Many of the adherents of Buddhism live in poverty. Children are sold to pay debts, alcoholism is a common problem, and life is a constant attempt to ‘make merit.’
When an opportunity arises to go to another country for work or education, young Buddhists grab ahold of it. Some can relocate with the help of a relative who has gone before them. Many young women will marry foreign nationals and go to their country.
Often, however, Buddhists get to their new location and find it very difficult to assimilate into the new culture. Language and customs are so different, and they are frequently ignored or sometimes discriminated against.
Buddhist temples may provide some familiar customs, but the monks can do little to relieve the loneliness and frustration.
Many of these people would be willing to discuss spiritual things if only someone would take the time.
How can you connect with Buddhists in your town to tell them your Jesus story and the Gospel message?