Water of Life

We worshipped the Lord today. I waited in the courtyard of my hotel for Chantha and Sharon to come and pick me up. Water of Life is a growing church with a diversity of people, both locals and foreigners with lots of young people who are excited about Jesus and his Word.

The church is similar to Hope Now Bible Church in that the service comprises singing, prayer requests and the preaching of the Word. The difference is, the service lasts for two hours! There are four pastors who share the preaching duties. The young pastor today preached from Romans 8.

The leader of the group is pastor Kurt. Kurt and his wife Kendell are missionaries with Calvary Chapel. They’ve been here for three years. Prior to that they were working in Poland. They have four beautiful children.

Pastor Kurt and I hit it off right away. Like Carol and me, they are from So. Cal. (Huntington Beach), and we discovered that we have mutual friends. The Christian world is a small world. Kendall’s sister lives in Fresno!

Several of our Hope Now Cambodia friends came to church with us today, and we all went out for coffee afterwards. It was fun to spend time with Sam, Bait, China, Chantha and Sharon.

Tomorrow morning I am meeting up with Sam for Bible study before he goes to work. Sam is a good friend and I love being around him. If he were in Fresno I would hire him in a minute (although he and Johnny would be a handful).

It was a great day with wonderful people.IMG_8034IMG_8035IMG_8037IMG_8038IMG_8039IMG_8040IMG_8043IMG_8044

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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