Where We Work

Snapshot of Thailand

16%

of children experience moderate or severe growth stunting

13%

of people live below the poverty line

22%

of children are married by 18 years of age

Sanya Ladaphongpattana

Letter from Compassion Thailand Director, Sanya Ladaphongpattana

Dear Sponsor, Greetings from Thailand! My name is Sanya Ladaphongpattana. I have been the Country Director of Compassion Thailand for 14 years. I was born and grew up in a Christian family as a missionaries’ kid. My parents came from China and served the Lord here since 1962 to bring the Gospel to remote villages where there were no Christians.

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The Bravest Chicken

Autumporn prefers to go by her nickname, “Gai”, as is the custom in Thailand. Gai literally means “chicken”; it doesn’t describe her in the least. She’s a pioneer. Born in Por Nor Tha, a small mountain village accessible only by a footpath carved out of the mountain by Japanese soldiers in the Second World War, Gai’s future was all but settled. What’s a village girl to do but marry and provide for her husband and family until she is old?

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Prayer requests for Thailand

  • Please pray for Compassion Thailand as they recruit for several key staff positions; pray that God will call the right candidates to apply for these roles, and that the new staff will learn quickly and hit the ground running, ready to serve the children and church partners. Pray also as they look for more translators to help get your letters through to the children quickly—and thank you for writing to your sponsored children!
  • Pray for the children and their families as the rainy season continues; it is often a time when diseases including dengue fever and malaria are most common. Pray for protection over their health and that they will be able to access good medical services if they need to.
  • Praise God for the recent Leadership Development Program graduation ceremony, and for the graduating class of 2017! Please pray that they will follow God’s direction as He leads them into new careers and new opportunities to serve their communities. Pray that they will make a tremendous impact on their nation and grow as leaders.
  • Please pray for local staff’s ongoing efforts to partner with government, law enforcement and other community groups on the issue of child protection. Pray for good communication and collaboration, for united action, and that ultimately children will be safe from abuse and harm.