There Is No Hope, Unless…

Oppression is the word for the day.  It is everywhere in Phnom Penh: The insufferable heat; biting mosquitos; confluence of car, moto, tuk-tuk and bicycles; choking air; the heralding of the jackhammer each morning and throughout the day; and an attitude of, trust no one.  It is no wonder the deported men are lonely, discouraged, hopeless, dismayed, and defeated.  To mask the pain they turn to cheap alcohol, accessible drugs, and lustful passions.

There is no hope in Cambodia.

Unless the gospel comes.  When the gospel comes it stimulates, invigorates, awakens, motivates, and brings hope.  The gospel is the only hope.  One would think missionaries are pouring out the gospel, it doesn’t appear to be the case.  One pastor told me, “Many people and groups are here, doing a lot of good things, but they are not sharing the gospel.”

Sad. Tragic.

Tomorrow is our Hope Now Leadership and Development Institute. Three young men will join me.  I wish I could teach it for twenty-days, but I only have two.  The content is gospel driven, Bible centered, Jesus permeated. Nothing else will help. We must raise up men to Biblical leadership so they may impart the good news to the hundreds of deportees wandering through life. Pray for me as I lead this small group of men.

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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.

6 thoughts on “There Is No Hope, Unless…”

  1. Yes, prayer is what will help the men who have been deported. They are missing their families back in the States and a way of life in America that is not there in Cambodia. I am praying for them. I read Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

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  2. Yes, the only hope we have here is in the Gospel of Jesus Chris our King. I have been here going on 6 years next month and I honestly can admit that at times I have turn to lustful desire and alcohol to deal with hopelessness. But as a save child of God, the cross always remains me, that if I turn to Him He will restore my hope full of living Holy Spirit. No matter how many time I have turn my back on God, God never lost hope on me and have sent many people and situation to remain me that He is here to help me with my hopelessness here in Cambodia.
    Thank you Pastor Roger for bringing us hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to the leadership course for the next 2 days and hope God can humble me so I can serve Him as He have called be to do.


  3. You a video of words describing the conditions these men are living under! Even as a believer, I don’t know how strong I would be in that setting. I am praying daily for you and for the class and hearts that can hear and retain the food you will provide from His Word.

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