There have been missionaries in Thailand for almost 400 years. Despite this, only .5%, one half of one percent, are Evangelical Christians. Evangelical Christians are bible believing, faith practicing Christians. Of the missionaries already in Thailand, a majority find themselves in the NW region of Thailand, around Chaing Mai. This is subsequently where a majority of Thai Christians are found. Unfortunately, this means that so much of the countries is left unengaged. Of the 114 people groups in Thailand, 73% are unreached and unengaged. This means that there are few to no Christians amongst them and that there is no active plan to reach them. In fact, 2 of the largest unreached people groups in the world are found in Thailand, the Central Thai and Isaan people groups. Thailand has been called one of the hardest grounds in the world.
Unfortunately, these stats speak to the spiritual climate of Ta Phraya, a small city located on the Thai-Cambodian border. The city of Ta Phraya has about 15K people and is surrounded by several small villages. The Christian presence in the area is near non-existent. The good news is that nestled in the heart of one of the villages is the newly planted Ta Phraya church. Made up of just a handful of families, the church has committed themselves to sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God in a city in great need. Many exciting things are happening at the church and we are excited to get to share those with you in the months to come.