Ranwadi High School, near Ranmawat
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High School at Ranwadi – north of airstrip near Ranwamat
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Beach and Waterfall near the High School – Ranwadi, near Ranmawat
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Pentecost Island famous for Land Diving using only bush materials
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Maps – Pentecost Island, in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific
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See Pentecost Island on Google for many more images.

General Blogs Index

Blogs Index 1: Revivals (briefer than Revivals Index)

Blogs Index 2: Mission (international stories)

Blogs Index 3: Devotional (including Testimonies)

Blogs Index 4: Chapters (Blogs from Books)

Blogs Index 5: Images (photos & videos)



Transforming your city – the power of prayer

The crime rate fell by 93% within 18 months.
Even the United Nations cannot understand how this happened!


p1Recently in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 140 ministry leaders and public officials were electrified to hear the testimony of Pastor Poncho Murguia. Poncho after leading a large and successful mega church for years was instructed by the Lord to “leave everything” and to go to a city park in his native Juarez, Mexico in order to fast and pray for three weeks over the city. During that process, he learned for the first time to really love and understand his city and then to “adopt” the city. Eventually 4000 other believers in Jesus joined him in a movement of transformational prayer and action that has changed Juarez from “the murder capital of the world” with violence 25 times as much as any on other city on earth, to one of the safest of Mexico’s cities.

At the height of the violence that swept the city which had become the site of a prolonged turf battle between drug cartels, 20-30 people were being assassinated by “sicarios”, hit men paid an average of $50 to kill anyone. They killed a young man just as he was being married to his fiancee in a church and freely machine-gunned peace-loving people who were having dinner in restaurants. There were also an average of 10-15 kidnappings per day and if loved ones did not pay the ransom that was demanded, their family member would have his ears or fingers amputated first and if there was still no payment, he or she would be killed and buried under the floor of the “safehouse” that served as their prison.

Twenty percent or 300,000 people left the city; 30% of the businesses closed. The cartels made lists of police officers and systematically assassinated them one by one to terrorize and exact concessions. The smell of blood filled the streets. Such overwhelming violence that the police and even the army could not control finally drove the pastors of the city’s churches together in prayer. They humbled themselves before the Lord, taking responsibility for the situation since they had been occupying themselves with their own congregations and “building their own kingdoms” without a real love and concern for the whole city. As they underwent this process together, God demonstrated His presence and the crime rate fell by 93% within 18 months. Even the United Nations cannot understand how this happened!

p2Other wonderful transformations happened and as they “adopted” the “sicarios”, many of these vicious hit men came to Christ and were discipled to serve Him back in their own towns across Mexico. Poncho challenged the Church and ministry leaders to tackle problems in our communities that the government and police are not being effective in fixing. The church he said spent too much time studying the Bible when God wants us to “be the Bible” to our needy city. Those who heard Poncho’s testimony were deeply challenged to apply what we learned. Many went home determined to see a transformational movement happen in their communities.

Source: International Prayer Council

See also:

Video1: Transformation in Juarez, Mexico
Video2:Transformation in Juarez, Mexico
In 5 years kidnapping down by 100%, extortions down by 90%, & homicides down by 80%

We often forget to do things God’s way!

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)









Former Deputy PM on Global Christianity

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson speaking in Brisbane, said about Christianity:

China: 10-12% – 100 to 120 million; India 6%; Indonesia: 100 Bible Colleges; Africa: 70%;
In Sydney 8-10 thousand attend “Rice” monthly! 


Christianity, actually, is quite evidently about to enter its most vibrant and wonderful stage globally. That is what is actually happening.

This will be a century of enormous ferment over beliefs and the values that are driven by beliefs; and by behaviour.

The Chinese government understands that. They should. Ten to twelve percent of the Chinese population today are believed to be Bible-believing Christians. That is a hundred to a hundred and twenty million people!

Six percent, it’s estimated, of India’s population: I have a friend who heads up – gave away a business career, a very spectacularly successful one – to head up Alpha in Asia, not Australia, in Asia. Twelve thousand churches in India today are offering Alpha courses and forty percent of the people who enrol in them remain in a church.

In Indonesia, the most populous Moslem nation on earth right on our doorstep. There’s a hundred Bible Colleges in Indonesia. Did you know that? Just been there, and for all of the ferment in that country there’s a real interest in belief and some very strong Christian growth.

Africa: seventy percent Christianised. Now they say it’s a mile wide and an inch deep – desperate need for good teachers. I heard the Bishop of Uganda the other day describing how he has several hundred parishes that he cannot fill with trained men and women. Enormous need, but an extraordinary response to the Christian gospel.

What should we say then, in the face of all this? Should we despair at the state of our culture? At one level – yes! But what should it drive us to do? Gird our loins to take up our cross and to reflect the Hope that is ours!

We must broaden our horizons and understand the Christian hope. There is real work to be done, firstly in this country. We must do everything we can firstly on our knees to encourage people, our fellow-Australians to come back to faith. As a very big part of that we need to recognise that as a multi-racial society – great thing – many of the people who come here are very open to the faith.

I have a young Chinese friend in Sydney. He’s a Presbyterian Minister, he’s only 31, but you know he has a thing called Rice. I said ‘Why do you call it Rice?’ and he said because I come from Asia and we like rice. I said ‘What’s Rice?’ He said, ‘Once a month we get young, mainly Asian believers together in the Sydney Entertainment Centre for a night of fellowship. Not a church. Just a night when we come together for some fun, share experiences, sing, pray, what-have-you.’ I said ‘How many do you get?’ and he showed me a photograph. Auditorium full; he said eight to ten thousand people.

Wouldn’t it be an incredible irony if we from a traditional Caucasian background who walk away from our faith and our culture and let it decay around us, have the whole situation picked up and retrieved for us by New Australians? God bless them if it happens, but we ought to be working with them in every way we can. And then there’s the homelands they came from.

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Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson
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Children’s Prayer Movement in Indonesia

Indonesia: The rise of a children’s prayer movement

In 2003 a children’s prayer movement was started in Indonesia. The network now exists in 72 regions and cities across the country.

Facilitators teach the children to pray in cooperation with local churches and Sunday schools. The children from all these groups are gathered in a central location to pray together for their city and nation. In the school holidays the children are trained. In June every year the prayer focus is on children at risk, which engages the children with real needs among their peers.

There are many testimonies of how children’s prayers have been answered powerfully by the Lord. Miracles of sicknesses healed and other wonderful transformations, such as the closing down of dark places of criminal activity. Also, children who engage in prayer have a more obedient character and love to read the Word of God. They also have a concern for the protection of the environment.

The goal of the movement is to have 200 children’s prayer networks with teams of facilitators by 2017, and praying children in every city and region of Indonesia.

Source: International Prayer Connections

Joel News International #1011, September 11,2016

This article included in BLOGS INDEX 2: MISSION








The Alcoholic’s Son Prayed

Geet didn’t know what to do. He watched helplessly as his mother cowered before his abusive, intoxicated father, day after day.

“I would visit temples and pray to gods and goddesses,” Geet said, “but nothing changed in my life.”

Who could help his family when even his gods remained silent?

When the Alcoholic’s Son Prayed

Teenager Troubled by Alcoholic Father

Both Geet’s parents held steady jobs, and the family faithfully worshiped their deities, yet they never found the happiness or prosperity they hoped for. Geet’s father, Kumal, slowly turned to alcohol as his source of comfort. Geet’s mother worked hard to support her four children, assuming more and more family responsibility as Kumal spiraled deeper into his alcohol addiction.

Over time, Kumal’s frequent arguments with his family intensified, and he even caused trouble for his neighbors. As a teenager, Geet felt helpless against his father’s alcoholism, so he isolated himself, aching with loneliness and longing for peace.

Friend Introduces Teen to Prince of Peace

In the midst of these heartaches, Geet met Bidur, another teenager in his village, and the two youths gradually built a strong friendship. Eventually, Geet confided in Bidur and told him all about his family’s problems.

Bidur responded by sharing how his own family experienced tremendous peace, but it was only because of Jesus Christ and the joy He brings. Bidur invited Geet to attend church with him so he could hear for himself about the peace Jesus gives so freely to those who call on Him.

The very next Sunday, Geet accompanied Bidur to a worship service led by Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Sadhan. Geet had never experienced a worship service like it before, but he listened closely to the words of the pastor.

After the service, Pastor Sadhan shared more about God’s Word with Geet. As Geet listened, many questions about Jesus formed in his mind, but flickers of peace also began rising within him.

Geet went home and told his mother all about the amazing things he learned at the service that day, but she wasn’t interested. Undeterred, Geet turned to the precious gift Pastor Sadhan had given him: a New Testament.

Many people in Asia turn to alcohol to try to smother their hurts and sorrows, not knowing Jesus provides true healing and hope.

Hungry Heart Feeds on God’s Word

Geet pored over his New Testament, and as he read about Jesus’ life and the miracles He performed, he realized transformation is only possible through Jesus. A longing arose in his heart for his family to experience a miraculous change.

“How can I experience His miracle in my life?” Geet asked Pastor Sadhan one day. “How can I follow this Jesus?”

Pastor Sadhan explained how God desires to have a personal relationship with His children, and he helped Geet understand the many things he had read. Touched by God’s great mercy, Geet bowed his head in prayer. He told Jesus about the wrongs he had committed throughout his life and asked Him to work healing and transformation into his heart.

Opening his eyes, Geet entered a new life—a life filled with inner joy and peace from the Lord, despite his home environment. He began spending time in prayer for his family, both privately and also with other believers at worship services. But not everyone was happy with his decision.

Steadfast in the Face of Opposition

Geet earnestly desired to worship Jesus and fellowship with his new family in Christ, but Kumal was furious when he discovered Geet’s new life. He pressured Geet to abandon Jesus and kept his son from attending worship services.

His father’s displeasure intimidated and grieved Geet. He wanted to honor his father’s authority, but after two painful weeks of reading and praying, Geet determined that he must obey the Lord above all, no matter the cost.

Geet began gathering again with the other believers and prayed faithfully for his father, asking the Lord to work transformation in his heart.

When the Alcoholic’s Son Prayed

Like Geet and Bidur, these youths gather for corporate worship with a Gospel for Asia-supported pastor and are growing in their knowledge of God.

The Power of Prayer

When the Alcoholic’s Son Prayed

“Every day, at 5 in the morning, I get up, read the Bible and pray,” Geet shared.

Soon, God answered Geet’s prayers—Kumal’s heart made a drastic turn. After seeing his son’s devotion to Jesus and fervent prayer life, Kumal stopped opposing Geet. He even allowed Geet to share with the family the new things Geet learned from Scripture, and soon, the entire family agreed to visit a worship service.

Geet’s relationship with Jesus grew strong, and peace and trust in God replaced the anxiousness and loneliness that once filled his heart.

Geet recognized the grace of Jesus, just as this young believer also did, and Geet dedicated hours to reading God’s Word and praying for his family.

“Now I am not worried about any problem, because in Jesus, I find the solution to all my trouble.” —Geet

Although his family has not yet fully understood the transforming love of Jesus, Geet’s fervent prayer is that one day, they too will personally know the Prince of Peace who now carries all his burdens.

Send Peace to Searching Hearts

Hearing the Word of God helped Geet first understand Jesus’ power and grace, and by reading his New Testament, he later found courage and strength to endure opposition.

5 Common Misconceptions between Foreigners and Thais

5 common miscommunications between foreigners and Thais
By Laurel Tuohy September 9, 2016 / 15:25 ICT
[Applied here to Thailand this can be applied globally also.]


All original illustrations: Praew Tansanga

Thais and foreigners communicate really differently. Even if they’re speaking the same language, there’s still lots of room for awkward miscommunication at work and at play.
We talked to Kasetsart University Professor Rachawit Photiyarach, who explained the five most common miscommunications between foreigners and Thais.
From foreigners that think everyone at work wants to hear their opinions to that one Thai friend that wears blackface to the costume party. We’ll explain it all to you.
This is the second time Professor Rachawit, a lecturer on intercultural communications, has collaborated with Coconuts. Last month, he talked to us about the 5 Stages of Culture Shock for Foreigners in Thailand.
You might find yourself nodding your head at some of these scenarios. Maybe all of them.
Hierarchy (Thai) vs. Equality (Western)

Scenario 1: A fresh-off-the-plane foreigner starts an exciting job at a Thai company. He’s been studying some reports, reading the founder’s personal blog and can’t wait to tell his new boss all the ways the company could improve. He’s sure they’re gonna become the best of friends. However, after he spouts his ideas on the first day, he gets the cold shoulder. Now, even the Yakult lady won’t make eye contact with him.
Here’s what went wrong:
In the West, everyone’s voice matters, everyone’s opinion counts and even the most junior of employees can tell the boss he’s wrong. That’s not the case in Thai culture. Here, the boss is rarely questioned and what he or she wants is just accepted without question.
For Thais, being humble is more desirable than being right or finding a great solution.
For your Thai friends, age, rank and social status must be taken into account when deciding whether or not they should say what’s on their minds. The Thai way of doing things is to know your place.
This is a situation where tensions and miscommunications often arise between Thais and foreigners. Thais end up thinking foreigners don’t know their place and foreigners feel like Thais are lazy and complacent when they don’t “catch” mistakes.
Implicit (Thai) vs. Explicit (Western) Communication

Scenario 2: “Yo Chanchai! You’re late to lunch buddy, you look hungry. But do you mind if I grab the last pork skewer?” asked Dave. “Please have it,” said Chanchai, even though he wasn’t sure Dave could hear him over the sound of his rumbling, empty stomach. Dave eats the skewer in one mouthful and walks away thinking what a great dude Chanchai is.
Chanchai hates Dave with all of his soul.
Here’s what went wrong:
Foreigners are taught low-context communication, so this is how they talk. They say what they mean and mean what they say. If they say “I don’t want the pork,” they don’t want it. If they wanted it, they probably would have taken it before you even asked.
They specialize in simple, straightforward conversation with little subtext and expect the same from others.
Thais, on the other hand, use high-context communication. Whatever they say, there is subtleness that foreigners don’t often pick up on. For example, when a Thai friend asks if you’ve eaten, as they often will, they are asking much more than a question about lunch. They’re asking about your day, your health, your appetite and your plans. They’re showing that they care about you.
The trouble starts when foreigners expect their Thai friends to simply say what’s on their mind and communicate in Western ways. Thais often get offended when their foreign friends don’t follow the communication rules. Foreigners are left scratching their head as their Thai acquaintance walks away, embarrassed by, what they consider, an unpleasant interaction.
Conflict avoidance (Thai) vs. Confrontation (Western)

Scenario 3: Prasert and Billy are having a meeting about an important project. After Prasert gives his proposal, Billy just sits back and shakes his head, “No, no, no, hahaha bro. Your ideas are so bad, I can’t believe you actually have a job at this company. You know what? Let’s go get a couple beers after work, and I’ll tell you how I would handle this assignment.”
Prasert hopes that the balcony at Billy’s condo is structurally unstable.
Here’s what went wrong:
Thai people avoid open confrontations. Their culture dictates that conflicts hurt the harmony of a group and that relationships are permanently damaged from confrontations. They also believe that arguing is embarrassing and makes everyone uncomfortable.
Foreigners are raised to think that confrontation is positive and constructive. Disagreements are good for the growth of a work team. They don’t hurt personal relationships since business and personal relationships are completely separate.
This leads to miscommunication because foreigners often think they can confront a Thai colleague and that the relationship won’t be damaged. The Thai colleague will be very hurt and not understand why their foreign colleague is so cruel sometimes yet so friendly other times. They might wonder, “Are foreigners completely nuts?”
Feedback Styles

Scenario 4: Somboon, Brad’s boss, has the difficult task of delivering Brad’s annual review and it’s not good. Not good at all. Somboon delivers this news to Brad in typical Thai-style, quietly offering each piece of horrific negative feedback as a piece of advice. “For example, this client said that you are a rude, incompetent idiot. Why don’t you try a new approach with the customers, such as….” Instead of being humble and apologetic, Brad misses the point completely and slaps his boss on the back, “Thanks, old man, but I think I’ll just keep doin’ it ‘Brad-style,’ the client will come around eventually.”
Brad is fired at the end of the month.
Here’s what went wrong:
The Western style of communication favors direct negative feedback while Thai people find this unpleasant.
The Thai style favors indirect negative feedback. If a Thai friend or colleague has something negative to tell you, they will do it privately and gently. They might try to disguise negative feedback as advice. They might say, “Yes, but, why don’t you try this instead…” instead of “You did this totally wrong.” They try to blur harsh messages.
This leads to miscommunication because foreigners, so used to direct communication, won’t understand that they are being told off.
Thais will be driven crazy when foreigners don’t take what was, in their opinion, a stern reprimanding. To the foreigner, it simply sounded like a gentle suggestion that they felt fine ignoring.
Politically Correct (Western) vs. Sabai-Sabai (Thai)

Scenario 5: Everyone loves a costume party! Sam decides to get super clever and wear an orange motosai driver’s vest as his costume. Isn’t he funny? He snaps a selfie and posts it on Facebook with the caption “555.” He thinks about how integrated he is into Thai life. Then, his buddy Wirat walks in dressed up as Kanye West — in full blackface makeup. Billy walks away, horrified to be seen with his racist and insensitive friend while Wirat is thinking “What did I do wrong?”
Wirat assumes that Sam must not be a Yeezy fan.
Here’s what went wrong:
Foreigners take the concept of political correctness seriously. They try not to cause offense and yet, paradoxically, are constantly offended by more and more things, causing people to be more and more politically correct until they are not sure what is okay to say or do at all.
Thais are less politically correct. They think nothing of saying “You look dark!” as an insult. If the person gets offended, they are told by a Thai not to take things so seriously.
This sabai-sabai (easygoing) attitude has landed Thailand in hot water for its depiction of dark skin tones as undesirable in TV, movies and advertisements. Thai people don’t really see what’s wrong with this. Their attitude is like, “Yeah, whiter is better. So what?”
With sabai-sabai, everything is taken less seriously. This often drives foreigners insane and, to make the situation worse, Thais tend to laugh when they are uncomfortable, making foreigners feel that they aren’t being taken seriously.
To find out more about the professor’s work, check out his Intercultural Guide for Expats and Thais page.

To find out more about the professor’s work, check out his Intercultural Guide for Expats and Thais page.

Reproduced from Coconuts Bankok

5 stages of culture shock for foreigners in Thailand
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5 Stages of Culture Shock

The five stages of culture shock for foreigners in Thailand

By Laurel Tuohy July 29, 2016

[Applied here to Thailand this can be applied globally also.]

At a recent installment of Random Thainess, an event where speakers talk about their experiences with Thai life and culture, Kasetsart University Professor Rachawit Photiyarach, broke down the five stages of culture shock in Thailand for foreigners.

From “Thai people are the kindest in the world,” to “Why is every Thai trying to rip me off?!” most foreigners have lived through all of these stages during their time in Thailand.

Professor Rachawit, a lecturer on intercultural communications, based his talk on ideas from intercultural scholar Peter Adler.

Adler said that culture shock is an emotional reaction to loss of one’s own culture and misunderstanding of new experiences. He has said that culture shock causes feelings of helplessness, irritability, being cheated, contaminated, injured, or disregarded.

Although culture shock is usually seen negatively, it’s also a great catalyst for learning and personal growth.

You might find some of these feelings familiar. You’ve probably even said some of these lines yourself.

Stage 1: The Honeymoon Stage


Foreigners in the honeymoon stage, or in their earliest days in Thailand, find themselves a little bit starry-eyed and in love with the place.

The tangled overhead cables, the tuk-tuks weaving through the traffic and eating their first somtam on the street all seem amazing. It’s in this stage that foreigners might say: “I wish I could live here the rest of my life,” “Wow, Thai people are so kind” or “Thailand is the best country in the world.”

Stage 2: The Distress Stage


At this point, foreigners have settled into their new homes and some of the shine of the initial romance of living abroad has worn off. They may be starting to see some problems that they were able to ignore in the early days.

Foreigners in the distress stage may feel like they don’t understand or feel at-one with the locals. They may say things like: “Why can’t Thai people just tell me how they feel?” “Why is every dish so spicy?” or “ Why does mai pen raimean so many different things?”
Stage 3: The Anger Stage


Foreigners in the third stage begin to move beyond questioning the things around them and become downright hostile. Depending on people’s resistance, they might stay in this state for years.

Expats in the anger stage might say: “Thais are so ignorant of the outside world. They should follow Western ways,” “Why don’t these people speak English and understand my culture?” or “Thai people are so dishonest, I’m always getting ripped off.”

Some foreigners might even go so far as to say, “All Thai women want my money” or “Why are there so many Thai people everywhere?”


Stage 4: The Autonomy Stage


This is the stage when foreigners finally begin to accept the cultural differences between their old home and their adopted home. They finally begin to feel at peace and, while they might not agree with everything happening around them, they feel they can understand and accept it.

Expats in the autonomy stage might say: “The more differences the better – it’s boring if everyone is the same,” “Where can I learn more about Thai culture?” or “It’s good to know the difference between my culture and Thai culture so I can make a comparison.”

Stage 5: The Adjustment and Bi-culturalism Stage


This final stage is one that many may never reach, but they can continue striving to become one with their adopted country. In the independence stage, a foreigner will learn to speak the local language, have local friends (that aren’t bar girls that are paid to hang out with them) and feel able to cope comfortably in both Thailand and their home country when they return to visit.

Foreigners in the independence stage might say: “I know some Thais are trying hard to understand me, so I should meet them halfway,” “I can maintain my values and also behave in culturally appropriate ways” or “The more I understand this culture, the better I can live here happily.”

Professor Rachawit offered some advice for foreigners about how to cope with cultural differences in Thailand. He said that foreigners should accept that there will always be differences and that they should learn about their new culture while not forgetting their birth culture.

To find out more about the professor’s work, check out his Intercultural Guide for Expats and Thais page.

Reproduced from Coconuts Bankok

See also:
5 common misconceptions between foreigners and Thais

24 East-West Diagram Comparisons

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Happy Birthday! The pastor who took Jesus’ words literally

The Netherlands: The pastor who decided to take Jesus’ words literally


Jan Wolsheimer pastors a missionary Baptist Church in Woerden, a mid-sized town in the Netherlands. “As a Christian the words of Jesus mean a lot to me,” he says. “I study them, analyze them, and try to apply them. If Jesus really meant what he said, I want to take his words to the test, in real-life.”

19th century Danish theologian Søren Kierkegaard once said: “The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”

Provocative words for Jan. “Take the Sermon on the Mount,” he says. “The choicest teachings of Jesus. What do we do with it in our churches? We deal with it as if it’s the best piece of poetry ever written. After church we close the book and continue to live like we never heard these words. So I searched the Gospels for commands Jesus gave that are at their core dead easy to put into practice, yet no-one I knew was doing it. I reasoned: If we have nothing to do with those simple commands of Jesus – how are we ever going to ‘love our neighbor as ourselves’? That is quite a thing.”


‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, relatives or rich neighbors’

Jan decided to start with a simple, unambiguous text:

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14)

“Easy peasy, right? But I don’t see anyone doing this. And I’ve never done it either. A nice test to see whether it all makes sense.”

In preparation for his birthday Jan decided to print an invitation with his picture on it and a welcoming text. He went into town and dropped them into the hands of refugees, street paper vendors, people without money and people with a psychiatric disorder. “I couldn’t find a blind person, but I finally met someone in a wheelchair, so at least I covered the lame part of Jesus’ assignment.”

‘People were enthusiastic, as if they had been waiting to put the words of Jesus into practice’

To remove any barriers, Jan mentioned in the invitation that the guests didn’t have to bring a present, as he already had everything. He then rented a meeting place and asked the folks in his church to give him a hand to prepare a great meal. “People were enthusiastic, as if they had been waiting to put the words of Jesus into practice,” Jan says. “A band spontaneously volunteered to play live music. One lady baked a cake, another made nasi and it all started to come together.”

But meanwhile, Jan was nervous, wondering if the invited guests would really show up.
[Edit: You could involve family and friends as helpers and servers, not invited guests.]

‘The party room filled up with the most exotic characters’

The day of his birthday came, and the party room filled up with the most exotic characters one can imagine. “I had to admit that Jesus was right: you will be very happy when you invite people to your party who can’t return the favor,” says Jan. “A house packed with people who normally don’t get invited to a birthday. It breaks your heart.”

“A lady named Cora came to tell me that this was the first birthday party she was invited to since her youth. Now she was welcomed to the anniversary of the pastor, with an abundance of food and drinks. For Cora this was heaven. And for me too – I laughed and beamed of joy all afternoon, like a monkey on big pile of bananas. How improbably cool this was, and above all how simple.”

For Jan no more ordinary birthdays. “The ‘Luke 14 parties’ acknowledge the Bulgarian street paper vendor with two teeth in his mouth. And the middle-aged woman with HIV as a result of a rather rough lifestyle. And the Palestinian-Syrian refugee who desecrated Ramadan to attend the party. And the regular man in his fifties with a low IQ who showed up an hour before the party on his bicycle, with expectant eyes.”

With which mission of Jesus would you get started? ~ Just to test whether his words are really true.

Source: Jan Wolsheimer
Joel News International 1010 | 10/04/2016


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Revival in Fiji – special invitation


Revival in Fiji, a Special Invitation

Truly the hand of the Lord is upon this land the Fijians like to call “God’s treasured possession.” Having spent nearly two decades documenting God’s transforming handiwork around the world, I am convinced that Melanesia, and Fiji in particular, is the epicenter of modern day revival.


Miracles upon the land are everywhere

Trees that never stop bearing fruit. Poisoned rivers that instantly turn pure. Bleached reefs that return to vibrant life and color. And SO much more! 

But I want you to see it for yourself! This is the Kingdom of God on full exhibit. I am inviting you to join me this November for an eight-day visit to the Fiji Islands. This is not a vacation — it is much, much more!

  • Visit the Yasawa Island group where God has been doing wonders
  • Meet the Healing the Land team whose members are drawn from communities that have already seen spiritual awakening
  • Attend a two-day gathering where ambassadors from recently visited communities will testify of the Father’s mighty works
  • Potentially meet with members of the Olympic champion rugby team

Space is limited, but there is still time to reserve your place. I urge you to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

For more information contact Carol Saia at:
Email: sentinelcarol@gmail.com
Phone in USA: (425) 971-8586 or (800) 668-5657


Who can forget the inspiring sight of Fiji’s Olympic rugby team, huddled in a circle at the end of their gold medal-winning match against Great Britain, and singing in glorious island harmony, 
“We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of the Lord.”

This spiritual acknowledgment — televised around the world — might well have been spoken of the nation as a whole.

Many countries, especially those as small as the Fiji Islands, carry on for hundreds of years without registering a single instance of transforming revival. But Fiji, from the early 2000s, has yielded these stories like a bumper crop of succulent fruit.


Thousands have been saved since the nation’s late president Josefa Iloilo commissioned a revival torch that has since been carried into every town and island group. Former cannibals have repented to the descendants of Wesleyan missionaries who lost their lives carrying the gospel into the interior. Former firewalkers have repented of their attachment to dark spirits. Idol worshippers have broken their hand-fashioned deities and burned them in communal bonfires.


See also

21st Century Revivals: Transforming Revivals – includes Fiji

Transforming Revivals in the South Pacific:
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji

 Fiji scenes – dedicating the sea to God, burning artifacts, celebration feast.

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