Niw and Jamie met years ago while serving alongside each other at a youth home in Thailand. Initially unable to speak each other's language, they followed the call that God placed on their hearts to pursue full-time missions.
They established Prosperous Youth Foundation (PYF, a Thai non-profit) which is networked with more than 70 youth homes in the Chiang Mai area. It is common for youth from tribal families living in remote villages to move into the city alone in order to get an education. Therefore, youth homes (similar to dormitories or orphanages) are numerous. PYF works to enrich and supplement the ministries of those homes by providing them with resources, equipping their youth workers and discipling the youth (ages 12-20). There is great need for this kind of ministry—for the youth to have more adult interaction and to be guided and introduced to Christ. The potential outcomes are invaluable: decreased drug use, prostitution, poverty and high school drop-outs and a generation who knows Christ and has hope for the future!
More recently, they started a new branch of PYF focused on ministering to youth from the Lisu tribe. Through an annual Lisu youth conference, group activities and individual mentorship this ministry team aims to preserve the Lisu culture among the youth, to teach them that they can serve and glorify God in being Lisu, and to cultivate godly lifestyles and relationships with Jesus.
Hope Visa Services (HVS) is a small business that Niw and Jamie started to financially sustain the Lisu youth ministry long term. HVS is dedicated to helping clients acquire visas to gain access to resources and knowledge available in the U.S., effectively changing the course of their lives and improving their resumes for future work opportunities.
As of June 2017, the Rattanapamonsook family has shifted to work in the U.S. They will open a Thai restaurant in Minnesota and are eager to connect with the Asian population there while striving to be a light in their community. This change in mission fields comes after much prayer and consideration, and they look forward to taking advantage of new opportunities to serve God. They will be with New Mission Systems International through the end of November 2017 and request the ongoing support from financial donors through that time.
With NMSI since 2008