If you haven’t already heard, the Thailand military declared martial law in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after months of anti-government protests and unrest, taking control of TV stations and patrolling the streets of Bangkok, but denied they are staging a coup d’etat.

If you want to follow the situation in Thailand, The Guardian has a live play-by-play feed that I recommend.

We live in the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. After over 15 years in China, we transitioned to Thailand as the ministry of Within Reach Global expands throughout Southeast Asia.

Chiang Mai is known for it’s massive tourism industry, and is a family friendly city in Southeast Asia. It is also a strategic missionary center, as numerous missions agencies and non profit organizations are based here.

At this moment, we are safe, and do not sense extreme danger. But as Thailand is presently under martial law, we ask you to pray for our family, and for the civil unrest of this nation.

 

A Thai anti-government protester blows a whistle in a show-of-money march through the streets of Bangkok on Monday. Thailand's political crisis deepened overnight as the army declared martial law early Tuesday. SAKCHAI LALIT / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A Thai anti-government protester blows a whistle in a show-of-money march through the streets of Bangkok on Monday. Thailand’s political crisis deepened overnight as the army declared martial law early Tuesday. SAKCHAI LALIT / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The military said it was taking the dramatic step in the interests of law and order. REUTERS

The military said it was taking the dramatic step in the interests of law and order. REUTERS

Residents stop to take a photograph of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok. Photograph: Kiko Rosario)/AP Top photograph: ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

Residents stop to take a photograph of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok. Photograph: Kiko Rosario)/AP
Top photograph: ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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