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

When the Wall Fell

The mother’s face had a painfully stoic look. Although she was doing her best to be cordial, I sensed her grief. What was she thinking?
What must she be feeling? My heart went out to her. 

By: Kyle Tumberg
July 01 2019, 9:10 am | Comments 0

Traveling Light

We are excited that this fall we will be in Thailand to share this liberating, life-changing message of salvation and God’s love.

By: Claudette Aleman
July 01 2019, 8:30 am | Comments 0

Ice in the Water

The gospel truly has the power to conquer all opposition, and we rejoice in the bold stand Ice has made.

By: Kyle Tumberg
April 01 2019, 9:27 am | Comments 0

Teaching Love

It is my hope that my students and their families will someday look back at their time with me and be able to say, “This person made an impact on my life. She showed me a taste of God’s love.”

By: Zoe Shiu
March 01 2019, 9:39 am | Comments 0

Phii Tiim

Communication hurdles, busy schedules, feelings of inadequacy, or any other complication cannot impede God’s ability and power to truly touch lives.

By: Karina Brinckhaus
March 01 2019, 8:50 am | Comments 0

More Kids for the Kingdom

We now feel more strongly than ever that the time is at hand when we must enlarge our tent.

By: Christopher Sorensen
February 01 2019, 4:19 am | Comments 0

God’s House

Although we don’t know where we will end up, we are confident that the same God who led us to just the right spot more than five years ago can do the same thing for us again.

By: Kyle Tumberg
February 01 2019, 4:08 am | Comments 0

Answers to Prayer

I am more and more convinced of the power of prayer, and I am grateful for the many people who have prayed for us and for our work. May we continue to pray earnestly and expectantly!

By: Kyle Tumberg
January 01 2019, 5:59 am | Comments 0

Kat

We continued to pray for Kat, but I didn’t have much hope that she would come back to God. Thankfully, He didn’t give up on her.

By: Kyle Tumberg
December 01 2018, 5:26 am | Comments 0

Where Were You?

I urge you to plead with God to make you an agent of change wherever you are. May the Lord stir our souls and give us the courage to take an active role in stemming the tide of evil that is engulfing our world.

By: Kyle Tumberg
November 01 2018, 9:43 am | Comments 0

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