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

But a Short Time

We praise God that, over and above it all, He is still watching over his children, protecting them and strengthening them to serve Him as His work draws ever nearer to its close!

By: Christopher Sorensen
November 01 2017, 10:30 am | Comments 1


May the Lord open our eyes to the needs of those around us who feel alone and abandoned, and may we have wisdom to know how to reveal His unfailing love to them.

By: Kyle Tumberg
October 01 2017, 1:02 pm | Comments 1

Clogged Pipes and Clean Vessels

Is your life helping to quench their thirst, or is something clogging your pipes?

By: Kyle Tumberg
September 01 2017, 6:11 am | Comments 1

The God Who Is Near

“You know,” he said, “I’m sure your God is good. But for us, the Buddha is near, and your God is so far away.”

By: Christopher Sorensen
August 01 2017, 9:27 am | Comments 0

The Opportunity

I praise God for how He is touching Mam’s heart and creating in her a desire to know Him.

By: kyle Tumberg
July 01 2017, 7:31 am | Comments 0


Anna I and welcomed Pear into the family of Christ and told her how excited we were about her decision.

By: Kyle Tumberg
June 01 2017, 6:33 am | Comments 0

The Monkey and the Key

How much greater is the joy that all heaven experiences when God’s wandering children are brought home?

By: Christopher Sorensen
June 01 2017, 6:29 am | Comments 0

The Tension

God is moving in the lives of our neighbors, working miracles to reveal Himself.

By: Kyle Tumberg
May 01 2017, 7:24 am | Comments 0

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

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