Thai, Central in United States


Population
177,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Most of the Thai who arrived in the US did so in the 1970s and 1980s around the same time many were coming from other parts of Southeast Asian. The Central Thai people in the US are mainly in California, especially Greater Los Angeles. However there are also many in New York City and Houston. Though a good number of them have small businesses like restaurants, jewelry stores and markets, you cannot say that the Thai have a specific kind of work in the United States. Some are doctors, and many work in factories, especially the ones who have arrived more recently. Many Thai people come temporarily to study at universities.


Ministry Obstacles

Though the Thai are flexible enough to marry outside their culture, they identify with being Buddhist. It is very difficult to get a Central Thai person to get beyond the belief that "to be Thai is to be Buddhist," no matter where they live.


Outreach Ideas

Thai people are famous in America for their delicious spicy coconut curries. American believers who love Thai food can befriend these Buddhists and share Jesus with them as a best friend, a guide, and a savior.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few ethnic Thai believers in the United States. Pray for them to be prayerful, bold, and loving in their witness to their Buddhist family members. Pray for them to be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit in such a way that Buddhists will see that Jesus makes a big difference in people’s lives.


Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for a movement to Christ among the Central Thai in the United States that will result in many new believers starting culturally-sensitive fellowships in Thailand.
* Pray for T4T discipleship movement to affect Thai communities in the US and in Thailand.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thai, Central
People Name in Country Thai, Central
Population in United States 177,000
World Population 19,957,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai, Central Tai, Khon Tai, Lao Song, Siamese, Siamese Thai, Tai Noi, Thai Khom, Thai Klang, Thai Song
People ID 11277

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Enthologue Language Map


Primary Language: Thai (177,000 speakers)
Language Code: tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Thai (177,000 speakers)
Language Code: tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1834-1967)
New Testament Yes   (1843-1977)
Complete Bible Yes   (1883-2011)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Come to Me (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video GodMan in Thai (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Thai Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
96.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.00 %
Islam
1.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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