Tonya & Jared Wright

The Wrights previously lived and worked with the Gorkha people of India and Nepal from 2007 to 2013. Now they serve Isan Buddhists of Thailand along with their sons, Justus and Jon Marc.

Tonya comes from a family of missionaries. Her grandparents and great-grandparents served as missionaries in Africa, South America, and South-East Asia. Tonya grew up hearing stories about far away jungles and the wild frontiers of frontline mission work. Tonya and Jared met in Micronesia while serving as student missionaries at the mission school on the island of Yap in 2002 and 2003. After returning to the US and marrying, Tonya and Jared were sponsored by their church in Lincoln, Nebraska, Allon Chapel, to travel to Rwanda in the summer of 2005 for evangelistic outreach. In 2006, after they both graduated from Union College, they made the decision to join Adventist Frontier Missions, having a deep desire in their hearts to go and reach the unreached.

Late in 2007, Jared and Tonya joined the Gorkha Project in Darjeeling, India. They worked alongside Jonathan and Karen Lovitt until 2012, helping to establish a church and English language school. After that, they served briefly among the Nepali people of Nepal in 2012 and 2013, helping to encourage and strengthen the believers in that region.

In 2014, Jared and Tonya moved to Thailand where they served with AFM in partnership with the Thai Adventist Mission as administrators and teachers at the mission school in Ubon Ratchathani for two years. In 2016, they transitioned to a new target community about 20 kilometers outside of the city of Ubon to start a children’s and youth ministry in the village of Baan Krasop. In September of 2018, they completed construction of the Little Explorers Creative Learning Center, which will serve as a center of influence for reaching the unreached Isan people of north-east Thailand. Our good friend Ming is assisting us with our kid’s church ministry and will be coordinating all of our programs and outreach activities for the creative learning center.

Frontier Stories

Crisis Breeds Connection

Jared and Ming liaised between ADRA Thailand, local government officials and community leaders, aid workers, and the SDA church and school in Ubon. Though we are saddened by the losses sustained by so many here in our corner of Thailand, this tragedy allowed us to establish many relationships and new connections.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
November 01 2019, 1:39 pm | Comments 0

Upsetting the World

When we see the kids and our friends here forming real relationships with Jesus, finding peace in their lives and truly beginning to understand that there is a God who loves them, we know it’s worth it.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
October 01 2019, 10:10 am | Comments 0

The Snake and the Promise

Thank you for continuing to pray for us and for the kids we minister to as we work to help them form a biblical worldview where they each can find their unique place in God’s plan to redeem our world.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
August 01 2019, 2:16 pm | Comments 0

Caught Doing Right

I think the apostle Paul had it right when he encouraged the believers in Philippi to focus on whatever is good and admirable (Philippians 4:8), and I personally believe this applies to people, too.

By: Jared Wright
July 01 2019, 9:08 am | Comments 0

Why Are We here?

With a biblical worldview, they no longer fear ghosts or spirits or use charms and magic to protect themselves from those forces. They feel safe knowing that Jesus is watching over them and guiding their lives.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
April 19 2019, 9:24 am | Comments 0

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