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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 reasonable prices, and vegetarian restaurants abound. Temperatures range between 60 and 100 degrees year-round, and the political climate is peaceful.

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. AFM missionaries live closely among the people, learn the Thai language, study local culture and religion, and build deep friendships to reach this goal. 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 planted and trained to plant new churches. In this way, the result will be a locally-led newborn Adventist Christian movement that continues expanding God’s kingdom in Thailand.

People-Group Facts

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

Frontier Stories

Someone Cares

In our ministry, we try every day to help our students understand in a practical way that God is a real person who loves them and is involved in their lives—to know that they are not alone and not ignored, and that Someone is always there to care for them.

By: Jared Wright
April 01 2021, 11:33 am | Comments 0


Long ago, the Psalmist wrote, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. . . . How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalm 139:16-17 NLT). We believe that God’s thoughts for Chang and his family are precious and that He sees all their potential.

By: Jared Wright
March 01 2021, 2:31 pm | Comments 0

Sister Tan

Please pray for Sister Tan. We believe that God has plans to use her to start a people movement in her community that will help guide many to a deep connection with their Creator.

By: Jared Wright
December 01 2020, 9:33 am | Comments 0

The Seed

Engaging children’s imagination and creativity is an important part of the work we do in our community. It is our hope and prayer that the seeds we plant in children’s hearts will grow into mighty trees point to heaven.

By: Jared Wright
October 01 2020, 10:57 am | Comments 0

Listen More, Speak Less

We want to speak less and listen more. We want to learn before we act.

By: Jared Wright
September 01 2020, 8:57 am | Comments 0

Reading to Children

Please pray for our team here in Thailand that we will be able to inspire caregivers in the community and model for them how to engage more actively with their children’s development.

By: Jared Wright
August 01 2020, 5:04 pm | Comments 0

Showing Our Love

We were proud of how Justus and Jon Marc showed their love for Ming and Mod when their father died.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
July 01 2020, 9:12 am | Comments 0

Escaping the Trap

We invite you to invest in the futures of the children and families we serve here in Thailand by making a pledge of support to our ministry to reach the unreached Isan people of northeast Thailand.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
May 01 2020, 4:37 pm | Comments 0

Educating in Wisdom

Please consider partnering with us as we help prevent bullying and educate the children and youth we work with here in Thailand about how to use social media and technology wisely.

By: Tonya & Jared Wright
April 01 2020, 9:43 am | Comments 0

Shared Sorrow

I’ve heard it said that people often forget what you say or do, but they always remember how you made them feel.

By: Keren Gomez & Jared Wright
February 25 2020, 1:24 pm | Comments 0

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