Facing the Unknown


The sailing ship Dumfries was to be the home of Hudson Taylor for the next six months. It was September 19, and the seas were calm as the ship made its way from Liverpool down the Mersey River headed for the open sea of the Atlantic, then onward to China. The year was 1853, when no one could predict the weather. Hudson’s ship was surely headed to a watery grave.
“We cannot live half an hour now” said the captain shouting over the howling wind and pelting rain. The ship had scarcely left the Mersey when a violent “equinoctial gale,” as Hudson called it, caught them by surprise. The gale steadily increased and for twelve days the ship was battered and torn. Barrels rolled like projectiles across the deck and they feared all was lost.
Imagine facing the unknown like Hudson Taylor? Today, we have sophisticated satellite coverage worldwide that can spot a typhoon or hurricane from space and give warning to sea captains and airline pilots.  I am glad we do.
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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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