Name: Patamate Jiraniratisai
Date of birth: July 22, 1979
Languages spoken: Thai and English
Current Position: Outreach Teams Coordinator
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity - 1 Timothy 4:12
I was born the city of "Ratchaburi" which is about 100 km (60miles) west of the capital city of Bangkok by driving. I was raised up in a conservative Buddhist family so I have been grown up learning many traditional things according through our Buddhist belief. As I recall when I was young, my parents were really focus on education and tradition. They always did their best to discipline me and my sister so that we could live a good life in the society. They also did their best to support myself and my younger sister to get educated as high as they can. I recalled that, I didn’t get to do anything much as the kids in the same ages when I was young. I sometimes got jealous at the kids in my ages. Year by year I had grown up and become an unhappy kid.
When I was 14 years old, I moved into Bangkok for a higher education. Here I stayed with one of our cousin. My mother wasn’t move into Bangkok with me because she had to take care of my sister. My father lived in Bangkok at that time but his place was too far away. So he visited me from time to time. I realized that this was my happiest time ever. Because there’s no rules, tradition or instruction that I have to follow. I learned to use my freedom to do anything I want and that was the beginning of my life in the darkness.
I started to fall into a shadow of darkness bit by bit. During those 3 years in the high school, I got to do so many things that I never done. I started to involve with alcohol, fighting, clubbing, gambling and even girls.
I continued to spend my life like that until my first year of the university. As I recalled, I hardly ever had gone study. I always hanged out with friends in the club and did gambling daily. Finally, I was asked to leave the University and that was the beginning of my turning point in life!!!
Come to Jesus (1998)
My parents were so upset and started to question me what was happen. After they found out of what I did in the past, they felt sad and frustrated. My mother asked me “Do you like to continue your education or work?” At the moment, she asked me I felt like I was breaking her heart through what I did but I wanted to prove her that I could be better. So I said I wanted to continue my education.
Then I joined my new University and chose to study Bachelor of Art in Political Science. This new University has been known as the tough one. Because it’s an open University for anyone. There’s no rule or restriction that you have to come to class. All you need to do is to pass the exam.
Through this University, I got to join a Christian group from Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Bangkok. It was my first time hearing everything about God and Jesus. Honestly, I didn’t agree with that they believed at first but meanwhile I asked myself that it’s okay to try it just once. If it’s not like what they said then I can choose to live life as before. But if it’s good as they said, may be I can change.
After hanging out with them for a few months, I decided to move into their Christian dormitory ministry. And there was the first time that I started to open my heart to listen to the gospel and allowed God to work in me. To make long short, I accepted Christ into my heart and got baptized not too long after I moved into their Christian dormitory.
What happened after that? (1999 - present)
After I decided to become a Christian. I made a decision to attend the first University Discipleship Training School (UDTS) in Khon Kaen. This training school took eight months long and was where I learned and began to understand God’s plan for me. Then I came back to Bangkok to continue my education and I also made a decision to join YWAM Bangkok as a part-time staff. I started my role as a translator for the Outreach Teams Department. My role was to translate for incoming outreach teams and to help them out with anything they needed.
In 2001, I graduated from the University by the grace of God. I decided to commit my life to Jesus through serving him full time on a mission field. I joined Outreach Teams Department as a full-time staff since then until the year 2007.
During those years, God opened the door for me to visit a few countries and took more training course such as, Basic Leadership School in Australia and Leadership Training School in Bangkok. It had been a great journey and privilege for me to be a part of God’s Kingdom in Thailand here.
From 2008-2012, I had been serving with King's Kids as a full-time staff. Our purpose and goal was "To lead children, youth and families worldwide into a proven knowledge of God, bring Him joy and together make Him known to all peoples." It was a great challenge and good time learning, training and ministering to kids, teens and families in the poor community.
In 2013, I am back with Outreach Teams Department as a full-time staff again. To help serve and being a bridge for an incoming outreach teams to the nation of Thailand. My role as an Outreach Teams Coordinator is to help communicate to all the incoming outreach teams that wanted to come and serve in Thailand and make sure that they understand the big picture of what God is doing around the country, so that they can reach out to Thais effectively.