Kanchanaburi, a province in western Thailand, became world-famous after the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” hit screens in the 1950’s. The bridge, built by the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII, helped to join Thailand and Burma on what was known as the Death Railway. This building project was responsible for the deaths of over 80,000 laborers, 13,000 Allied POW’s and thousands of Japanese soldiers. A half century later, Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Thailand has a vision to see a very different bridge built in the same province. This new bridge would be responsible for bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ into western Thailand - saving lives rather than taking them.
Today Kanchanaburi’s rugged countryside, wild jungles, and mountain rivers draw thousands of tourists each year. It is home to some of the most pristine waterfalls and possibly the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Thailand. Although it is a beautiful place, approximately 800,000 people of Kanchanaburi are still waiting to experience the love of the God who created them and their surroundings.
"Return home and tell how much God has done for you." Luke 8:39
Soon after becoming a Christian in 1996, Arun Phummarin, a young Thai man born in Kanchanaburi, started to dream about the transformation that Jesus could bring to his home province. Arun and his wife, Pang, started a new YWAM Thailand ministry in Kanchanaburi in March 2003. Through their own faith, they saw God transform the lives of Pang’s parents. They lived and worked together with Pang’s parents in a small village in Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi near the Burmese border until 2019 when Pang’s father passed away and God led more families to join them. Now (2021) YWAM Kanchanaburi is a growing team of young adults and families. They still hold onto the vision of seeing God use their bases to build bridges and restore lives to Him.
The YWAM Kanchanaburi leadership team is now made up of the leaders of the three pioneering ministries that are planted throughout the province. You can click on the ministry names below to learn about each ministry:
Contact YWAM Kanchanaburi
88 Moo 7 Ban Ton Ma Muang,
T. Wang Kra Chae
A. Sai Yok
149/2 Moo 7 Ban Ton Ma Muang,
T. Wang Kra Chae
A. Sai Yok
3 Sangchuto Road
T. Ban Tai
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