Languages spoken: Thai and Karen
Languages read and written: Thai
What was your family life like? I have two siblings: my older sister and my older brother. I grew up in a small Karen village in Samueng district, Chiang Mai province. My older sister is already married. She has moved to Nakorn Prathom province with her family. My older brother already graduated from college. He is now helping my parents. They are farmers and the main income of our family is from agricultural products. Our family lives in a small one-story wooden house surrounded by the mountains. There are many banana trees and jackfruit trees on the sides of our house. And in the back of our house is a vegetable garden. We grow vegetables to use for meals. The majority of the people in my village are Christians, including my family.
Describe your childhood community environment: When I was young, my community was full of abundant natural resources. I went to Mae Yang Haa School, a small school in the village. There were about 200 students and there were only eight students in my class. We all knew each other every well and we were very close to each other. When I was young I loved drawing and coloring pictures so much. I loved everything that had to do with arts. I also joined the art competition of the district. Drawing allowed me to enjoy my imagination. I still remember the day when the electricity in my house went out. It became very dark and I was very startled, so I lit the candle and set it in my bedroom. After that I went out. When I came back, I was very shocked to discover that my bedroom wall was catching fire. The fire was spreading really fast. I was very alarmed, so I took the blanket, which was the only thing that I could grasp into my hand in that moment, and used it to stop the fire until the fire was completely put out.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? My personal interest and passion are one: to lead the people who don’t know God to come to the knowledge of God. I want to bring the gospel to the unreached people in the rural and isolated areas. I want to tell them about Jesus Christ and the love of God for them. I want to encourage them to believe in God and stay strong in God.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I want to become a humble, patient, diligent, faithful and confident person who is a good leader for everyone. I want to have more boldness to proclaim the story of God, although I know that this also means I am going to face many obstacles and opposition.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: I want to develop my ability to evangelize other people. I will reach out to people in the faraway country with the gospel. I will live a pure life in the sight of God and have good conduct in the sight of others. I want to be healthy by exercising at least three times a week. I will eat good food and drink water, at least eight glasses a day. I also have to sleep six to eight hours a day and have the annual physical checkup. I want to have a good grade, not less than 3.0 for each semester. I will study hard. I will read books every day. I will give intense concentration when the professors are teaching. I will do my further personal study and research through the library and Internet. In the future, I want to have a profession of a researcher who works for the science ministry and master the field of disease study.
Is there anything else you want to share? Being selected into the LDP program really makes my family glad and happy. It will help relieve the financial burden of my family. I will be friendly to others and open to new friendships by giving a cheerful smile. I will always be the first to start the conversation and I will always keep a positive attitude.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I have learned about God since I was very young through the teaching of my parents and Sunday school. But my personal faith didn’t take place until I grew up. When I was in high school, I had a risky habit of fast driving. I had to travel a 30-kilometer [about 19-mile] distance to school on motorbike. The road is on the mountains with a lot of steep and curvy points. And one day I had a serious road accident that resulted in a very severe injury. But God was merciful and He healed me. This experience led me to believe that God was real and He was with me. So, I finally decided to receive Jesus Christ into my life. From that day, I sought to know more about God by reading the Bible and doing my personal devotions and praying to God. I began to take God very seriously and regularly attend church services.
What is God teaching you right now? He is teaching me that a good leader needs to have many qualities, which are diligence, patience, humility, faithfulness, sacrifice and strong faith in God. He is also teaching me to grow up more in faith, because when I dare to put my faith in Him, He will build up leadership qualities in my life.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: The ministry of Compassion has had a very powerful impact on my life. Since I was young, I learned stories about the people in the Bible, which played an important role in leading me to know more about God. The project also provided many kinds of activities for us, such as National Children Day activity and Christmas activities, and a health checkup for me every year. The project also held sport competitions to promote skills and exercise habits. They took the students out for field study to open the worldview and perspective toward the world outside. When we finished secondary school, Compassion provided a next-station project, with a hostel accommodation and staff who took care of us. Through what Compassion has done in my life, I have had a more intimate relationship with God and I can move forward to the Leadership Development Program.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I am singing special songs in Sunday services, attending care group every week, helping to mentor children in camps and teach Sunday school class, organizing special events, attending the youth group services, leading the music and games, and encouraging the young people in the church.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? The person who has had the most influence on my life is none other than God, because He is the One who loves me the most. No man on earth that can love me with a greater love than God’s love. God has sacrificed everything for me, even sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world to redeem me from my sins. Jesus died on the cross to save me. And He is always with me.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I have to meet many new friends. All of them may have different personalities. They may come from different beliefs and backgrounds. So, the way I start a friendship will be very important for me, because bad friends can have destructive influences on me. I may be opposed by my friends when I try to share the gospel of God with them, because of their different religious mindsets and backgrounds.
What are some of the problems in your community? The teenagers in my village often get drunk and have quarrels and this often ends up in physical fights. The next problem is the contaminated water in the canal. This is the consequence of the careless use of chemicals by the villagers in their farms. Another problem is that the road in the village is in a very bad condition and it causes inconvenience, especially during rainy season. The last problem is education; most of the parents have very little income, and not enough to support their children in school or in higher education.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? I will use my knowledge in medical science, microbiology and leadership to inform the villagers about proper hygiene and healthy habits, such as washing hands, checking the water quality, and getting checkups at the local hospital. I will do research on medical treatment for the diseases that Thai people often get infected by and search for a new vaccine for disease protection.