Ratchaburi is a province situated on the border of Burma, 2 hours drive from Bangkok. It has a total population of 830 000, with only 1% of the population proclaiming to be Christian. Most of the population claim to be Buddhist although the number of genuine, practicing Buddhists is getting less and less, and many of the younger generation almost never set foot in a temple.
Ratchaburi is considered a centre of education, with students from all over Thailand being sent to study in the many schools here.
The majority of the people in Ratchaburi used to earn a living by farming, but most have begun to sell their land and either look for work in Bangkok or work in the factories here.
Most of the population is very poor, surviving as best they can with many of the strong and able young people having moved to Bangkok to look for a better life, leaving their families behind.
Ratchaburi is famous for the floating market- where the people live and sell their produce along the river every day.
YWAM Ratchaburi started out as a ministry focused mainly on students. God had placed many other things on our hearts for Ratchaburi, but we didn’t think that the time had yet come as we didn’t have any staff. As we have walked step by step with God though, we have seen Him open the doors into all the areas that He spoke to us about from the very beginning – all in one year – and still without any permanent staff. We began to sense that YWAM Ratchaburi could no longer all be under the same heading and divided our ministry up into four categories. Our desire is to serve every area of society in Ratchaburi in the specific ways that God leads us.
Noiy and Bronwyn Prommathat have been living in Ratchaburi since September 2005. God has been speaking to them both about His heart for Ratchaburi for many years, even before they met.
Noiy grew up in Ratchaburi and although he lived in Bangkok for about 12 years, he still considers Ratchaburi his home.
They both believe that God has led them back to minister not only to the community, but also to Noiy’s family.
Noiy & Bronwyn Prommathat
Niran Hills Village
145/485 Moo 8
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