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

The Flooded Cave and God’s Great Rescue

May God help us all not to grow weary in this rescue mission, wasting our time on worldly distractions or, worse yet, fighting among ourselves. Our mission is urgent!

By: Christopher Sorensen
September 01 2018, 9:35 am | Comments 0


Please pray for Yod and his parents, and pray that our church and school will truly reflect God’s character so that many others will be drawn to the Savior.

By: Kyle Tumberg
August 01 2018, 6:14 am | Comments 0

Untapped Resource

I give God the glory for how He is tapping into untapped resources and calling our Filipino members to serve as missionaries for Him.

By: Kyle Tumberg
July 01 2018, 7:26 am | Comments 0

Starting to Fly

It is exciting to see Nok beginning to “fly” in her walk with God.

By: Kyle Tumberg
June 01 2018, 5:45 am | Comments 0

The Miracle of Raat

Please join me in praying that Raat will continue to allow God’s miraculous power to work in His life.

By: Kyle Tumberg
May 01 2018, 5:00 am | Comments 0

The Impact of a Student Missionary

I have been inspired by their sacrifice and service. May the Lord continue to touch hearts and impact lives through these servants of His!

By: Kyle Tumberg
March 01 2018, 3:56 am | Comments 0

God is At Work

God is watering these seeds, and I believe they will bloom in His time.

By: Miriam Bernstein
March 01 2018, 3:39 am | Comments 0

Walking With God

I am alive with excitement as I wait to see how God will continue to bless this simple yet powerful method.

By: Karina Brinckhaus
March 01 2018, 3:32 am | Comments 1

Wanted: Musical Missionaries!

The call for mission-minded, Spirit-filled musicians is growing louder all over Thailand.

By: Christopher Sorensen
March 01 2018, 3:26 am | Comments 0

The Farmer and the Fortune Teller

I truly believe that God is working earnestly for Pi Eat and his family, but the spiritual battle is still very real.

By: Kyle Tumberg
February 01 2018, 7:12 am | Comments 0

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