The Jones Family has been serving in Thailand since 2007. They are focusing on the provincial capital of Surin, which has a population of over 250,000. This area is a mixture of developed universities, offices and businesses, as well as rural rice farming and silk-making villages. It is culturally diverse with Khmer, Laos, Chinese, and Guay peoples all living in this area.
Thailand is an incredibly diverse nation due largely to the fact that it is so economically and politically stable. Roughly 60% of all Thai people have Chinese ancestry, and consequently, there is a large Chinese subculture in most major cities of Thailand. In the province of Surin, which is located six hours from Bangkok and along the Cambodian border, most people are a mixture of Khmer, Laos, Guay and Thai. The Khmer are the largest group, numbering over 1 million. Surin Baptist Church holds services in the Northern Khmer language on Sunday mornings, as well as Thai services afterward. Nearly everyone in Surin speaks multiple languages, with some speaking three-four different languages fluently. Most of the people are very simple and rural, and they make their living by growing rice and living off what they grow.