Cambodia: Jenee Siems (HPC)
“I am currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with the Hard Places Community. I initially started working with the training center for young men in January 2015, called Punlok Thmey Men, teaching English and encouraging a deeper relationship with God. Now, I’m a Leadership Development Advisor and helping with operations for PTM as a whole. I want to see these men greatly succeed in their pursuit of healthier lifestyles and greater love for God and each other. See below for more information.
Jenee Siems Mission At-a-Glance
- Serving in Cambodia
- Mission focus: fighting against child sex trafficking
An Encouraging Word From Jenee:
“Those who have been bound, broken, oppressed and down-trodden will receive beauty for their ashes, gladness for their grief, a heart of praise for their weariness. They will become oaks of righteousness and strong towers, lights in the darkness, rebuilders of the ancient ruins. They will receive a double portion, rejoicing, and an everlasting joy.”
(based on Isaiah 61)
Cambodia has been through a lot, but the Lord restores and redeems all things!
More About Jenee Siems
The men we reach out to at PTM are current and former sex workers. My co-workers visit the male massage parlors, which are actually brothels, befriend the guys they meet, and advertise free English lessons (which are much desired by Cambodians). We teach English at our center in the mornings 5 days a week, and we offer opportunities to transition employment as the men so desire. We used to operate a Tour Company but are transitioning soon to having a restaurant to offer alternative employment through.
Working with the 6 Cambodian men currently on full-time staff (we have 2 more part-time staff), I get to teach about practical life application of Kingdom values and Biblical truths. I’m also working on creating an English Curriculum that will specialize for Cambodians and the needs of our program.
It is a great privilege to volunteer with the Hard Place Community and get to work with young people whose lives are transforming in so many ways because of the gospel of Jesus. God’s power is mighty and it is moving in the country of Cambodia!
For more information about HPC, visit www.thehardplaces.org