Welcome to Phnomenal Adventures! This blog is all about my adventures living and working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with an organization fighting sex trafficking called, Daughters of Cambodia.
“If I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me.” – Psalm 139:9-10
Hello, World! I’m Jenna – and the cute furry guy next to me is Bullet!
I’m originally from the East Coast of the United States, but was raised on the West Coast. So my sports affiliations lie with the greatest city – Boston – but my passion for the outdoors and where I feel most connected to the Holy Spirit is while serving the homeless population in my second home – Portland, Oregon.
I’m going to be spending (at least) a year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working with an organization called, Daughters of Cambodia. I’ll be working with women and ladyboys getting out of sex trafficking by providing marketing, grant writing and other office support.
I’ve had a lifelong dream of traveling to Cambodia, I think it’s because I read in a Zoobook that they have fresh water dolphins and that was enough to sell me on this magical country. In 2014, my parents and I made this dream a reality and spent two weeks traveling around Cambodia. Ever since then, God has been calling me back.
I’m looking forward to learning how to authentically and respectfully engage with people on various views on faith, Christ’s love and learning from other expats in the program. I’m also looking forward to eating ALL the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and having my curly hair back with the humidity.
I’ve been reflecting on Psalm 139 lately and have really enjoyed mediating on “if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me.” I’ve always been interest in doing justice work. I can’t wait to learn how my foundational knowledge of homelessness and women in the United States transfers to the Cambodia culture. I’m looking forward to seeing where God puts me to work in Cambodia and learning how to navigate life, ministry and being a vessel of blessings during my internship. Plus, I hope to make a few new friends and some ladies hopeful to the overwhelming goodness that comes from knowing Christ.
My five-year old pitbull mix, Bullet will be joining me in Cambodia. He’s been faithfully serving the homeless for five years with me and I can’t image having anyone else by my side for this next adventure.
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Hello from the Kingdom of Cambodia! I am so thankful to have you as a supporter of my work here. After a month and a half here, I think I have finally found my groove. Here is an update on what is happening in my world. I’m really enjoying my work at Daughters. We’ve submitted two grants …
Hospitality is huge for me. I love welcoming people into my home and giving them a place to rest. This includes my love of handmade soaps and candles. I’m still trying to figure out local prices – like I can get a four pack of factory made soaps here for $1.20USD. Which works, but isn’t …
I’ve started a list of socially good businesses I want to check out during my time here in Cambodia. A new friend recommended I check out Jars of Clay, near the Russian Market. Jars of Clay is a family orientated cafe which operates as a social enterprise providing sustainable employment for many disadvantaged and at-risk …
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