HOW I GOT HERE
I moved to SE Asia to follow a call to serve and empower individuals affected by exploitation. I drove through my new city everyday to teach English to kids who have endured the unthinkable and passed countless - and I mean countless - bars, go-go clubs, strip clubs, and brothels. They LITTER this city with the promise of big money fast. Men and women sell their bodies to strangers twice their age who don't speak their language and fulfill cultural & familial expectations to pay off debts and support their children and relatives.
Day after day, the souls sitting inside those doors tugged at my heart. I didn't know them. Where they came from and how big their families were. What they enjoyed doing in their free time and the dreams they relinquished to sit with customers night after night. Why they chose to come here and if they were hurting.
My heart grew for these nameless men and women - so I decided to stay and get to know them.
WHAT I DO
While my corporate background is in business & marketing - God has used me as a teacher for almost 2 years, and despite the challenges, I have found such joy through the students I interact with and the individuals I meet in the city.
I currently work with two organizations that provide vocational training and support to those in need of opportunity or seeking a life outside of exploitation.
Armed with a newfound passion for justice, empowerment and social development - This spring I'm venturing to another country in SE Asia to work alongside incredibly strong women who are fighting for a dignified career. I could not be more humbled or excited to join them on this journey while utilizing my background to support program development.
I believe that the provision of safe work for women through small business helps champion the fight against modern day slavery.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This leap of faith requires financial backing and a lot of prayer.
I need to raise $18,000 to provide for a year of living expenses & expat obligations (visas, etc.). I will be serving as a full time volunteer staff in a city where cost of living is high.
See my budget breakdown HERE.
Due to the sensitive nature of our work and respect of those I will work with, my public communications will be kept somewhat general. I would love to talk more with you personally about this work and keep you posted through regular email updates! You can sign up on my blog jennaferlewis.wordpress.com.
Would you consider joining my team by giving a one-time or monthly donation?
MONTHLY DONATIONS can be setup HERE.
**For a tax deductible donation, please give HERE.**
I'm also looking for a team of individuals to commit to praying for not only myself but the women in our program, my coworkers and those yet to be reached. Please email me if you'd like to be added to this list >>
I’m thankful and overwhelmed at the support and encouragement I’ve received since moving to SE Asia. I’m so hopeful for the ways God will continue to work and transform hearts for his glory.