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Passion to Serve

Sports Leadership 2 students on a trip

This month we wanted to highlight a person who may be a familiar face, Yam Saowatarnpong (Class of 2013). You’ll see her bouncing around campus energetically coaching and mentoring our students with a big smile on her face. Five years after graduating from Grace, Yam returned in 2018 to work under the Communications Department but soon realized she felt called to work closely with students in sports ministry. Her current role is Athletics Information Coordinator, and despite being of Thai nationality, Yam raises her own support to work at Grace International School.

We ask Yam what led her to ultimately change roles and land in the Athletics Department. The confirmation from God came when she took a trip to Myanmar with students visiting from Valor Christian High School in March 2019. They held a sports camp for children there to which Yam says, “It was so much fun! It was also an answer to prayer because it was during that trip that God reaffirmed my passion for working with students who have a heart to serve others, especially through sports.” In early 2020, Yam took a leap of faith in joining Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) and she began fundraising to serve full-time in the Athletics Department. Full of excitement and peace, she knows that this is what God has called her to do.

Yam’s position requires a number of responsibilities but her biggest joy is being able to help with Sports Leadership, a class here at Grace that allows students to put their faith into practice by using sports as a medium to spread God’s love in Thai schools and remote villages. She was previously a part of this class during her time as a student. She recalls, “Sports Leadership class is family. It was a family when I was a student here and I love how that hasn’t changed. You serve together and go through a lot together like, taking days to prepare for your trips and sleeping on hard floors out in the middle of nowhere. We are able to be real with each other and I get to develop a close relationship with these students. They are my biggest blessings for being here.”

It’s because of staff like Yam, who are passionate about their calling that Grace is able to guide students towards demonstrating hearts of service and being a light for Christ long after they leave our campus. And maybe even one day returning to serve future generations as Yam has done.