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King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand – the End of a 70 Year Reign

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Thai flag flying at half staff. Chiang Mai City Hall, Thailand. October 14, 2016. Photo: Legacy Institute

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, age 88, died today at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

The king has been in the hospital off and on for over 10 years fighting sometimes serious illnesses.  He was currently hospitalized for an operation to widen his heart arteries.  He was not able to recover.

King Bhumibol has reigned for over 70 years and was the longest reigning monarch in the world until his death.  It is difficult to imagine Thailand without King Bhumibol.

The Thai nation is in deep mourning for their beloved king.  As soon as his death was announced, the thousands surrounding the hospital to pray for him burst into tears and wails.  He will be sorely missed.

I have had the honor of meeting the king on numerous occasions and have actually traveled with him during some of his visits to poor rural villages to inspect projects he initiated to raise the quality of life of his subjects.  He was a brilliant man,  I would say a kind of Renaissance Man who was born in the United States and trained in engineering in Switzerland.  He invented several clever inventions, including a patented method of seeding clouds to produce rain.  He was a philosopher who lectured at length on what he called, “Sufficiency Economics”,  basically a philosophy of living that one should provide enough for one’s own needs and the family’s needs, and then give to others who were needy.  It is philosophy based on GIVE and not GREED.  He was also a painter and accomplished Jazz clarinet player who wrote some very noteworthy songs.  Throughout his career as king, he visited every province in his kingdom, accompanied by his wife, Queen Sirikit, and other members of his family.  He single-handedly halted opium production in Thailand by teaching the hill tribes that they could make more money growing fruits and vegetables instead of opium.  One could write a book about his many accomplishments.

I have been asked who will now reign.  The answer is that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the king’s 63-year-old son, is heir apparent.

Please pray for the royal family during this time of transition.  It will be difficult for Thailand.  I know your prayers will be much appreciated by the royal household and our many Thai friends.

T.  Leon Sexton

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30 extra persons to attend FOT in Myanmar (Burma)

Hello Fellow laborers,

There is a group of about 30 persons including children from a non-alligned COG group that has contacted us and wants to join us for the Feast of Tabernacles in Jawk Tang, located east of Taungoo in Central Burma.  They are from an area south of Rangoon (Yangon) called the Delta.  This will nearly double the size of the Feast!  So if you have extra tithe, please remember Legacy will have to feed now over 60 people for the Feast.  We will also need to buy extra bedding, plates and other eating utensils.  Please send 2nd Tithes and other offerings to:

Legacy Institute, P.O. Box 575, Monrovia, CA 91016.

Thank you for remembering your brethren in Burma.

In Jesus’ service,


T. Leon Sexton

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