Isan Thai in United States

Unreached of the Day  2/10/2021

Isan Thai in United States

The Isan Thai, also known as the Lao Isan, are one of the Thai peoples that have migrated in small numbers to the US. Some have come as students, others as brides, but all come as Buddhists. Those who have come to the US easily blend in socially with the more numerous Central Thai people.

Ministry Obstacles

It is very difficult to get a Isan Thai person to get beyond the belief that "to be Isan Thai is to be Buddhist," no matter where they live.

Outreach Ideas

The Isan Thai people are famous for their delicious coconut-based curries that are popular in American cities. American believers can make friends with them at their informal restaurants, especially if they go during the slow hours.

Scripture Focus

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."  Psalm 20:7

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from this “nation” will boast only in the name of the Lord.

Prayer Focus

Pray for them to be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit in such a way that Buddhists would see that Jesus makes a huge difference in people's lives. Pray for Isan Thai people in the US to put their worth in God, not in the world system. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Isan Thai people, both in North America and in Thailand. Pray that God would call forth teams of long-term missionaries and intercessors who will commit to seeing Isan Thai people in the US begin their own Disciple Making Movement.



People Name Isan Thai
Pronunciationee-SAHN TIE
Country United States
10/40 Window No
Population 85,000
World Population 18,619,000
Language Thai, Northeastern
Primary Religion Buddhism
Bible New Testament
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image