Country: Thailand

Number of People Groups

113

People Groups Unreached

81 (71.7%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

68,200,000

Population in Unreached

67,233,000 (98.6%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

1.3%

% Evangelical

0.51%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.6%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Aheu Luang 1,500 1,800 Aheu Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Akeu 400 16,000 Akeu Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 3.00 %
 Akha 58,000 557,000 Akha Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 20,000 190,299,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 %
 Anglo-Australian 2,200 18,364,000 English Christianity 69.00 % 14.00 %
 Anglo-New Zealander 700 3,395,000 English Christianity 54.00 % 18.00 %
 Bisu 700 700 Bisu Ethnic Religions 0.80 % 0.00 %
 British 43,000 51,406,000 English Christianity 59.00 % 8.00 %
 Bru, Western 24,000 24,000 Bru, Western Buddhism 1.00 % 0.85 %
 Bulang 1,400 119,000 Blang Buddhism 4.00 % 0.40 %
 Burmese 203,000 32,284,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.40 % 0.10 %
 Cham, Western 4,500 298,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.05 % 0.00 %
 Chong 600 2,100 Chong Buddhism 0.80 % 0.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Thai Sign Language Buddhism 1.00 % 0.90 %
 Eurasian 57,000 1,807,000 English Christianity 55.00 % 4.00 %
 French 4,100 49,762,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 39,000 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Buddhism 5.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hainanese 8,100 6,440,000 Chinese, Min Nan Buddhism 6.00 % 3.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 78,000 42,846,000 Chinese, Hakka Buddhism 5.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Min Bei 14,000 3,342,000 Chinese, Min Bei Buddhism 5.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 1,476,000 56,475,000 Chinese, Min Nan Buddhism 4.00 % 2.00 %
 Hmong Daw 35,000 1,182,000 Hmong Daw Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
 Hmong Njua 66,000 750,000 Hmong Njua Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 3.03 %
 Huay 600 600 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hui 75,000 13,687,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Iu Mien 44,000 1,624,000 Iu Mien Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.35 %
 Japanese 14,000 124,775,000 Japanese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.30 %
 Jehai 200 1,700 Jehai Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 12.00 %
 Jew, Thai Speaking 200 200 Thai Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Karen S'gaw 207,000 2,187,000 Karen, S'gaw Ethnic Religions 36.00 % 17.83 %
 Karen, Bghai 2,100 26,000 Karen, Bwe Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 17.00 %
 Karen, Eastern Kayah 18,000 27,000 Kayah, Eastern Buddhism 18.00 % 4.00 %
 Karen, Kayah 22,000 186,000 Kayah, Western Buddhism 28.00 % 2.00 %
Karen, Pwo Eastern 56,000 1,243,000 Karen, Pwo Eastern Christianity 70.00 % 3.00 %
Karen, Pwo Northern 83,000 83,000 Karen, Pwo Northern Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.50 %
 Karen, Pwo Rachaburi 6,200 6,200 Karen, Phrae Pwo Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Kayan, Padaung 2,700 150,000 Kayan Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 1.50 %
 Kensiu 300 600 Kensiu Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 Khmer 64,000 15,967,000 Khmer Buddhism 3.00 % 1.60 %
 Khmer, Northern 1,434,000 1,434,000 Khmer, Northern Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Khmu 34,000 838,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 %
 Kintaq 100 200 Kintaq Ethnic Religions 4.90 % 0.00 %
 Korean 7,200 80,517,000 Korean Buddhism 24.00 % 16.00 %
 Kui 414,000 495,000 Kuay Buddhism 2.00 % 0.41 %
 Lahu Na 32,000 581,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 7.00 %
 Lahu Nyi 3,200 3,200 Lahu Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.10 %
 Lahu Shi 15,000 212,000 Lahu Shi Buddhism 20.00 % 1.80 %
 Lamet 100 22,000 Rmeet Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao Ga 2,100 2,100 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao Krang 57,000 57,000 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao Lom 28,000 28,000 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao Ngaew 34,000 34,000 Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao Phuan 205,000 351,000 Phuan Buddhism 1.50 % 0.10 %
Lao Song 35,000 35,000 Thai Song Buddhism 1.00 % 0.90 %
 Lao Ti 200 200 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lao Wieng 56,000 56,000 Language unknown Buddhism 0.60 % 0.60 %
 Lawa, Eastern 8,200 8,200 Lawa, Eastern Buddhism 1.40 % 0.20 %
 Lawa, Western 8,700 8,700 Lawa, Western Buddhism 16.00 % 2.00 %
 Lisu 41,000 1,295,000 Lisu Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 34.00 %
 Lua 6,900 6,900 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.67 %
 Mal 4,800 40,000 Mal Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 %
Malay, Kedah 1,000 3,106,000 Malay, Kedah Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malay, Melaju 707,000 11,678,000 Malay Islam 0.08 % 0.06 %
 Malay, Pattani 1,027,000 1,027,000 Malay, Pattani Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Mlabri 100 700 Mlabri Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.00 %
Moken 2,100 6,800 Moken Ethnic Religions 0.30 % 0.04 %
Moklen 4,400 4,400 Moklen Ethnic Religions 2.20 % 1.00 %
 Mon 118,000 1,278,000 Mon Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.03 %
 Mpi 1,500 1,500 Mpi Buddhism 1.00 % 0.10 %
 Nyahkur 1,600 1,600 Nyahkur Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Nyaw 60,000 77,000 Nyaw Buddhism 1.00 % 0.00 %
Nyeu, Yeu 200 200 Nyeu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.00 %
 Pa-O 800 859,000 Pa'o Buddhism 25.00 % 1.00 %
 Palaung, Pale 6,100 314,000 Palaung, Ruching Buddhism 0.20 % 0.00 %
 Phu Thai 483,000 1,003,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 0.60 % 0.10 %
 Phunoi 1,000 42,000 Phunoi Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.13 %
 Prai 20,000 49,000 Prai Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.10 %
 Punjabi 61,000 2,025,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Puoc 3,500 37,000 Puoc Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.00 %
 Rohingya 4,000 1,565,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Saek 20,000 24,000 Saek Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Samtao 100 15,000 Samtao Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sinhalese 71,000 11,143,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 %
 So 72,000 235,000 So Buddhism 1.00 % 0.50 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 34,000 1,460,000 Bengali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tai Bueng 6,400 6,400 Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Dam 800 902,000 Tai Dam Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.90 %
 Tai Gapong 2,200 2,700 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Kaleun 8,600 12,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Khun 6,900 139,000 Khun Buddhism 1.50 % 0.14 %
 Tai Lue 90,000 1,077,000 Lu Buddhism 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Tai Man, Shan 98,000 4,697,000 Shan Buddhism 0.36 % 0.36 %
 Tai Wang 8,600 8,600 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tai Ya 1,000 66,000 Tai Ya Christianity 80.00 % 70.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 34,000 7,317,000 Tamil Hinduism 10.50 % 0.50 %
 Tavoyan 500 465,000 Tavoyan Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Thai Islam, Central 2,567,000 2,567,000 Thai Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Thai Islam, Southern 1,274,000 1,274,000 Thai, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai, Central 19,646,000 20,386,000 Thai Buddhism 0.30 % 0.20 %
 Thai, Isan 18,025,000 18,144,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
 Thai, Khorat 549,000 549,000 Thai Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai, Northern 7,239,000 7,276,000 Thai, Northern Buddhism 0.40 % 0.20 %
 Thai, Southern 5,015,000 5,019,000 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.90 % 0.19 %
 Thai, Tak Bai 22,000 22,000 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Thai-Chinese 5,589,000 8,903,000 Thai Buddhism 4.00 % 2.00 %
Tonga 400 500 Ten'edn Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ugong 500 500 Ugong Buddhism 1.40 % 0.00 %
 Urak Lawoi 3,000 3,000 Urak Lawoi' Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Urdu 7,100 1,776,000 Urdu Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Vietnamese 120,000 84,972,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 %
 Wa 6,800 846,000 Wa, Parauk Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %
 Yong 14,000 14,000 Yong Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Yoy 7,800 19,000 Yoy Buddhism 0.90 % 0.50 %
  Totals:  113 68,200,000       81   1.28 % 0.51 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 98,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 68,298,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Aheu thm 1 1
Akeu aeu 1 0 New Testament
Akha ahk 1 0 Complete Bible
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Bisu bzi 1 1 Bible Portions
Blang blr 1 1 Bible Portions
Bru, Western brv 1 1 Bible Portions
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Cham, Western cja 1 1
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Bei mnp 1 1 New Testament
Chinese, Min Nan nan 2 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 1 Complete Bible
Chong cog 1 1
English eng 5 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Hmong Daw mww 1 0 Complete Bible
Hmong Njua hnj 1 0 Complete Bible
Iu Mien ium 1 1 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Jehai jhi 1 0
Karen, Bwe bwe 1 0 Bible Portions
Karen, Phrae Pwo kjt 1 0
Karen, Pwo Eastern kjp 1 0 Complete Bible
Karen, Pwo Northern pww 1 0 Complete Bible
Karen, S'gaw ksw 1 0 Complete Bible
Kayah, Eastern eky 1 0
Kayah, Western kyu 1 0 New Testament
Kayan pdu 1 0 Bible Portions
Kensiu kns 1 1
Khmer khm 1 1 Complete Bible
Khmer, Northern kxm 1 1 Complete Bible
Khmu kjg 1 1 Bible Portions
Khun kkh 1 1 Bible Portions
Kintaq knq 1 1
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kuay kdt 1 1 New Testament
Lahu lhu 2 1 Complete Bible
Lahu Shi lhi 1 0 New Testament
Lawa, Eastern lwl 1 1
Lawa, Western lcp 1 0 Complete Bible
Lisu lis 1 0 Complete Bible
Lu khb 1 1 New Testament
Mal mlf 1 0 New Testament
Malay zlm 1 1
Malay, Kedah meo 1 1
Malay, Pattani mfa 1 1 New Testament
Mlabri mra 1 1
Moken mwt 1 1 New Testament
Moklen mkm 1 1
Mon mnw 1 1 Complete Bible
Mpi mpz 1 1
Nyahkur cbn 1 1 Bible Portions
Nyaw nyw 1 1
Nyeu nyl 1 1
Pa'o blk 1 0 New Testament
Palaung, Ruching pce 1 1 Complete Bible
Phu Thai pht 1 1
Phuan phu 1 1
Phunoi pho 1 1
Prai prt 1 1 Bible Portions
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Puoc puo 1 0
Rmeet lbn 1 1
Rohingya rhg 1 1
Saek skb 1 1
Samtao stu 1 1
Shan shn 1 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 1 1 Complete Bible
So sss 1 1 Bible Portions
Tai Dam blt 1 1 New Testament
Tai Ya cuu 1 0 Bible Portions
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete Bible
Tavoyan tvn 1 1
Ten'edn tnz 1 1
Thai tha 7 7 Complete Bible
Thai Sign Language tsq 1 1
Thai Song soa 1 1 Bible Portions
Thai, Northeastern tts 2 2 New Testament
Thai, Northern nod 2 2 New Testament
Thai, Southern sou 3 3 Bible Portions
Ugong ugo 1 1
Unknown xxx 8 8
Urak Lawoi' urk 1 1 New Testament
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Wa, Parauk prk 1 0 Complete Bible
Yong yno 1 1
Yoy yoy 1 1
Totals: 90 113 81   24 36 45 72 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
84.7 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.5 %)
1.3 %
Ethnic Religions
3.1 %
Hinduism
0.1 %
Islam
8.5 %
Non-Religious
2.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
4.3 %
Independent
11.6 %
Orthodox
0.5 %
Other Christian
2.3 %
Protestant
42.2 %
Roman Catholic
38.5 %
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 groups who live 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 number of Christians 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
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
Converge Medium
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
Thailand Statistics
People Groups 113
Unreached People Groups 81  (71.7%)
Population 68,200,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.2%
Population in Unreached 67,233,000  (98.6%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,403 to 1,532
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 1.3%
Percent Evangelical 0.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.6%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 49%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TH
National Bible Society Website
Official National Language(s) Thai
Literacy Rate 97%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,046,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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