Country: Thailand

Number of People Groups

114

People Groups Unreached

83

Total Population

67,134,000

Unreached Population

66,043,000

% Christian Adherent

1.3%

% Evangelical

0.5 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Aheu Luang 900 Aheu Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Ake 400 Akeu E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Akha, Ikaw 57,000 Akha Christianity 90.0 % 2.0 %
 Americans, U.S. 20,000 English Christianity 78.0 % 28.0 %
 Bengal 34,000 Bengali Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bisu, Mbisu 700 Bisu E Ethnic Religions 0.8 % 0.0 %
 British 43,000 English Christianity 59.0 % 8.0 %
Bru, Western 23,000 Bru, Western Buddhism 1.0 % 0.9 %
 Bulang, Khon Do 1,300 Blang Buddhism 4.0 % 0.4 %
 Burmese, Bama 70,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.4 % 0.1 %
 Cham, Western 4,500 Cham, Western Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
 Chinese, general 5,498,000 Thai Buddhism 4.0 % 2.0 %
 Chong, Shong 600 Chong Buddhism 0.8 % 0.0 %
 Deaf Unknown Thai Sign Language Buddhism 1.0 % 0.9 %
 Eurasian 56,000 English Christianity 55.0 % 4.0 %
 French 4,000 French Christianity 61.0 % 1.0 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 38,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 9.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Hainanese 7,900 Chinese, Min Nan Non-Religious 8.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 77,000 Chinese, Hakka Non-Religious 8.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Min Bei 14,000 Chinese, Min Bei Non-Religious 8.0 % 2.0 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 1,452,000 Chinese, Min Nan Non-Religious 4.0 % 2.0 %
 Hmong Daw 35,000 Hmong Daw E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 5.0 %
 Hmong Njua 65,000 Hmong Njua E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 3.0 %
 Huay 600 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Hui, Panthay 74,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Isan, Northeastern Thai 17,805,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.4 % 0.2 %
 Iu Mien 44,000 Iu Mien E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.4 %
 Japanese 14,000 Japanese Buddhism 0.5 % 0.3 %
 Jew, Thai Speaking 200 Thai E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Karen, Black, Pa-O 800 Pa'o Buddhism 25.0 % 1.0 %
 Karen, Eastern Kayah 18,000 Kayah, Eastern E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 12.0 %
 Karen, Kayah 21,000 Kayah, Western Buddhism 28.0 % 2.0 %
 Karen, Padaung 2,700 Kayan Buddhism 25.0 % 1.5 %
 Karen, Pwo Rachaburi 2,800 Karen, Phrae Pwo E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 1.0 %
Karen, Pwo, Eastern 55,000 Karen, Pwo Eastern Christianity 70.0 % 3.0 %
Karen, Pwo, Northern 81,000 Karen, Pwo Northern E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.5 %
 Karen, Red, Bghai 2,100 Karen, Bwe E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 17.0 %
 Karen, S'gaw 202,000 Karen, S'gaw E Ethnic Religions 36.0 % 17.8 %
 Khmer, Central 63,000 Khmer, Central Buddhism 3.0 % 1.6 %
 Khmer, Northern 1,411,000 Khmer, Northern Buddhism 2.0 % 1.0 %
 Khmu 34,000 Khmu E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.1 %
 Kintaq Negrito, Kenta 100 Kintaq E Ethnic Religions 4.9 % 0.0 %
 Korean 7,100 Korean Buddhism 24.0 % 16.0 %
 Kui, Kuay, Suei 404,000 Kuy Buddhism 2.0 % 0.4 %
 Lahu 34,000 Lahu E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 3.0 %
 Lahu Shi, Yellow Lahu 15,000 Lahu Shi Buddhism 20.0 % 1.8 %
 Lamet, Khamet 200 Lamet E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.0 %
 Lao 18,000 Lao Buddhism 3.0 % 2.6 %
 Lao Ga 2,000 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lao Krang 56,000 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lao Lom 28,000 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lao Ngaew 34,000 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lao Phuan 202,000 Phuan Buddhism 1.5 % 0.1 %
Lao Song, Song 35,000 Thai Song Buddhism 1.0 % 0.9 %
 Lao Ti 200 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lao Wieng 55,000 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.6 % 0.6 %
 Lawa, Eastern / Northern 8,000 Lawa, Eastern Buddhism 1.4 % 0.2 %
 Lawa, Western 8,500 Lawa, Western Buddhism 16.0 % 2.0 %
 Lisu, Southern 40,000 Lisu Christianity 85.0 % 4.0 %
Lua', East Pua Pray 6,800 Lua' E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 1.7 %
 Mal, Khatin, T'in 4,800 Mal E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 1.0 %
Malay, Kedah 7,000 Malay, Kedah Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Malay, Melaju 696,000 Malay Islam 2.0 % 0.3 %
 Malay, Pattani 1,010,000 Malay, Pattani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Mlabri, Yumbri 400 Mlabri E Ethnic Religions 0.5 % 0.0 %
Moken 2,900 Moken E Ethnic Religions 0.3 % 0.0 %
Moklen 4,300 Moklen E Ethnic Religions 2.2 % 1.0 %
 Mon, Talaing 116,000 Mon E Ethnic Religions 0.5 % 0.0 %
 Mpi 1,000 Mpi Buddhism 1.0 % 0.1 %
 Nyahkur, Chaobon 1,600 Nyahkur E Ethnic Religions 1.7 % 1.7 %
 Nyaw, Yo 59,000 Nyaw Buddhism 1.0 % 0.0 %
Nyeu, Yeu 200 Nyeu E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Nyong, Yong 14,000 Yong Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Palaung, Silver, Pale 6,000 Palaung, Ruching Buddhism 0.2 % 0.0 %
 Phu Thai 475,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.6 % 0.1 %
 Phunoi 14,000 Phunoi E Ethnic Religions 0.5 % 0.1 %
 Prai, Phai 20,000 Prai E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.1 %
Pray 42,000 Pray 3 E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Punjabi 61,000 Panjabi, Eastern O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Rohingya 74,000 Rohingya Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Saek, Sek 13,000 Saek Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sakai, Mani 300 Kensiu E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.0 %
 Samtao 100 Samtao Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Shan, Tai Long 96,000 Shan Buddhism 0.4 % 0.4 %
 Sinhalese 70,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.0 % 1.0 %
 So 71,000 So Buddhism 1.0 % 0.5 %
 So Tri 6,900 Bru, Eastern E Ethnic Religions 1.4 % 0.4 %
Tai Bueng 6,300 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tai Dam, Black Tai 700 Tai Dam E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.9 %
 Tai Gapong 2,100 Language Unknown Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tai Kaleun, Kaleung 8,500 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tai Khun 6,800 Khun Buddhism 1.5 % 0.1 %
 Tai Lue 89,000 Lu Buddhism 0.5 % 0.1 %
 Tai Mao 100 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tai Wang 8,500 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tai Ya 1,000 Tai Ya E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tamil 34,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.5 % 0.0 %
 Tavoyan, Dawai 500 Tavoyan Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Thai Islam, Central 2,525,000 Thai Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Thai Islam, Southern 1,254,000 Thai, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Thai, Central 19,289,000 Thai Buddhism 0.3 % 0.2 %
 Thai, Khorat 540,000 Thai Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Thai, Northern 7,122,000 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.4 % 0.2 %
 Thai, Southern 4,934,000 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.9 % 0.2 %
 Thai, Tak Bai 21,000 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Tonga 300 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Turk 200 Turkish Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Ugong, Lawa Unknown Ugong Buddhism 1.4 % 0.0 %
 Urak Lawoi 1,900 Urak Lawoi' E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 1.0 %
 Urdu 7,000 Urdu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Vietnamese 118,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.0 % 1.8 %
 Wa, Parauk 6,700 Wa, Parauk E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 15.0 %
 Xinh Mun, Puoc 3,500 Puoc E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 1.0 %
 Yoy 5,900 Yoy Buddhism 0.9 % 0.5 %
  Totals:  114 67,134,000 83     1.3 % 0.5 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
83.9 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.5 %)
1.3 %
Ethnic Religions
3.1 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
8.5 %
Non-Religious
2.8 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
4.2 %
Independent
11.7 %
Orthodox
0.5 %
Other Christian
2.2 %
Protestant
42.4 %
Roman Catholic
38.7 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Thailand. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Thailand
  • Christian ministry in Thailand
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Thailand or Southeast Asia. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
In Thailand Size
Act Beyond Medium
AMG International Large
Baptist General Conference, International Ministries Medium
Bethany International Ministries Medium
Bright Hope International Medium
Calvary International Medium
Cedar Fund Small
Childcare Worldwide Medium
Christ Mandate for Missions Medium
Christian Aid Mission Large
Christian Blind Mission International Small
Christian Ministries International Small
Christians in Action Missions International Medium
Church World Service Medium
CMF International Medium
Compassion International Large
Eastern Mennonite Missions Medium
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Medium
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Medium
Ezekiel Rain
Far East Broadcasting Company Medium
Food for the Hungry Medium
Foursquare Missions International Medium
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Global Fellowship Medium
Global InterAction Medium
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Globe International Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Harvest Foundation Small
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Missionary Ventures International Medium
New Life Advance International Small
OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) Large
Perimeter Church Global Outreach Small
Presbyterian Mission International Small
Ripe for Harvest Incorporated Medium
Rosedale Mennonite Missions Medium
Seed International Small
Servant Partners Medium
Sowers International Small
Team Expansion Medium
TEAR Australia Medium
TEAR Fund New Zealand Small
TearFund UK Large
Tentmakers International Small
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, World Missions Small
World Baptist Fellowship Mission Agency Medium
World Concern Large
World Concern Medium
World Missions Far Corners Incorporated Large
World Partners USA Medium
World-Wide Missions Medium
In Southeast Asia Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Asia Evangelistic Fellowship International Medium
Asian Outreach, U.S.A. Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
BMS World Mission Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Canadian Baptist International Ministries Medium
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Christian and Missionary Alliance Large
Christian Brethren Assemblies Large
Church Mission Society Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church Resource Ministries Medium
CLC International Medium
Commission to Every Nation Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
Elim Fellowship Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Every Home for Christ Medium
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Small
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Frontiers Medium
Galcom International Small
Global Recordings Network Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Gospel Fellowship Association Medium
Gospel Furthering Fellowship Small
InterAct - Evangeliska Frikyrkan Medium
InterComm Small
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students Large
International Street Kids Outreach Ministries Medium
Interserve Medium
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Medium
Lifewords (Scripture Gift Mission) Medium
Literacy and Evangelism International Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Mennonite Mission Network Medium
Mission Aviation Fellowship Medium
Mission Ministries Medium
Navigators, International Missions Group Medium
New Mission Systems International Medium
OC International Medium
Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Medium
Open Doors International Medium
Operation Mobilization Large
Partners in Asian Missions Medium
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Medium
Pioneers Medium
Reformed Baptist Mission Services Small
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) Medium
Tearfund Medium
The Leprosy Mission Medium
Trans World Radio Medium
UFM Worldwide Medium
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
World Harvest Now, Incorporated Small
World Horizons Medium
World Team Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Wycliffe Bible Translators Large
Young Life Medium
Youth for Christ International Large
Youth with a Mission Large

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