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Thailand

The story of Protestant Christian missionary work in this Buddhist land is one of repeated disappointments and frustration. Yet it has enjoyed the services of some outstanding missionaries. Karl Gutzlaff,* a German, was one of the first two to arrive in 1828. In less than three years he saw the Bible completely, though imperfectly, translated into Thai, and he produced a grammar and dictionary. But his wife and infant twin daughters died in 1831, and he himself had to leave the country, apparently in a dying condition. In all, sixty-one missionaries have died on this field.