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This year marks three years since Thai Government officials started using publications by Jehovah’s Witnesses as part of the national initiative to educate the public officials on how to address some key social issues. These issues include prevention of domestic violence, effective parenting, and improving physical and mental health.

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These government’s national education initiatives are orchestrated and implemented at over 8,700 regional Community Learning Centers that are spread across the country. The government has also set up 11 Community Development Learning Centers (CDLC), whose main focus is to train the community leaders.

The director of CDLC in Nakhon Nayok province Chaiwat Saengsri, says the goal of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is very clear and aims at helping the people and communities get to know their Creator. This is the same goal that CDLC has; assisting the community in raising their standards in the quest for peace and better quality life.

Mr. Chaiwat also requested the Jehovah’s Witnesses make their publications available during the SMART Leader seminar. This seminar seeks to bring together 20 instructors and 100 community leaders from 28 provinces, who will receive training on community building and leadership.

The spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thailand Anthony Petratyotin says, “We are happy to know that community leaders are making such good use of the Bible-based advice found in our publications. We will continue to make our literature available to officials, along with our primary means of distribution—our public ministry.”

Some of the publications that have been used include the

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Magazine article, “How to Avoid Hurtful Speech”. This article was used to teach the community leaders on how to handle conflict in marriage without unleashing a torrent of hurtful words whenever a conflict arises.

The publication seeks to explain why conflict in a marriage happens, and what can be done to end it without necessarily using words that will end up hurting the spouse. Some of the suggested ways to avoid using hurtful words include showing empathy, being respectful, reviving the feeling the couple once shared, avoiding verbal attacks, postponing a discussion when tempers begin to flare.

Another article, “

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” helps the participants in dealing with domestic violence by understanding the prevalence of domestic violence cases, why this happens, and what can be done to stop it.

The publication offers practical advice that can help violent spouses change their behavior. The education has helped many spouses replace violence with kindness and respect. Violent spouses learn how to treat their better half, and eventually become witnesses that domestic violence can stop. The publication teaches about honor, mildness, and self-control, and condemns abusive speech in marriage.



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How Thai officials are using group’s magazines to develop communities

Residents of Thailand are being educated with some help from the popular Awake! magazine.

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Communities in Thailand are currently enjoying some development, and its all thanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Reportedly, the popular Awake! magazine is being used by government officials to address social issues.

According to the religious group’s official website, Community Development Learning Centers (CDLC) use these publications to inform public officials on important topics.

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Why Thailand officials use JehovahÂ’s Witnesses magazines

These topics include effective parenting, domestic violence, mental and physical health.

Chaiwat Saengsri, director of the CDLC in Nakhon Nayok province, northeast of Bangkok, explains this initiative.

In his words: “I’m impressed by the Witnesses because the goal of their work is very clear. It is to help communities and people progress in getting to know the Creator. We have a common goal to assist our community in raising their standards so they can have peace and a better quality of life."

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“For example, the Awake! magazine article ‘How to Avoid Hurtful Speech’ [features] a topic that the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is trying to teach to our community leaders. We found this article very helpful in training them.” 

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Reacting to this high praise, Anthony Petratyotin, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thailand, states: “We are happy to know that community leaders are making such good use of the Bible-based advice found in our publications. We will continue to make our literature available to officials, along with our primary means of distribution?—?our public ministry.”

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Jehovah’s Witnesses have been urged to make their publications available during the SMART Leader seminar on leadership and community building. 

January 2018 marks the third year since Thai officials started using the WitnessesÂ’ publications.

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      publications by Jehovah’s Witnesses as part of the national initiative
      to educate the public officials on how to address some key social
      issues. These issues include prevention of domestic violence, effective
      parenting, and improving physical and mental health.
      These government’s national education initiatives are orchestrated and
      implemented at over 8,700 regional Community Learning Centers that are
      spread across the country. The government has also set up 11 Community
      Development Learning Centers (CDLC), whose main focus is to train the
      community leaders.
      The director of CDLC in Nakhon Nayok province Chaiwat Saengsri, says the
      goal of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is very clear and aims at helping the
      people and communities get to know their Creator. This is the same goal
      that CDLC has; assisting the community in raising their standards in the
      quest for peace and better quality life.
      Mr. Chaiwat also requested the Jehovah’s Witnesses make their
      publications available during the SMART Leader seminar. This seminar
      seeks to bring together 20 instructors and 100 community leaders from 28
      provinces, who will receive training on community building and leadership.
      The spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thailand Anthony Petratyotin
      says, “We are happy to know that community leaders are making such good
      use of the Bible-based advice found in our publications. We will
      continue to make our literature available to officials, along with our
      primary means of distribution—our public ministry.”
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      without unleashing a torrent of hurtful words whenever a conflict arises. The publication seeks to explain why conflict in a marriage happens, and
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      understanding the prevalence of domestic violence cases, why this
      happens, and what can be done to stop it. The publication offers practical advice that can help violent spouses
      change their behavior. The education has helped many spouses replace
      violence with kindness and respect. Violent spouses learn how to treat
      their better half, and eventually become witnesses that domestic
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      The publication teaches about honor, mildness, and self-control, and
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