Refugees from around the world come to Thailand hoping to obtain official refugee status. But in Bangkok, refugees are forced to live in the shadows, forbidden from working, and unable to speak the language, and in desperate need of basic necessities.
There are approximately 10,000 refugees in Bangkok, Thailand. They are from around the world, but the largest group is Christians from Pakistan. They choose to go to Bangkok, Thailand because obtaining a 60-day tourist visa is the quickest, cheapest way to escape Pakistan. They also choose Bangkok because a United Nations’ refugee headquarters is there, and if they receive official refugee status from the UN, the UN will try to find a new country that will host them. However, for new refugees, this process is estimated to last from 5-10 years.
Worse, as soon as their tourist visa expires, refugees are hunted down, and thrown in prison. If captured, they could be imprisoned indefinitely, or sent back to their homelands, where they face persecution or death.
So families of refugees are forced to live in the shadows, forbidden from working, and unable to speak the language, desperately seeking resources that will allow them to survive. They flock to churches, but the need is too overwhelming for them to effectively help all the families.
With no one to turn to, most refugees are forced into begging, or worse, in order to survive.
For refugees, it can feel like their sole purpose in life is just surviving.
However, we believe God brought them to Bangkok for a purpose, and that purpose goes beyond just staying alive. Jesus promises that he came “not just to give life, but to give it in abundance.” Our dream is for Christians to rise up and enable refugees to have an abundant, purposeful life in Bangkok.
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