Isan of Northeast Thailand

  • 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. Hua Hin—the focus of the Southern Thai Project—has no Seventh-day Adventist presence. **

About the Project

The primary goal of the AFM missionaries on the Isan Buddhists project is to establish an indigenous church-planting movement among the Isan Buddhists in 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.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 67 million
  • Language: Thai
  • Religion: Buddhism

Frontier Stories

The Snake and the Promise

Thank you for continuing to pray for us and for the kids we minister to as we work to help them form a biblical worldview where they each can find their unique place in God’s plan to redeem our world. 

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
August 01 2019, 2:16 pm | Comments 1

Caught Doing Right

I think the apostle Paul had it right when he encouraged the believers in Philippi to focus on whatever is good and admirable (Philippians 4:8), and I personally believe this applies to people, too.

By: Jared Wright
July 01 2019, 9:08 am | Comments 0

Why Are We here?

With a biblical worldview, they no longer fear ghosts or spirits or use charms and magic to protect themselves from those forces. They feel safe knowing that Jesus is watching over them and guiding their lives.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
April 19 2019, 9:24 am | Comments 0

Building a Children’s Movement

As she was watching, Boonsri leaned up against Teacher Ming and said, “I love Jesus.”

By: Keren Gomez Mora
March 01 2019, 11:09 am | Comments 0

Lamoon

Like all the kids we work with, Lamoon holds a special place in our hearts, and we know that Jesus loves him, too.

By: Jared Wright
February 01 2019, 3:46 am | Comments 0

Malee

Please continue to pray that, through our learning center, we can help change the trajectory of Malee’s life.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
January 01 2019, 6:40 am | Comments 0

Somkit

I pray that Somkit will find the ultimate answer to that longing in the Love and acceptance of our Savior.

By: Jared Wright
December 01 2018, 5:20 am | Comments 0

Building the Temple of God

By faith, we can see that God is working through us to raise up a body of believers, a living, breathing temple for Him to dwell in.

By: Jared Wright
November 01 2018, 11:38 am | Comments 0

A Gift of Light

God used that opportunity to show me the kindness and care of the people around me—His gift to me of community, family and friends.

By: Keren Gomez Mora
November 01 2018, 9:48 am | Comments 0

He Never Forgets

We know that Jesus promised that He will never forget about us or leave us behind. We want all the children and families in the village to know Jesus and to know that He is coming to get them soon.

By: Jared Wright
July 01 2018, 10:10 am | Comments 6

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