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

High-Yield, Long-term Investments

Friendships here on earth that include Jesus are so sweet! And churches full of such friendships are so warm and happy, they grow spontaneously.

By: Christopher Sorensen
April 01 2017, 10:00 am | Comments 0

Divine Appointment

I am learning more and more that if I keep my heart in tune with God’s Spirit, He will open doors.

By: Kyle Tumberg
February 01 2017, 3:33 am | Comments 0

Ali’s First Year

We are grateful for the ways God has been using Ali to touch the hearts of Thai people.

By: Kyle Tumberg
January 01 2017, 11:07 am | Comments 0

Thailand Needs Music Teachers

We need you! God has gifted you with music for such a time as this!

By: Christopher Sorensen
January 01 2017, 5:38 am | Comments 0


We have the sacred responsibility to bring light to their dark corners of the world.

By: Kyle Tumberg
December 01 2016, 8:44 am | Comments 0

She Didn’t Let Go

There was no time for me to anchor onto anything secure, except … “Jesus, help me!

By: Christopher Sorensen
December 01 2016, 6:34 am | Comments 0

Following His Leading—Our New Role in AFM

We are thankful to continue working with AFM in a new role, and we look forward to continuing our adventure in this life that God has given us.

By: Alicia Palacios
November 01 2016, 6:56 am | Comments 0

From English to Jesus

I praise God for how He is creating an interest in Mam’s heart to know Him.

By: Kyle Tumberg
October 01 2016, 11:31 am | Comments 0

What Would You Absolutely Hate to Lose?

Dear God, help us remember that our neighbors across the street as well as the lost people around the world are not just nameless strangers, but Your own children.

By: Christopher Sorensen
October 01 2016, 9:40 am | Comments 0

Seeking Revival

I marveled at God’s timing and His loving gift to our church. He had held back the rain all day just for us.

By: Kyle Tumberg
September 01 2016, 6:51 am | Comments 0

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