Tonya & Jared Wright

We previously lived and worked with the Gorkha people of India and Nepal from 2007 to 2013. Now we serve the Isan Buddhists of Thailand along with our sons, Justus and Jon Marc. Our vision is to establish 2,500 multi-generational, spiritual family groups among the Isan Thai people of Ubon Ratchathani who have learned how to guide their communities into experiencing Jesus as a real person who cares about their lives. We want to form one spiritual family group for every village in Ubon Ratchathani province so all 1.9 million Isan Thai people in our province will be within walking distance of a spiritual family group modeling that the kingdom of God is near (Matthew 4:17). Our good friend and colleague, Nilubon Srisai, coordinates all of our programs and outreach activities in the community. She is a certified facilitator for trauma healing groups and is working to help families heal and grow.

About Us
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 serves as a center of influence for reaching the unreached Isan people of north-east Thailand.

Frontier Stories

Facing the Pain Together

Thank you for supporting the work of planting emotionally healthy spiritual family groups among the nearly 20 million Isan Thai people of northeast Thailand.

By: Jared Wright
May 01 2024, 4:15 pm | Comments 0

God Feels Anger, Too

Please continue to pray for our team as we seek to form spiritual family groups from those who have gone through the difficult but necessary work of trauma healing and liberation from false teachings that prevent them from experiencing the fullness of life that Jesus desires for them.

By: Jared Wright
April 01 2024, 8:30 am | Comments 0

Listen to Help Heal

We want to help them discover and unlock all the potential that God has created in them and train them to heal their communities. Pray that our team will learn to listen more and elevate others like Jesus did.

By: Jared Wright
February 01 2024, 10:26 am | Comments 0

Steadfast Momentum

As we look to the future, we also have hope because we know that we have the faithful support of God and our family and friends around the world.

By: Jared Wright
January 01 2024, 10:19 am | Comments 0

Healing Spaces

We believe that with your help, many families here in Thailand will be transformed and learn to delight in healthy relationships as God intended.

By: Jared Wright
October 01 2023, 10:42 am | Comments 0

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