As Bishop David Roller visited Light and Life Chapel this past week, he told members of the Free Methodist Church in Loyalsock Township that although times may be tough, Easter reminds them that there always is "outside help."
As the world is set to celebrate Easter, Roller said this past week has been one of "anticipation."
"The story continues this week. This is the week," he said.
Free Methodist Bishop David Roller recently visited Light and Life Chapel, 1680 Four Mile Drive in Loyalsock Township, to speak to members of the church about Jesus’ journey as Easter approaches.
The bishop spoke about Jesus' life and how before his birth, it was a "dismal" time to live.
"All they had to talk about was the good old days," Roller said of the time.
Roller explained that Jesus had a way of connecting with people and teaching in a way that was easy to understand.
"He talked to them about his father in ways they could understand," he said. "He told stories without needing to explain them."
But as Roller explained, "not everybody liked Jesus."
"The people who especially didn't like him were religious leaders. Unfortunately, people like me," Roller said.
And although many stated that "this is the one we've been waiting for over 1,000 years for," as Jesus made his way into Jerusalem, he ultimately was crucified.
After the service, Roller said Easter reminds people that they are not "stuck in life."
"There is outside help for us," he said of what his message was to church members.
"We acknowledge that we need help," said JJ Shimko, lead Pastor of Light and Life Chapel.
Roller, who served as a missionary in Mexico for 17 years, said he always is "amazed" when visiting churches.
"I love it and it's energizing," he said. "And in some ways I think I'm able to influence as I visit."
He always appreciates the work that many of the local members do for the church.
"I'm really much more amazed when I see how people volunteer in churches. They don't get paid," he said. "It's pretty impressive. Every time I go home (from visiting a church) I think, 'That's real.' "
After being a missionary, Roller then spent 10 years as Latin America Area Director for Free Methodist World Missions. He said his time abroad has taught him to not have a sense of "culture superiority." A different way of doing something does not make it wrong, he noted.
"Anytime you have two ways of doing things besides one way, you're richer," Roller said.
He compared it to a box of crayons.
"Now you have a lot more colors and can do better," Roller said. "It gives you more colors to paint with."
The experience also taught him about doing things off the cuff.
"The theme of the 28 years would be the Latinos taught me to that church can be noisy. And maybe should be noisy," he said. "They taught me to be spontaneous."