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Kampuchea Krom People Group

Kampuchea Krom Kids

Photo 2008 by Beth Kanter, Cambodia4kids*


Country:  Cambodia

History:  Kampuchea Krom translates literally as 'lower Cambodians.' They are descendants of the original Khmer inhabitants of what is now southern South Vietnam. The Khmer controlled the region until the early 1600s. Today there are at least 8 million Khmer in Vietnam.

There are at least 242,000 Kampuchea Krom who have migrated from Vietnam and now live within the borders of Cambodia. Because of linguistic, political and social factors they are distinct in many ways from the wider Khmer population in Cambodia.

Their Lives:  Since the main religion of the Kampuchea Krom is Theravada Buddhism,  their beliefs do not include a concept of a living God. The goal of their religious devotion and rituals is to obtain merit that might somehow enable them to escape the cycle of reincarnation and achieve Nirvana, a state or place of nothingness. Theravada Buddhism is the public veneer of Kampuchea Krom religion, but animistic belief in the spirit world may have more of a hold on their daily lives. The Kampuchea Krom keep an altar outside their homes where they offer food and incense to the spirit world on a daily basis. Fortune tellers are regularly consulted at times of trouble.

Population:  242,000

Location:  Southern border of Cambodia near Vietnam

Language:  Central Khmer

Religion:  Buddhism

Christian %: 1.20 % adherent and 0.60 % evangelical

Scriptures: They have a complete Bible translation.  The Jesus film is available in the Central Khmer language.

Missionaries:  There has been widespread church-planting in the last two years.

Prayer Points:  

  • Pray that the church planting efforts will be effective and that a church-planting movement will begin soon.

  • Pray that signs and wonders will follow the Kampuchea believers and the missionaries.

  • Pray that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the people to receive and believe the Good News.

  • Pray that the Spirit of the Lord will hover over southern Cambodia and that righteousness and salvation will spring up. 

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Who?  What? Where?

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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