One in Christ

The last Sunday worship service at Calvary Chapel, Water of Life Church. Eleven of us in all attended from Hope Now Cambodia: Chantha and Sharon, Sa, Tino, Sam, Veasna, Mout, his wife Mary, and his little son, Abel; Bait, and me.

For Mout, it was the first time his family had been in church together (his son is only 3 months old). It was a joy to see he is leading his family to Christ. I love Mout’s wife, Mary. She is Cambodian and instead of calling me Pastor, she calls me Master! We all get a laugh out of that.

I was asked to share a brief word of encouragement, through a pastor/interpreter. It is difficult to speak with an interpretor because the speaker must pause after every sentence. I would have like to say more (and have been more articulate) but my main point was that regardless of where we are from, we are all one in Jesus Christ.

The singing was wonderful. We sang songs in both Khmer (Cambodian) and English. Of course, I just hummed along during the Khmer songs since I don’t know the language. The pastor spoke from Romans 8 on our hope in the Lord, even though we suffer in this world.

After, we all went out for a buffet lunch. The rest of the day was one of rest. The temperatures soared today and the best place to be was inside.

Tomorrow is my last full day here. I am going on a ‘fishing expedition’ again with several of the brothers. We don’t know where God will lead us, but I will be sure to share with a post of our journeys.

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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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