Central Thai

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

The Royal Kingdom of Thailand (which means Land of the Free) was founded in 1238 in a declaration of independence from Khmer overlords. Bordered by Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Malaysia, the country also boasts coastlines on the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Thailand exports large quantities of Jasmin rice, silk cloth, silver and silver jewelry, wicker weaving, cabbage, herbs, and naturally dyed cotton. Open-air markets carry plenty of fresh produce at good prices, and vegetarian restaurants abound. The political climate is peaceful, and temperatures range between 60 and 100 degrees year-round.

Thailand is a deeply Buddhist nation with over 92 percent of its population espousing the Buddhist faith. Missionaries have had very little success at penetrating this massive “spiritual wall.” Only about 1.6 percent of the Thai population is Christian. There are 37 Seventh-day Adventist churches in Thailand, most of which are in northern Thailand. Khon Kaen—the focus of the Central Thai Project—has no Seventh-day Adventist presence.

About the Project

The primary goal of the AFM missionaries on the Central Thai Project is to establish an indigenous church-planting movement among Thai Buddhists in Central Thailand. To reach this goal, they live closely among the people, learn the Thai language, study local culture and religion, and build deep friendships. Using what they learn, they will craft evangelistic materials for the Thai Buddhist context. Their aim is to share Christianity in a way that leads to conversions that are deeply meaningful and lasting. Local converts will be discipled to become leaders in the first church that is planted, and trained to plant new churches. In this way, the end result will be a locally led new-born Adventist Christian movement that continues expanding God’s kingdom in Thailand.

In 2014, the Northern Khmer Project merged with the Central Thai project to begin a multifaceted ministry to Thai Buddhists in Khon Kaen. The newly enlarged team runs a music school and is also focusing on creating worship music and outreach materials carefully crafted to reach Thai Buddhist hearts.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 67 million
  • Language: Thai
  • Religion: Buddhism

Frontier Stories

Meet Alison Tumberg

I miss seeing all my friends at church and shopping with my mommy. But one thing I have really enjoyed is going to the train station and passing out food to all the people there who have lost their jobs.

By: Alison Tumberg
July 01 2020, 9:10 am | Comments 0

A New Friend and a Worn-Out Shoe

We are hoping to grow a deeper friendship with this lady and be a blessing to her. Will you please pray for her?

By: Lina Aleman
July 01 2020, 9:08 am | Comments 0

Other-Worldly Peace

We will truly be “a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men” (1 Cor. 4:9). It is my prayer that we all can experience God’s true other-worldly peace no matter what situation we find ourselves in so that others can be drawn to Him.

By: Kyle Tumberg
June 01 2020, 3:31 pm | Comments 0

A Chain Reaction of Grace

We thank all of you, our church family, who have played a key part in God’s chain reaction of grace by giving so generously to help the spiritually and financially poor know that Jesus and His church love them, too!

By: Christopher Sorensen
June 01 2020, 8:23 am | Comments 0

Waiting on the Lord

Please keep us in your prayers so that we can learn the Thai language and the culture quickly as we continue to build trust with those around us.

By: Claudette Aleman
May 01 2020, 4:45 pm | Comments 0

Other-Worldly Peace

As I watch the coronavirus crisis unfold in Thailand and around the world, I have found myself reflecting on the idea of having peace in the midst of a storm.

By: Kyle Tumberg
April 20 2020, 11:09 am | Comments 0

Starting Conversations

God wants us to bring happiness to people who are constantly being bullied by Satan.

By: Claudette Aleman
April 01 2020, 2:02 pm | Comments 0

Health Seminar

I took comfort in the fact that ultimately God was in control and that He must have big plans for these meetings.

By: Kyle Tumberg
April 01 2020, 9:37 am | Comments 0

The Adventure

The Khon Kaen project has a lot to thank the SMs for as they advance God’s work here with an impact for eternity.

By: Claudette Aleman
February 25 2020, 2:26 pm | Comments 0

Just the Beginning

So pray for the missionaries—not just the ones out in different countries, but the ones all around you in your schools, your churches, your neighborhoods. Also pray that God will strengthen your witness. Wherever you are, you’re a missionary, too.

By: Christopher Viar
February 25 2020, 1:15 pm | Comments 0

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