Tonya & Jared Wright

The Wrights previously lived and worked with the Gorkha people of India and Nepal from 2007 to 2013. Now they serve the 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

No Sailing Without Wind

In our mission to help the children and caregivers in our community learn that Jesus is a real person who cares about their lives, we regularly read Bible stories to them and then ask them what God wants them to learn from the story to make their lives better.

By: Jared Wright
June 01 2022, 9:27 am | Comments 0

Right Place, Right Time

Please join us by pledging your support so that we can continue to come alongside and care for the kids and families here in Thailand.

By: Jared Wright
May 01 2022, 9:59 am | Comments 0

Days of Trouble

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come . . . Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken . . .
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 6, 7)

By: Jared Wright
March 01 2022, 9:10 am | Comments 0

Ready to Bloom

I was so surprised. Before that, I had wondered if I, as his teacher, was making any difference in Tawan’s life. At that moment, I realized that with God’s help, I had assisted Tawan in learning the most important lesson of all—that Jesus is our friend.

By: Nilubon Srisai
March 01 2022, 8:09 am | Comments 0

Frost and Fern

A few months ago, we heard from Frost’s and Fern’s mother that the girls’ school had been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing pandemic in Thailand, cutting them off from their teachers and friends. Learning that, Teacher Tonya prepared a large packet of fun learning activities for them, and I purchased a copy of a beautifully illustrated Thai children’s Bible.

By: Jared Wright
January 01 2022, 3:07 pm | Comments 0

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