Jeeranun Sangpunta, or “Tuy” as she was known to many of us, was born and raised in Suphanburi province 2.5 hours north of Bangkok in Central Thailand. She was raised in a Buddhist home and spent the first 17 years of here life growing up there, the youngest of 4 girls.
She moved to Bangkok when she was 18 to attend Ramkhamhaeng University and graduated with a degree in Business and Human Resources. In 1997, while at university, she had the opportunity to hear about Jesus and gave her life to the Lord during her time at Ramkhamhaeng.
In 2002, Tuy began working with the Child Sponsorship Program, part of Project L.I.F.E. Foundation. She loved working with her team knowing that she was making a difference in the lives of many children here in Thailand.
During one of the YWAM Thailand annual staff conferences, she felt the Lord saying that she was to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS). At first she was not happy because she didn’t want to go so she just ignored it. All last year, the prompting from the Lord just would not go away. At the same time, something in her heart also changed and she decided that she should go too. So she started to get ready to go but then broke her wrist and was unable to go.
When she heard that there would be another DTS in Chiang Mai in September 2004, Tuy started planning and praying about attending. She was very happy to be accepted to the school and had a fantastic DTS experience. Her plan was to come back and continue working with Child Sponsorship following the DTS but she also had a tremendous burden to take care of her parents and her family. In the long term, she always felt that the Lord might be calling her to be a missionary to Laos someday!