Go And Make Disciples

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As the Sun dipped below the horizon on my first full day in Phnom Penh, a good night’s rest was helpful to begin a new morning (Jet lag is still messing up my sleep cycle).  The first order of business (after making coffee) was reading the Word on my balcony.  I also sang some hymns and got my mind in gear for the day.

The “A” Team* met at my hotel and traveled via Tuk-tuk, to a local coffee shop for breakfast and a Bible study.  We enjoyed our food, and then got into the meat of the Word of God.  I led them through the first 13 verses of Romans 1.  In it, the Apostle Paul underscores the gospel and eight things a Christian should strive for:

  1.  Spiritual mindedness.
  2.  We are saved to serve.
  3.  Selfless.
  4. Submissive to the Sovereign will of God.
  5. Loving.
  6. Humble.
  7. Sensitive to the needs of others.
  8. Soul winners (bear fruit).

These Christian men are in dire need of discipleship.  I am somewhat amazed there is no one doing this here.

Our Institute for Pastoral Leadership and Development begins in a few day.  May God help me train some local men to be disciplers. The fields are white for harvest.

*The “A” Team is a term I use for the four of us pictured.  Over the past several years we have traveled around town together, meeting deportess and praying with them.



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.

7 thoughts on “Go And Make Disciples”

  1. Keeping all of you in prayer and your families here at home. May the Lord go before you and bless for efforts as you serve Him. Praying His grace and protection for all

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  2. Thank you Pastor for leading in the study of the Word today. Also, a blessing to have you back as our spiritual leader here in Phnom Penh, where we can get caught up in the world and our selfishness and forget our calling to serve and share the love of Jesus.


    1. You are welcome, my brother. It is a privilege for me to be here. The world is a tough place for us all, which is why we need each other. Thank you, Mout, for being a good friend as we grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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