Cambodia

Praise the Lord that Christian Aid is reaching the nations!

— Donna K., PA

The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

Thank God for the good work you are doing.

— David E., NY

I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.

— DonnElise K.

Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.

— Janet H., MT

Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.

— Sonja K., ME

Praying for each of you every day!

— Kenneth S., FL

God bless everyone involved in Christian Aid.

— Sheila B., CA

As we welcomed a new granddaughter recently, our hearts also ached for these children born as refugees. May this gift, however small, alleviate some hungry cries. We continue to pray for peace.

— Ron and Natalie T., MD

Top 5 People Groups

Central Khmer: 13,969,000

Vietnamese: 787,000

Kampuchea Krom: 267,000

Western Cham: 241, 000

Teochew Han Chinese: 184,000

Religion

Buddhist: 85.1%

Ethnic: 5.8%

Christian: 3.2%

Evangelical: 1.6%

Muslim: 2.2%


Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

Wikipedia

About Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia, formerly known as Kampuchea, is an impoverished Southeast Asia country that has endured tremendous political and social upheaval. It is located in the Indochina Peninsula and shares borders with Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand. About 88 percent of Cambodia´s population is made up of the Khmer people, descendants of a vast empire that dominated the region for 600 years.

In the mid-1800s France began to colonize Cambodia, and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. After a period of Japanese occupation during World War II, the country gained its full independence from France in 1953. The Khmer Rouge, an extreme Marxist group, seized control of the government in April 1975 and began its reign of terror. This was followed by a Vietnamese invasion and ten years of occupation. More civil war and instability ensued. The kingdom is now a ceremonial monarchy with a king serving as head of state while Hun Sen, the head of government, serves as prime minister. In power since 1985, Hun Sen is one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world and the second longest serving leader in Southeast Asia.

Surviving one of the bloodiest genocidal campaigns of the 20th century, Cambodia is still recovering economically, emotionally, and spiritually over 30 years after the ouster of the Communist Khmer Rouge. More than 1.5 million Cambodians died from executions, starvation, and other forced hardships in what is referred to as “the killing fields.” Those targeted for annihilation included the educated, doctors and civil servants, former military personnel, wealthy citizens, and religious leaders.

Buddhism is the national religion and has been since the 15th century. In its attempt to eradicate all religions, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of most of the Buddhist monks as well as many Christians. In the 1990s, only a few thousand Christians remained, but remarkably believers make up more than three percent of the population today. Church growth has greatly multiplied during the past 20 years, mostly through the work of indigenous church planters and evangelists.

Recent Prayerline Posts

CAMBODIA. When homeless street children are fed, bathed and wearing clean clothes, they feel loved, and hope flows into their hearts like streams in the thirstiest desert. Kampuchea for Christ rescues abandoned children in Cambodia. The ministry needs $275 per month to serve these desolate young ones. Pray the children will experience the transforming love of God ...

CAMBODIA. Amid the stench and refuse of the city dump in Phnom Penh, poor children and their families prop up cardboard for a home and pick through waste to find food.

This is the place valueless and broken things are thrown; but discarded people also end up here. They are outcasts or just too poor to live even in the slums ...

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... as he shared Christ, he was shocked by the large number of refugees fleeing from the war raging throughout the countryside. He never dreamed of the horror that was to follow. Within days he was thrust into the middle of the nightmare, when Khmer Rouge guards forced him into a slave labor camp. Read more.

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