Chanaddah Chaisakorn was born and raised in a devout Buddhist family in northeastern Thailand. She grew up in the peaceful village of Jaroensil, and studied in the Sawangdandin district, in the province of Sakolnakhon. She was the middle child of three siblings, however, her youngest brother died at an early age. She was known as a devout girl because she always participated in Buddhist rituals and merit making ceremonies, together with her parents. Through the teaching of Buddha, Chanaddah believed she was a sinner. She, therefore, tried very hard to become sinless by keeping Buddha’s commandments. No matter how hard Chanaddah tried to be devout, her heart was never at peace and deep down inside she felt so empty. She was looking for a genuine inner feeling of peace, but did not know how to find it. She kept searching by performing good works and religious rituals.
At the age of 16, Chanaddah decided to confide in a school teacher regarding her plan of forsaking all, to become a Buddhist nun for the rest of her life. This was the turning point in her life because the teacher whom she confided in was a Christian – and she shared the gospel with Chanaddah. After hearing the wonderful news about God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ for the first time, Chanaddah sincerely opened her heart to receive Christ as her personal Savior and Lord. From that moment on, she began to experience the inner peace and joy she had longed for, which only comes from God above. She put away all the idols she once worshiped and started to read the Bible and attend church.
As a result of her decision to follow Christ in 1975, Chanaddah’s parents, relatives, friends and the people from her hometown, officially chased her out of that area. They were angry and looked at her with contempt. As she took a step of faith and was willing to face an unknown future, God showed her His faithfulness when a Christian family in Bangkok took her into their home. Shortly after that, God led her to study at the Bible Institute in Bangkok for two years. During this Bible training period, she felt called by God to live her life for Him, by spreading the Good News and making disciples. She responded by seeking further training through Operation Mobilization, as she served for two years on a Christian ship named the Doulos.
In 1979, Chanaddah returned to Thailand and joined Campus Crusade for Christ, where she completed her training in the Philippines. Her next assignment was to work with students at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Her main focus was sharing the Gospel and leading discipleship groups. She truly enjoyed working with the students during those years, and never wanted to resign. However, God in His sovereignty had other plans for her.
From 1984 through 1989, Chanaddah faced many illnesses, which nearly resulted in death. She suffered with severe cases of hives, gout, lower back problems, spinal inflammation, and a mysterious stomach problem. She had to undergo two surgeries and was bedridden for four years. It took another few years of recuperation before she could walk normally again. During those years, when she was going through the “valley of the shadow of death”, she learned to cling to the Savior of her soul at every moment in time. She didn’t understand what was happening, and she did not always have the right attitude in response to those trials. Still, God, in His faithfulness, taught her many wonderful lessons which she could only learn in that dark valley. In God’s timing, He restored her health and enabled her to be on her feet again so that she could move forward in fulfilling His call upon her life.
In 1990, God led her to the USA for some training in women’s ministries. Once again, God’s sovereign plan led her to Grace Community Church in California, where Dr. John MacArthur served as pastor. There, she discovered the women’s ministries that wonderfully met the spiritual needs of Christian women. After getting involved in a weekly Bible study and being greatly blessed by the teaching of Elizabeth George for a few years, the vision of mentoring Thai women was born in her heart. In preparation, she continued to study the Word of God and sound biblical doctrine under Dr. John MacArthur and many godly women of Grace Community Church. Chanaddah took additional Bible classes at Logos Bible Institute and simultaneously received training at the International School of Theology in Arrowhead Springs, California.
On January 1, 1997, Chanaddah returned to Bangkok, Thailand as she strongly believed (and still does) that this is the mission field God has for her. Since then, she has been faithfully leading Bible studies in her home, which is also her office, in the Donmueang area. Over the years, God has brought several women from different churches under her discipleship. They learn to grow in the Word of God and become a blessing to their own families, as well as to others. Chanaddah has seen many lives transformed through faithful mentoring and the teaching of God’s Word. She has been a member of the Evangelical Church of Bangkok on Sukhumvit soi 10, and has taught women’s Sunday school classes from time to time. Chanaddah has also been a featured speaker at seminars, conferences, and retreats throughout Thailand, as well as overseas, speaking mainly among Thai women. This is a faith ministry and she does this full time out of her love and dedication to the Lord. She looks up to Him to provide all of her needs, spiritually, physically, and monetarily.
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”