Flood of Hope

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My staff, Chantha, Mout, and Van, back together, and hungry!

The growth of the city of Phnom Penh over the past decade can fool you. Eight years ago the beat down little town was beginning to heal and awaken from the devastation of war. Today, things have changed. From a distance it appears there may be a master plan for this burgeoning city, but look more closely and it is a hodge-podge of buildings erected by foreign investors. Like a tsunami, everything in its path is overcome.

As we made our way through the rising tide of monolithic towers in search of men in need of rescuing, we met about 20 of the 47 new deported arrivals, most of them shell-shocked by being removed from the only country they have known. They are staying in a make shift dormitory, on cots, until they are able to find a place of their own. Our staff made contact with these men to let them know Hope Now will be here if they need help finding a job and getting on their feet. From experience we know many will turn to alcohol and drugs.

This morning I taught a Bible study with several men who have been here for a while. In the study we talked about how there is a war between the Spirit and flesh. This opposition is a battle every man faces. The only way to overcome it is to walk by the Spirit (tough to do!).

Sunday will be an exciting day. After attending church our staff member, Mout Iv and his wife Mary are renewing their wedding vows. They were married several years ago in a cultural wedding with Buddhist trappings. Today they want to reaffirm their vows before God as they have grown in their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is happening on a little boat on the Mekong river. I will be performing the brief ceremony as Mout and Mary stand before God and about 20 of their friends.

Our Battambang staff member, Van Veth and his wife Ravy, made the six-hour trek by van to Phnom Penh and arrived this afternoon. We all enjoyed dinner together at one of the best places to eat in Phnom Penh, Mama’s New York Deli.  Now we gear up for a busy three days; Our second annual staff leadership conference begins on Monday!

Please pray for our staff here as they reach out to the lost and lonely deported men. They are doing a tremendous job and I am proud to serve with them and lend support and encouragement as they grow and help other men do the same along the way. May they bring a flood of hope to those they touch. Thank you for financially supporting Hope Now’s Cambodia work (click here).

 

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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.

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