My name is Nit Piawong, but everyone calls me "Paw Pan" which means - Pan's dad, in Thai!! This is because my son Pan and I both work with YWAM Thailand! Originally, I am from a small village in Northeastern Thailand called Boontarik, just above the Cambodian border in the province of Ubonrachatani.
For many years, I was living my life in a strange way. I worked as a carpenter and also a truck driver and sometimes I was a representative for different companies. I used to do lots of odd jobs here and there because I wanted to have lots of money to do things that I thought would make me happy: women, drinking and gambling. Any time I had money, there were the things I was looking for, sex, drugs, food and alcohol. I was really selfish and thought only of myself. As I kept living this life, noticed that I started smoking more, about 40-60 cigarettes a day, and I was drunk every day. I was also using amphetamines and other kinds of drugs just to get high. I was just wasting my life away! All the happiness I thought I could have by using all the things never lasted.
So this was the way I was living my life from age 18 to 39 until the day a small YWAM outreach team came to my village with my son Pan to talk to me about Jesus. This is when my life started to turn around.
After I became a Christian, I started to back off the drugs and alcohol. I was still discouraged sometimes and worried that I would never get away from all of these addictions. But there was a incredible strength that came and helped me carry on day by day. Some days I felt I had some victories and other times I felt I was defeated but one thing I know for sure is that God gave me a new chance and a new life! God gave me friends who loved me and helped keep me free of my many addictions. He has totally turned my life around.
Today I am the leader of the Outreach Teams Department as well as the NRTC facilities manager. I enjoy both of my roles as I am able to not only send 100+ annual outreach teams throughout the nation, but also disciple the many young Thai men and women who work with me in both departments.
My dear brothers and sisters, John 11:40 says, Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the Glory of God?". Now I pray that the Holy Spirit and the Power of Jesus Christ and the Love of our God will be with you wherever you are to help you take His message of Hope to everyone! God bless you and thanks for your prayers!
Update April 2016
This is my first newsletter of 2016. I am still the leader of the Outreach Teams Department and facilities manager of the NRTC, our training and housing complex for visiting outreach teams, schools, and seminars. These two ministries are going well and here are some highlights.
The Outreach Teams Department has sent outreach teams to new ministries and new areas. Meanwhile we still have good relationships with the ministries and churches that we have worked with for many years. This year we are also focusing on seeing continued spiritual growth among the university students that serve with the Outreach Teams Department.
This year we are happy to share that there are now 22 university students that are serving in various roles within the NRTC. Twenty students will be graduating university this year and 2 of those students will be attending a DTS with YWAM Borders in Mae Sai, Thailand. Every week many of the students wake up and spend time in worship, reading God's Word and engaging in various activities together. I thank God for His work in the lives of each student and for those who are growing in their faith and attending DTS.
Finally, I also thank God that the students are able to learn English from native speakers every week. I am so pleased to see that the students can grow in their education and spiritual growth. I thank God that the NRTC continues to be a place that helps students to develop life skills for success, and a spiritual foundation that will sustain them throughout life.
Thank you for being such a vital part through your faithful prayers and financial support.
Sanit "Paw Pan" Piawong