Photo 2008 by Beth Kanter,
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.
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.
Southern border of Cambodia near Vietnam
1.20 % adherent and 0.60 % evangelical
They have a complete Bible translation.
The Jesus film is available in the Central Khmer
There has been widespread
church-planting in the last two years.
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
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