Since 2005 we have been regularly visiting, and ministering with various churches/ministries in Cambodia.
Our partners are seeing many people come to Christ, then discipled and trained to serve.
Today our major partnership is with the National Christian Churches Network Cambodia / Reach A Village Cambodia. There growth is rapid, from a few hundred churches early in this decade to well over 3000 today.
Discipleship and church planting are their main focus, which we are happy to support and partner with.
We work alongside great men and women of God ministering mainly in Leadership Training & Development and in their Church Planting Schools.
At least once a year we seek to sponsor and hold a pastor’s & leader’s conference. Often at the same time we conduct a three night Gospel Crusade where many, many people come to Christ as well as seeing a demonstration of Jesus power and glory; healing, miracles, signs and wonders.
We are also able to coordinate and provide an opportunity for short term ministries teams to visit Cambodia and experience first hand a real missionary adventure.
Please pray for Cambodia…
This is a nation that needs a visitation of God and to see transformation. We believe that blood of those martyred cries out from the ground and Cambodia is beginning to see a fresh and dynamic visitation of God with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
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Children at Risk
One of the great challenges we face in Cambodia is raising up the next generation.
We must help rescue…
- children from poverty
- a life of crime
- girls from being sold into the sex slave trade
These are real and ever present problems facing children and families throughout Cambodia.
You can make a difference in a child’s today. Your help and sponsorship is invited. Please click here to donate.
Though Cambodia is 94% Buddhist there is religious freedom. The Church has a great opportunity to spread the Gospel and many of the ministries working there are involved in aid/mercy ministries. These “good works” often opens the door to share the “Good News” and to see many come to faith in Jesus Christ.
One of our relief programs is WELLS OF LIFE providing sponsorship for sinking wells in areas where there is no access to fresh, clean drinking water. Thousands of people live without clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. A new well can drastically change and improve the quality of life for 100’s of families.
Facts & Statistics
- Population: 14.5 million with 9.6 under the age of 30 and two thirds of them (6.5m) under 20.
- 80.5% of Cambodians live in rural areas.
- Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is estimated that over one third live on less than .50c a day.
- The minimum wage is a meagre $30-$50 per month with up to 49% living on $1 a day or less.
- Only 37% of Cambodian adults are functionally literate.
- 80% of Cambodian women cannot read or write.
- Cambodia is 94% Buddhist, with 1-2% of the population Christian.
- Human trafficking is a major problem in Cambodia. As well as the ‘sex trade’ men and women are trafficked for forced labour in agriculture, fishing and construction.
- Children are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labour in organized begging rings, soliciting, street vending, and flower selling.
- A UNICEF study revealed that 35% of Cambodia’s prostitutes are under the age of 16.
- In Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital there are an estimated 10,000 – 20,000 girls working in prostitution, 15% are 9 – 15 years old.
- Up to 58% of sex workers were sold by family members into prostitution.
- Many of the prostituted women and children in Cambodia are from Vietnam.
- There is an estimated 670,000 orphans in Cambodia.
- The biggest dangers facing orphans are: Abuse, malnutrition and human trafficking.
- There are 35,000+ families living in slum areas.
- The most common health issues for slum families are: Tuberculosis, Aids and malnutrition.
- Life expectancy: Male 59; Female 65
- Over 30,000 Cambodian children under 15 have lost their parents as a result of AIDS.
Cambodia today still suffers from the catastrophic and murderous reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge (1975 – 79), when an estimated three million people died and/or were murdered. Rebuilding a nation after a period of genocide takes generations to heal and restore.
“I was nine years old when the soldiers came to my house. I saw people who had guns held to their head and shot. My hands were tied behind my back and I was thrown into the river to drown. I was lucky I had learnt to swim and kicked and kicked and got to the other bank of the river.”
Today this brother runs his own business and is a Board Member of the Good News International Education School, helping orphans and poor children receive an education.
In the 90’s the emerging church was given permission to exist and in 1993 Religious Freedom was declared. At that time there were around 5000 Christians. Since then the Church has been growing. Today there are estimated 3000 churches and 20,000 Christians.
Some Christians who had left the country began to return to minister to their people and today many church, mission organisations and aid agencies have a presence and work throughout Cambodia. The Church is growing and rapidly in some provinces. In Phnom Penh, the capital city, there are two churches with congregations of around 800 each with others of various sizes scattered across the city and throughout the nation
Missionaries first arrived in Cambodia in the 1920’s. In an anti-CIA campaign all missionaries were expelled in 1965. Between 1970 and 1975 missionaries were allowed to return and the church grew for a period.
The tragic years…
1975 – 1979 Pol Pot and his government, known as the Khmer Rouge subjected Cambodia to a radical social reform which resulted in the death/murder of an estimated three million Cambodians.
Missionaries again escaped the country and the Church was thrust into the worst period of persecution in their history. It is reported that 90% of Christians lost their lives during this time and by 1979 only 200 were left alive. Only three pastors survived the four years in labour camps.
Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge imposed an extreme form of social engineering on Cambodian society; a radical form of agrarian communism where the whole population had to work in collective farms or forced labour projects. In terms of the number of people killed as a proportion of the population it was the most lethal regime of the 20th century
During their four years in power, the Khmer Rouge overworked and starved the population, at the same time executing selected groups who had the potential to undermine the new state (including intellectuals or even those that had stereotypical signs of learning, such as glasses) and killing many others for even breaching minor rules.
The Khmer Rouge attempted to turn Cambodia into a classless society by depopulating cities and forcing the urban population (“New People”) into agricultural communes. The entire population was forced to become farmers in labour camps.
Money was abolished, books were burned, teachers, merchants, and almost the entire intellectual elite of the country were murdered, to make the agricultural communism, which Pol Pot envisioned, a reality. The planned relocation to the countryside resulted in the complete halt of almost all economic activity: even schools and hospitals were closed, as well as banks, and industrial and service companies.