Vegetarian Festival ~ Please Pray!

It is now October and in Thailand this month  marks the time for the “great” Vegetarian Festival of 2009. Or in other words, marks one of the darkest spiritual times of the year in the country.

The Vegetarian Festival a.k.a. the Gin Jay Festival is celebrated by Buddhists of Chinese descent and is started with the raising of a pole at Chinese temples around the country which signal the nine gods (I’m not sure what these gods are) to come down to earth. This event is a very colorful and dramatic celebration which takes place during the first nine days of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The 9-day event is usually in late September or early October. During this time, devout Chinese Buddhists dress in white clothes, convert to vegetarians and observe a certain list of ten rules in order to purify their minds and bodies. Besides a strict vegetarian diet and temple offering, some other “(demonic) highlights” of the festival include acts of self -mortification such as climbing knife – blade ladders, walking on hot coals, a ritual of bridge – crossing and a street – procession in which mediums dressed in pink and are in a state of trance have their cheeks pierced and bodies spiked with various types of sharp objects. I will also mention that Brian said all of this is done without any bloodshed.

To me, all of this information makes me want to pray more and harder for the Thail people and for our team. Satan is always on the attack. I have already been experiencing some fear and both, Mary Beth and I, have been experiencing bad dreams. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but, Brian says things like these usually happen even more during this time of the year as results from such strong demonic forces around us. But, we know that we are children of the Most High God and we will not give in to these attacks. Please pray for us!

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