King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 88 after a long illness. A year-long period of mourning was subsequently announced. Formal Thai customary mourning practices and his cremation are expected to take place in the future, possibly lasting beyond the official one-year period. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years, 126 days.
At their monthly meeting for fellowship and prayer on 1 November, the leaders of the Christ for All People Churches Association gathered at the Nong Khonkaen Church in Mukdahan province. They were all wearing black in mourning for King Rama the 9th.
They also took the opportunity to deliver food parcels to some of the needy folk of the town.
On Sunday 6 November, the congregation at Christian Mission Naratchakwai also took the opportunity to show their respect and love for their King, who had ruled the country for 70 years. They wrote on Facebook….
“Thank you God for our worshiping today. We mourn for the king today. So we dress in black for mourning.”