Lost on the Streets of Phnom Penh

Dirty, dangerous, depressing; Three adjectives which describe what it is like on the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  It is on these streets where we found Piseth.  He is a deportee from Long Beach, California.  Some deportees find their way, even in a strange land, but not Piseth.  He has struggled with alcohol and holding down a job.  His last job only paid about $100 per month.  But he couldn’t keep it.

We knew of Piseth and his struggles.  Last week our staff hit the streets to look for him. Our staff member Mout found him, took him to dinner, and found him a guest house stay for a few nights.  The guest house is $8 per night and includes a bed, fan, desk, bathroom and shower.  Mout purchased noodles for him to eat for breakfast.

Hope Now is searching for a permanent place for Piseth.  Our staff thinks they can find a place for $75 to $100 a month.  We will help him for three months and work with him to get back on his feet.

Piseth is not the only young man suffering depression from deportation.  There are hundreds.  We have a limited budget to help them, but it doesn’t cost much.  Our goal is to help these men from being lost on streets and help them find hope.

If you would like to be a part of helping our Cambodia work, you can designate your gift to this ministry at https://hopenowforyouth.org/donate/.  You can designate all or part of your gift for Cambodia.  We need your help. Thanks.


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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