Our team lives in Mae Ai, the northernmost district in Chiang Mai province, where we offer training to meet needs of local villagers, teach special programs at local village schools, work with local government and village officials, and offer training and encouragement to local churches. Training is done based on topics needed and includes physical and spiritual/moral topics, such as natural agriculture, disease prevention, and who is Jesus.
Our training team in Mae Ai includes Chanchai Huamuang, Bia Huamuang, Jom Mangmi, and Ree Mangmi. Nathan and Bethany Scott are the founders of Full Life Development and currently reside in the U.S. Bethany continues to coordinate the work of FLD and does the administration and fund-raising.
Nathan is from Seattle, Washington, and Bethany is from Indiana. God brought them together at Youth With A Mission's University of the Nations campus in Kona, Hawaii in 2000, where they both trained in community development and missions. Nathan specializes in permaculture and participatory agriculture development, and Bethany trained in international health and development.
Nathan and Bethany were married in 2002 in Indiana. The Scotts moved to northern Thailand in July 2003 after three months of preparation at a YWAM-Strategic Frontiers base in Colorado. They first settled in Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand, where they completed language and culture studies through an internship with YWAM while also serving with Eden House, a home for girls rescued from extreme at-risk situations.
In April 2005, the Scotts moved to a rural area in northern Chiang Mai province on the Burma (Myanmar) border to begin work focused on Shan people. They established Full Life Development, a ministry doing community health evangelism. Their hearts are especially for the poor, needy, and unreached.
The Scotts returned to the U.S. in 2012, but remain involved in the work of Full Life Development. They have one daughter, McKenzie, born in September 2008.
Chanchai and Bria were married in October 2007. Chanchai is from Phayao province, Thailand. He studied community development at Ratchaphat University in Chiang Rai. He joined FLD as the first Thai staff in May 2005, and now is our team manager. Pia is originally from the northeast of Thailand and spent many years in Bangkok. She graduated in 2007 from Bible college. She joined the FLD team in October 2007 when she married Chanchai. They are expecting their first child in September 2012.
Chanchai coordinates all of our community outreaches and teaches natural agriculture at the school every week. Chanchai and Pia both teach at the brick factory and orange grove. They are also active in the local church where they help teach and lead worship.
Sompong, nicknamed Jom, joined us in July 2008. He and Jurirat, nicknamed Ree, got married in November 2008, then Ree joined our team until she was due with their first child in May 2010. Their daughter Lydia is now 2. Ree re-joined the FLD team in June 2012.
Jom and Ree both have hearts for evangelism. Jom is ethnic Shan and Ree is Karen. Both are from Maehongson province in northern Thailand and met in Bible school. Jom leads FLD's Shan ministries, teaching at the brick factory and orange grove, and co-leads a Shan church. Ree joins him to evangelize and to encourage believers.