Thailand: Pattaya Evening Part 2

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We turned to our left down a side alley leaving the beachfront behind us. Shortly thereafter we turned to our right down another alley and my eyes were immediately over stimulated with all the lights and flare of signs marking the entrance to Walking Street in Pattaya.

There is no way to prepare yourself mentally or emotionally for what is on this street. As far as the eye could see there were bars on each side of us with mostly men out in front with menus trying to get us to go into their establishment. I could see families walking down the middle of the alley with their small children in tow. Tourists groups were being led by tour guides with poles and a flag on the top for them to follow. Hundreds upon hundreds of men, mostly Caucasian, but other races as well, were all around us. I had to close my eyes and open them again thinking to myself “I am not seeing what I think I’m seeing. This can’t be real. Families with small children and tour groups going up and down Walking Street?”

Girls in costumed uniforms, which barely fit their bodies and didn’t leave much to the imagination, stood at each bar waiting for customers to come inside. The men, I mentioned previously with menus, were aggressively trying to get our attention by yelling out to us, blocking our pathways, and some shoved the menu right in our faces as we walked by.

This was no ordinary alley road and these menu were no menus I had seen before. The menus did not consist of drinks or food to be enjoyed. Instead, these menus listed sex acts for a price and girls or boys with numbers on them. Tourist police officers had booths set up at different assigned areas on the road and again I was puzzled at how normal people were acting this all was.

In Thailand, prostitution is illegal. In Thailand, seven out of ten tourist who go there, go as sex tourists. The corruption and control sex trafficking has on this beautiful country was evident and heartbreaking to witness. This problem is too big or profitable to be shut down without help from other countries in our world. Again I was reminded of what I heard earlier in the week which rang true even more so after all I was witnessing, “This is not a Thailand issue, but a world issue.”

What I was seeing before my eyes was not who and what Thailand used to be or was meant to be today. The depth of what it has become, started to a greater degree during and after the Vietnam war, and has grown exponentially over the years.

A few years ago, there was a group of individuals from Ireland on a missions trip to Pattaya, some which were part of a band called Bluetree. They had done similar work to what I was doing in Thailand, however, as a band they were able to get into one of the bars on Walking Street with a gig to play. All they had to do was promise they would bring twenty people with them to buy cokes to drink. They had a few hours to play and after they played their list of worship songs they knew, they began to play spontaneous songs, new songs, to the Lord. Out of this experience the song “God of this City” was created, which was later made popular by Chris Tomlin.

“God Of This City”

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

The words above are a prophetic proclamation of restoration and life for this beautiful city and nation. Please join me in praying for Thailand, for breakthrough, for changes in the government, for strongholds to be broken and for healing for all who are involved. Truly greater things are still to be done in the city of Pattaya.

#PrayforPattaya #StopSexTrafficking #PrayforThailand #NotForSale

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  1. Very eye-opening article! Thank you for bringing awareness to us through your blog. I did not know the origins of the song “God of This City”. Now, everytime I hear it or sing it, I will be praying for the people of Thailand to allow the Lord to come and “Open prison doors and set the captives free. “

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