Forged In Faith Oak Ministries – May 2018 Chamber Spotlight

In October of 2015, Jodi Sell’s family experienced a tragedy when her husband, Wesley, and her two children were in a boating accident in which Wes lost his life.  In the week following the accident as rescue teams worked tirelessly to find Wes’ body, Jodi and her children, along with close family and friends experienced an indescribable peace as they began the healing process at a cabin nearby. 

One year later, God shared with Jodi that she was to build a ministry.  In October 2016 Jodi gathered with close family and friends to honor Wes’ memory and held their first retreat.  By the end of 2016 the name of the ministry was revealed as well as the mission.

Moving into 2017, it became clear that God was ordaining Forged In Faith Oak Ministries (FIFOM) to provide retreats for others.  These retreats are designed to create a space in time for all those in attendance to unite together to meet Jesus in ways they have never done before.

In October 2017, FIFOM held their first Unite to Know Women’s retreat.  As 2017 came to a close the vision for Forged In Faith Oak Ministries was revealed and to date God continues to provide each step FIFOM is to take.

In February 2018, the ministry was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now governed by a board of directors; Jodi Sell, Guy Chambers, Audrey Chambers, Steve Dodson, and Deb Dodson.  These individuals also serve as the ‘core team’ for Forged In Faith Oak Ministries.  They hold the vision, walk out the mission daily and serve with all retreat lead teams.  All praise and glory is given to God as He continues to provide accelerated wonders.

Jodi explains, “At Forged In Faith Oak Ministries we are called by Christ to serve others with the intent of sharing the truth through grace, encourage wholeness through relationship with Jesus and stand in faith through His word.  Walking in the mission of UNITING to KNOW Jesus Christ, we provide opportunities for others to heal while not stifling God’s creativity on what that should look like.  These opportunities include retreats/events for women, men, youth, families, and organizations.”

Since the first retreat in October 2017, the opportunities for more retreats, speaking engagements and financial support due to the Big Give to Valley County has grown.  Currently the headquarters for FIFOM is being established with the expectancy to hold workshops, small retreats, art shows, art lessons, team coaching and individual coaching by the spring of 2019.

Jodi shares, “As far as the future goes, we leave that in God’s hands and know His plans are greater than ours.  We look forward to more opportunities to serve the community of Valley County and beyond.”

The areas of ministry FIFOM encompasses includes individual and team coaching/discipleship (GLOW Leadership), prayer (Unending Prayer), individual art opportunities, art workshops and art shows (ReAwaken); along with women, men, youth, family, team and organization retreats as well as growth/ and development workshops.

“Valley County is a tremendously proactive and vibrant community to live in.  We wholeheartedly believe in the organizations, businesses, smaller communities and families of Valley County. These entities make Valley County the amazing place it is.  We have already reaped the benefits of support from Valley County and will continue to choose to pay it forward not only in this county, but surrounding communities as well.”

Learn more about FIFOM from their website and get news on future events and happenings from their Facebook page including their upcoming Rough, Rugged, Ready Men’s Retreat on June 16, 2018.

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