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

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


Now, we often ask Sailaap to help the younger students at our school with their math homework because she has begun to value the effort and believe that she can teach someone else.

By: Jared Wright
December 01 2021, 11:56 am | Comments 0

Planting Youth & Reaping Movements

He was lying in the hospital, seriously injured and afraid that he might die, he told us that he saw a man dressed all in white, who was shining, and he came to him and comforted him. He believes that man was Jesus.

By: Jared Wright
November 01 2021, 8:11 am | Comments 0

New Sky City

Life for Jasmine is messy. We do our best to bring some order into the chaos that is her reality, and we are starting to see the results.

By: Jared Wright
September 01 2021, 9:43 am | Comments 0

Home Visits

“Appreciate when things go awry. It makes for a better story to share later.” – Simon Sinek

By: Jared Wright
August 01 2021, 9:11 am | Comments 0

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