Support Oaks Parish Abroad!

Sara, Doug, and Jenna at Oaks Parish Service Day at Grout Elementary.

Dear Oaks Parish Supporters,

First of all, let me echo the thanks of Bryan and Amanda Buck and the rest of our church for your generosity and support. We are so blessed to have you in our lives.

My name is Jenna Forstrom and I hold the humble title of being Oaks Parish’s first missionary. I’ll be totally honest with you and if I could turn that title into a WWE-styled belt, I would rock it every Sunday in church! That’s just my personality.

This fall, my pitbull pup, Bullet, and I are moving to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to work for an organization called Daughters of Cambodia. This faith-based organization is focused around rescuing women (and men) from the sex trafficking trade. I grew up having a heart for the unlovable and want to serve the Cambodian people and show them how treasured by God they are. I know in my heart that this is God’s will for my life.

My decision to serve began in 2014 when I was able to fulfill a lifetime dream to visit Cambodia. While walking around the capital talking with God about my next adventure, God spoke to me, “Don’t worry, you’ll be back.”

At the time I didn’t know what this meant. I was flooded with so many questions about what God was telling me. Over the past two and a half years, God and I have been working out the details. Now, I believe I have a clear direction to serve Him abroad.

In Cambodia, I will be serving as a Marketing Coordinator for Daughters of Cambodia. In this capacity, I’ll have the opportunity to draw from and leverage my professional skill set, to use my talents and spiritual gifts to help the most vulnerable people in this world. Most importantly, to partner with Jesus to bring His justice and a little bit of heaven back to earth.

I’ve been a member at the Oaks Parish for more than a year now and can testify to the amazing people and works being done within the community of Southeast Portland. However, I do want to call your attention to another need in our global community of Christ.

Daughters of Cambodia is on a mission to empower 100+ girls each year to walk permanently free of the bondages of the sex trade. These young people break the stigma attached to sex workers to go on to be head chefs, business managers and counselors. They are leaders in their community and their collective story continues to inspire others to seek help.

God has called me to be in Cambodia and to walk with these women, but I can’t do it alone. I’d love for you to join me financially and in prayer as I gear up for this amazing mission. Not everyone can give, but here are a few ways to learn more, connect and get involved:

  1. By supporting my mission with a donation here.
  2. By learning more about Cambodia and the commercial sex trade here.
  3. By following my journey, Phnomenal Adventures, and sharing it with others here!

I understand that this is a big ask, but it’s also a big need. I strongly believe that God has led me to serve Daughters of Cambodia to help people break free of bondage. Moreover, I know that He’s called upon me to ask for your support of His mission to help end the sex trade.

By making a donation, by learning more about Cambodia or by sharing my website, you actively pledge your support to His mission. I know not all can give, but every donation, big or small, helps. If you can’t make a donation, please join me in prayer and share my story, so that I can help serve the Lord in big ways.

If you have questions about the Oaks Parish, Cambodia or myself, please feel free to send me an email or shoot me a call; you may reach me anytime at j4strom@gmail.com.

Again, thank you so much for supporting the Oaks Parish and for taking the opportunity to learn more about how God is exercising His influence in Cambodia.

God bless,

Jenna

Round one!

Let’s get this party started!  More to come soon.  I’m just busy figuring out job descriptions, budgets, travel plans and building this website out.

xoxo JFo