Asia Mission Report: Thailand and Nepal

Dec 07, 2002 09:19 AM EST

Thailand -- Security officials say anti-terrorism crackdowns in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines may force Muslim extremists to seek safer havens and develop logistical bases in Thailand and Myanmar. Due to existing persecution their people have reported, FARMS International's Steve Salowitz explains they are concerned about the report. "In one of the nations bordering Thailand, the people have actually drawn the attention of the government because of the economic boost that our program has given them...and that isn't necessarily good in that respect." Because of the import, Salowitz says they are investigating the reports further. "If that's happening, then it could have an impact on our rural programs because it seems as though these insurgents tend to gravitate towards rural areas because they have more freedom to do what they want. So, I haven't heard of anything specifically related to Thailand, but there is a potential that our programs could be impacted in the rural areas."

Nepal -- The Supreme Court in Nepal has postponed the appeal of a Nepalese missionary accused of murder. Originally scheduled for late November, there is no new date. Gospel For Asia's Manja Tamang faces twenty years in prison for a crime that he did not commit. Pray that his appeal will be heard soon and be successful. Pray also for his wife and two young children who are living in a home for families of persecuted GFA missionaries in Nepal.

By Albert H. Lee
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