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

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

A Thai Thanksgiving

Please continue to pray for the work here in Thailand and especially for our new friends.

By: Claudette & René Aleman
February 01 2020, 2:31 pm | Comments 0

Meet Cherry

Please pray that God would continue to guide and bless them as they seek to minister to the hurting and wounded people of this city.

By: Kyle Tumberg
February 01 2020, 1:58 pm | Comments 0

Up the Mountain

It was sweet to be able to experience the victory as a group. I couldn’t help but think of what it will be like to celebrate on Mount Zion someday with harps and crowns.

By: Kyle Tumberg
January 01 2020, 9:21 am | Comments 0

Forgetting But Not Forgotten

Mr. Dorman, I can’t wait to hug you again and introduce you to all the Thai people you have helped to bring into God’s kingdom as you have supported and prayed for our work so faithfully.

By: Christopher Sorensen
January 01 2020, 8:42 am | Comments 0

We’re Here!

Please pray for our new friendships and for our language learning so we can become effective in the work God has called us to do here.

By: Claudette Aleman
January 01 2020, 8:32 am | Comments 0

Joining in God’s Work

Thank you for your support and prayers. In the great controversy in which we all live, we want to help people find victory in Jesus, the one and only God.

By: Claudette Aleman
December 01 2019, 4:08 pm | Comments 0

Tone:  A Man with a Plan

I’m also very excited to see Tone casting this vision for continual strategic growth and development of our current and future students! By God’s grace, this visionary leader’s dream will come true!

By: Christopher Sorensen
December 01 2019, 3:03 pm | Comments 0

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