Help a Gecko come to America

Do you collect anything?  My sister collects spoons.  I have seen them in her living room mounted in nice little displays. My girls (one specifically) collected NBA basketball cards in their youthful days, volumes of them are in my garage attic turning a deeper shade of yellow each year by Fresno summer heat  When I was a kid I collected coins.  I still have them somewhere, and when I die a numismatically minded family member will inherit them and sell them on E-bay. I have a small collection of pocket knives in a little wooden box with real brass hinges made by my dad in 1939 when he was in school. There is no doubt I have other collections; political buttons and pins, stamps, too many baseball hats, lots and lots of books (although they are now all stacked in cyberspace).  I also collect geckos, metal ones.  I didn’t intend for my beloved geckos to become a collection, but it happened and now they cling noiselessly and motionlessly on my fence, observing  me unblinkingly as I flip hamburgers; all in an irregular yet ceremonial line just above my 60,000 BTU barbecue (Which is why it is good they are made of metal).

My first visit to the kingdom of Cambodia was in 2010.  Seven years later I still remember the wave excitement I felt when I boarded my flight to that strange country. Carol joined me on one trip, five years ago.  Since 2010 I have been to Cambodia eight times.

Carol and I traveled to the capital city, Phnom Penh, in 2012. 
In 2010 I traveled there with a pastor friend to help a young man who had been deported.  I had no plan of how to help him, I simply went and asked the Lord to guide me.

In twenty-four days I leave for trip number 9, this time I have a plan.  One of the highlights will be a conference for young men who have been deported; young men who feel called to be pastors (The Institute for Pastoral Leadership and Development). We will spend time working on preaching, leadership, and pastoral development.

My trip is paid for, but I need some help with the conference items; mainly books and printed materials, but also travel (bus) expense for one of the guys who is coming from a city several hours north of Phnom Penh. As of the time of this writing I am about $500 short of my goal.  Can you help?  There are several ways to give (tax-deductible too) so you can be a part of the adventure.

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You may give a tax-deductible gift by using any of the methods below:

Through Hope Now Bible Church:

Or,  you may send your gift through Hope Now For Youth at:

Hope Now For Youth

P.O. Box 5294

Fresno, CA 93755

No matter how you give, your tax-deductible gift will get to the right place; just note, “Cambodia” and I will use it for our conference.  Gecko number 9 will be coming ‘legally’ to America. I can guarantee it will be fully vetted before its arrival!  But more than sponsoring a metal gecko to hang on my fence, will you join me in helping train young men in a Buddhist country to reach others for Jesus Christ?


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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