Area: 181,035 sq km
Fertile, forest-covered state of southwest Indo-China on the Mekong River.
Population: 15,053,112 Annual Growth: 1.66%
Capital: Phnom Penh
Official language: Khmer Languages: 25 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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Pray for the less-reached. The window of opportunity that now sees many enter the Kingdom may not stay open for much longer; the opportunities must be urgently seized. Pray for:
a) The Buddhist majority. Buddhism has lost some of its monopolistic grip on the people, but reactionary forces are moving against the clearly noticeable growth of the Church.
b) The Cham, almost entirely Muslim. The majority practice folk Islam, which incorporates animistic practices into more orthodox Islamic practices; within this is a strong strain of Fojihed Islam, which is rife with pre-Islamic magic and superstitions. There are a few Christians; pray for them to be gathered into fellowship together. Khmer Christians have not yet met this evangelistic challenge; pray also for wisdom for those already reaching out to the Cham.
c) The tribal peoples. Only among the Mnong, Jarai, Krueng and Stieng have significant numbers come to Christ. A further 18 Southeast Asian peoples can be considered unevangelized; pray for loving and appropriate witness to these peoples.
d) The six Chinese language groups constitute nearly 600,000 people who have largely assimilated into Cambodian society, but who are mostly unreached. Pray for Chinese believers from abroad to come as apostles to these people.
Christian ministries have diversified in recent years. Pray specifically for:
a) Literature. CMA has translated a range of materials, especially for church planting training. The Bible Society and others provide Khmer Bibles, NTs and Scripture portions. A new Khmer Bible was completed in 1998. Lifewords tracts and literature are widely appreciated.
b) Fount of Wisdom is a joint effort of CMA, EFC, AoG and OMF that trains Cambodian Christian writers, encourages production of indigenous materials for the Church and translates useful Christian literature from other languages. Pray for its positive impact on the Church and on the nation.
c) The JESUS film is being used in Khmer, Chinese, Vietnamese and other tongues. Fathers Hope is another film being used by The Book of Hope team to reach out to Cambodians.
d) Audio and video resources. GRN provides audio resources in 18 languages. Gods Story and Megavoice both have material in Khmer.
e) Christian radio. Over 300 hours per week, many in Khmer and on FM, can be heard. FEBC broadcasts 115 hours per week on local FM radio with notable response. TWR, GFA, World Harvest Radio and Lutheran Hour also broadcast in Khmer or various minority languages.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Cambodia.