Thai, Isaan of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,250

ROP3 Code: 109994
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Thai
Language: Northeastern Thai - (tts)
Religion: Buddhism - Theravada
Country of Origin: Thailand

Status of Christianity

Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  Austin-Round Rock, TX - 500

  San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX - 300

  Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN - 200

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 100

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Brief Profile

The Isan people are a people group originating from Northeastern Thailand ("Isan") with an estimated population of over 22 million worldwide. Even though Northeastern Thailand is now fully incorporated into Thailand and all residents are Thai citizens, the Lao Isan language, unique diet, ritual and culture continues to thrive among this people group.

They speak Lao Isan, a language that belongs to the linguistic family of Tai peoples.

The Isaan overwhelming adhere to Theravada Buddhism, following the teachings of Buddha (the "enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in their present lives. At the same time, many practice their animistic ethnic religion. As such, they combine Buddhist teachings with folk religious practices, seeking help through the worship of spirits and venerated objects. Community is often found and centered around Thai Buddhist Temples.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Christians will utilize culturally appropriate materials, art, music, and church forms that provide opportunites to which the the Isan may respond.
  • Pray God will call people to serve among and intercede for the Isaan people.
  • Pray God will work in the hearts and minds of Isaan revealing to them the truth found in the message of Jesus Christ.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesDel ValleAustin-Round RockTX500
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX300
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN200
United StatesFriscoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100