A Day Off

I took my first and needed day off today. It was delightful hanging out with a good friend.  I have known Sam since 2010.  He came to Cambodia with about $2.00 in his pocket.  Pastor Rob Cady, a Baptist missionary, helped Sam get on his feet.

Sam is a personal fitness trainer.  He trains local Cambodians in physical fitness and nutrition. Chantha Kong performed the ceremony for Sam’s and his wife, Votay’s wedding. This week Sam and Votay purchased a plot of land as an investment.  How would I describe Sam? Kind, gentle and motivated to succeed.

Today Sam and I went shopping.  He helped me negotiate a good price on some fake jewels—not an easy task. We enjoyed Sushi for lunch, then went bowling. The plan was to play three games.  Best of three wins. Sam won game one, I won games two and three.

Not wanting to leave a loser, he suggested we play the best of five games.  Okay.  I won games four and five. Old guy won 4 to 1.  In the process I even pulled my 62-year-old hamstring and still beat him (High game, 185). We drank iced Caramel Macchiatos at Starbucks and visited a returnee at his place of employment.

Now I need rest.

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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 “A Day Off”

  1. Sounds like a full day! And exhausting… five games of bowling is a lot of work. LOL. Glad you got to spend some time with Sam. Tell him I said hello.

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