Come What May

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

~ Ephesians 3:20-21 ~

God is always surprising me; but nowadays I am less surprised that He provides, and more just amazed by the ways He provides. So many times we have come to the point of having nothing, and then, out of left field, God provides. I’m learning to stop suggesting to God the ways He could provide and just thank Him in advance for His marvelous provision. I also want to make special mention of the White Salmon Church in America, who have been so generous to us over the past couple of years. Thank you all so much for your sacrifice.

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men. For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” ~ Psalm 107:8-9 ~

God hasn’t just been providing my physical needs, but also filling every other aspect of my life with His love and care. He has taught me so much over the past six months. My life changed 100% when Eugenia, a friend working at AENON, Malaysia, introduced me to the seminars of Horst Mueller. God used those seminars to help me better understand myself, righteousness by faith, and how to completely trust God (not that I have perfected it, but there has been substantial improvement! I now feel like I have tools to use when faced with difficult situations). Another book God brought into my life that has been an immense blessing is What Shall I Do To Inherit Eternal life, by Margaret Davis. The journey has been intense and amazing. The biggest thing that brings me so much joy is that finally, many of the good things I’ve wanted to do for years I can now do. Spending time with God is now something that I not only truly desire but actually enjoy doing. Little things that annoyed me before no longer do; and useless things I did before I now have no desire to do them. Now I feel empathy for my students who give me a hard time, because now I understand why they do what they do. I just wish I had learned this all much sooner… and I know I still have much to learn! I’m grateful that God never gives up on any of us!

We just finished Camp-meeting. It’s the second one we’ve had here in the 7 years I’ve been here. The last one was 3 years ago. Tim and the Grade 11 and 12s did weeks of work to prepare the grounds for all the campers. The whole event was very well organised and proved a blessing for everyone who attended. At least on Sabbath we had about 1200 people on the property. We heard amazing testimonies of how God is working all over Cambodia, and we praise God for what He is doing. Ely and I were kept busy by a stream of people and children who came to see the horses. We were able to tell them what we were doing and testify to God’s faithfulness.

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Another blessing we had was a clinic held in town by a group of international vets. They put on 3 days of neutering and vaccinating local cats and dogs. I was able to get all three of our cats desexed. Unfortunately I was not able to get our dog Hadadsah spayed as she was nursing puppies at the time… and I had tried so hard to keep her away from all suitors! The puppies were cute though, and this time Hadassah kept her health and we were able to let her nurse the puppies for more than 8 weeks before finding them good homes with some of our dorm students.

Patty, one of our cats… no her eyes are not different colors, I’m not sure what the camera did.

I’ve been challenged by teaching English to Grade 11 and 12. I normally only teach 7 and 8, but this year I have 8, 10, plus 11 and 12. Tim has requested that we change our teaching style a bit and try to use the Bible as our textbook. I think I’m getting the hang of it now… can’t say I enjoy marking essays all that much, but it must be done! We have a much improved discipline system this year. Teacher Sophanny and Teacher Ty have been doing a great job following everything up. There are still some difficult situations that I am not sure how to deal with, but I’m praying that God will help me understand, be patient, and keep loving the students no matter what.

We have been blessed with new volunteers, some short term – Bree, from Australia; Adina, from Switzerland; Julia, from Ukraine, and Caleb, from Australia. By the end of this week we will also be joined by Forest, from New Zealand. We thank God for sending the teachers and help we need just on time. I’ve also met some wonderful new friends through Seyha’s tour business. Seyha always invites them to join us for church.

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And Emily came to visit! She was a former volunteer whom we hadn’t seen for a couple of years. She spent three very short months with us over Christmas. It was like she’d never left!

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Weddings! Last September I visited Australia to attend the wedding of my youngest sister. It was great to have almost the whole family together again. I got to meet my nephew and his wonderful mother, and very much enjoyed myself. Then I was blessed to join the wedding of two former students of mine, Niet and Luon last month. We also have another wedding to attend on Monday. Two of our Khmer teachers (both also former students of mine), Peith and Sart. I wish all the new couples a long life filled with all the fullness of God.

Lastly, there is one situation that will not go away, no matter what Ely, Tim, or I do. There is a homeless man who has a penchant for drinking too much, and also doesn’t seem to be fully in his right mind… It all began about a year ago, when he first came into our yard and tried to move into our house. Started putting his meager possessions away under my food rack. We managed to send him off to one of the orphan houses for a feed… he promised he’d be back… and he has kept that promise. On average, at least once or twice every two weeks he comes back to our house. Sometimes he leaves when asked to, sometimes he’s been drunk and refuses to leave, or just laughs at us. Our dogs always let us know when he comes as they really seem to dislike him. He mostly ignores them or tries to make friends with them. A couple of weeks ago he upped his game. He brought a broom to give us as a gift. When questioned as to why he was bringing us a broom, he replied that Ely was his wife, and she needed it to keep his house (our house) clean. Three of our naughtiest young orphan boys redeemed themselves in our eyes as they placed themselves between us and him and told him to leave. This morning before 5AM, while it was still dark, and we were having our personal devotions, the dogs went off again. I didn’t think much of it, until Hadassah came inside and sat down beside me. I decided to check so I went to the front door; there was no one there, but as I walked down the steps I nearly tripped over his gift…. another broom and one of his water bottles! He’d opened the gate, walked straight through the dogs and been at our slightly open door! Tim has taken him to the police station many times and it doesn’t dissuade him in the slightest. We don’t think that he is dangerous. He does have one false leg, and is shorter than Ely. We just are not sure of how to help him understand that he can’t keep coming to our house at all hours of the day! We thank God for His continued protection.

I used to think that life was pretty straightforward, and that the kinds of excitement that you see on daytime dramas wasn’t an accurate representation of reality (and they truly aren’t!). But since letting God lead my life it has been much more filled with strange and dramatic incidents… some good, others less appealing. But one thing remains the same, and that is that God is always there with us to see us through. Whatever He allows is for my benefit and I can trust Him come what may!

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” ~ John 10:10 ~

☆ picture credits to whom they are due: studio team, Emily, Raffael, and others

HoofTrek in the Newswest

Back in March, Ely and I submitted an article on HoofTrek to the Newswest (an Adventist magazine for the Western Australian Conference) And yesterday, I was contacted by an old friend who told me she’d read it in the latest (May) addition, which came out on the 24th.

Here’s a link to the magazine, and the article is on page 17
HoofTrek in the Newswest

And here’s a link to the HoofTrek website

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Wind and Rain

“For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” ~ Psalm 91:11 ~

We’ve had two rain-showers in a week; it’s wonderful. The trees have lost their red, dusty look, and the grass is trying to grow back. It’s the first bit of rain we’ve had in nearly six months, and last year’s wet season wasn’t very wet. I’ve even seen the bottom of a couple of our ponds – a new sight for me.

The thing about rain in this country, is that it is always preceded by a strong wind. These two rainfalls were no exception. And the thing about this strong wind is.. well it tends to break the trees. We’ve had two big broken branches down at our house, one from a while ago, and one from last night. Fortunately, no one has been hurt.

But last night, Ely and I were returning from the studio. It was dark, and the road was muddy and slippery. Our motorbike has no light (no problem – we use a flashlight), but apart from that it works fine. Well this thought came into my head that there could be trees down so I should drive slowly. I was like, no problem God, I got this, slow it is. So we headed back home, dodging all the small branches that had come down and littered the road. We reached a more open path and I tried to increase the speed a little, but for some reason the bike refused to change into 3rd gear. I was in the process of telling Ely how now we have no choice but extra slow because the gears wouldn’t change, when we rounded the corner near the school and this loomed up out of the dark at us…

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I guess God’s idea of slow and mine are a little different, but I am thankful that He kept us safe. We stopped, jumped off and the motorbike just fit under the tree. This morning, hopped on the motorbike and it changes gears no problem…

We did have one tree fall on a house last night, but the young man who lives in there wasn’t hurt, nor did he lose any of his belongings.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 ~

All this talk about wind makes me think of the story of the Holy Spirit being poured out on the disciples on the Day of Pentecost, and all the amazing things that God did through His disciples. I pray that, like the strong winds here, God’s love will sweep over Cambodia and bring refreshing and new life in Him to the Khmer people.

I have some pictures from the Evangelism Team. They seem to be working hard and having a good time. Keep them in your prayers, and may many people see Jesus in them. They’ve been doing house visitation, a children’s program and night meetings I believe.

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In other news; after many years Tim and Wendy are rebuilding their house. The old wooden one they’ve lived in for 20 odd years has served them well, but finally it became evident that the termites were winning the war and the house was no longer stable. There was a concern that it might come down in some of the afore mentioned strong winds that occur a lot during rainy season. So it has gone from looking like this:

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to this

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I was told that as the builders pulled it apart, 5 of the columns simply collapsed – they’d been eaten nearly completely through by the termites. So soon work will begin on their new house, and hopefully it won’t take too long.

God bless, please keep the Khmer people, and WPY in your prayers.

His Mercy Endures Forever

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! ” ~ Psalm 107:15

Here we are, into our third week of final term. The students and teachers are all starting to get restless for the end of this school year. For me personally, I am struggling to wait patiently for the end of the school year, because at that time I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to a place I’ve never been and to spend time with people that I love, and also take an opportunity to share with others about mission work. I thank God for this chance and look forward to see what He wants me to do and learn from it. Fortunately, I have a lot of work to do; as I am actually leaving a few weeks before school ends (I know; I have nothing to complain about!) I have to have all my classes and their exams finished before that date.

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Two weeks ago, I attended another wedding of two of my former students, Sokha and Srey Leak. It was a small, but beautiful affair. They are two very intelligent and hard-working people and I wish them God’s richest blessings in their life.

Last week, one of the dormitory girls became very sick, and nothing that was done for her was helping her to recover. She got worse and worse, and so Tim took her to a clinic in town. They didn’t want to treat her at their clinic, and suggested the hospital – which in code means, they thought there was a possibility that she might die. So off to the hospital they went. After blood tests, the doctors said that she was suffering from septic shock caused by two different infections in her body – neither of these infections had manifested themselves in a way that our medics here could tell that she had them. The hospital put her on strong antibiotics, and at first she continued to get worse, even needing to be put on oxygen. The doctor said that at best we could hope for some improvement in 4 or 5 days, and at worse, 5 – 6 months for a full recovery. Her family, especially her older brother, were very worried, as were the rest of us back here, and much prayer was raised on her behalf. Prayers that God heard! By the third day of her stay in hospital, a Sabbath in fact, she was up out of bed and brought back to us here at WPY. We praise God for this miracle, for her healing, and the way He has shown this family that He cares for them. I hope that this experience will give them hope and encouragement whenever they are facing hard times in their lives.

Our Two Diamonds in the dorm

Our two Diamonds in the dorm

Our grade 11 and 12s, led by the former graduates who completed the LIGHT or PAFCOE courses headed out on May 1st, to a village named Swai Sohr, to hold an evangelistic campaign – similar to the one held last year in a different village. We haven’t heard much from them yet, but ask that you will join us in keeping them in your prayers. That the students, will be blessed by sharing, and drawn closer to God; and that God will prepare the hearts of those who will hear the message and draw them to Himself.

Former Graduates

Former Graduates

 “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” ~ Psalm 107:43 ~

Jol Ch’nam Holidays

Happy Khmer New Year!

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” ~ Psalm 34:8 ~

We’re nearly to the end of our holidays here. It’s been hot and busy, but very enjoyable for me. Mainly because we had a Canadian family here to help plan and build a playground for WPY. So once school was out I went to work with them. They are a very hard-working, and very kind family. I spent a lot of time working and playing with them. I love them very much, and was very blessed by their time of service here. 20150410_103531 They worked very hard on the playground. They built swings, seesaws, a sandpit, a climbing wall, a cargo net, and many other wooden and tire climbing structures. They also left us with equipment to finish building a zipline and a tire swing. The children love their new playground, and spend much time playing there each day. We also had a group of grade 8 school children from Taipei, Taiwan come for a week and help with building the playground. 11149345_10152671653377484_3919433511289553555_n This holiday I was blessed to attend the wedding of two of our graduates, Ty and Laihun. They have both been to study at LIGHT in the Philippines and recently returned to begin working together here for their fellow countrymen. 1528524_968287233181388_2559533748989260738_n I was also blessed to be at Caleb and Savorny’s engagement, which took place at Savorny’s home in the village. It was a beautiful ceremony, and afterwards some of us climbed up the mountain behind her house to the waterfall. There was no water falling over the falls, but there were a few lovely pools. We had a wonderful time running from pool to pool trying to find the coolest water. 10985314_812273305495240_587257334608890800_n20150408_141225We also celebrated the orphans birthday last Monday. A day filled with games, pizza, presents, and a very soapy water slide. The Canadian family left the next day, and since then I have been catching up on school prep and other work that I had originally planned for the holidays. School begins this coming Monday. I don’t feel very rested, but I do feel very blessed when I think back to all the experiences of these holidays and the many ways that God has shown me His love and tender care. 10403176_10153184556348363_7965052162606374303_n The 10 month IMET (International Medical Evangelism Training) course starts on May 1st and there are still openings available for students if anyone is interested in joining. The last of the teachers arrived yesterday and they are eager to begin teaching others and equipping them to share the Gospel with the people around them. Also if anyone is interested, we have teacher openings for our new school year which begins in September. Qualifications are a love for God and a willingness to serve. See the Be Involved page for more details and contact Tim if you are interested in volunteering. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always, amen. IMG_6473.jpg Kat

A Christmas Song

I know it’s way past Christmas now, but this has just been uploaded to Youtube. I’m having a proud teacher moment, and want to share it…. after all, everyday is a day to celebrate our Savior and the work He has done to save us… and aren’t the children wonderful?

Semester 2

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” ~ Psalms 37:25 ~

Exams are finished, and all marking is done. Semester Two has officially begun, and I’m going to do things better this semester. I’ve set up my teaching system better and have been doing actual recorded-in-a-findable-place class planning (as opposed to a jot-down-some-ideas-on-a-random-piece-of-paper class planning style). I’m liking it, and I know it will make exam time much easier… but finding I’m giving more worksheets than before (not a bad thing, but I’m also marking them.. and I have over 90 students so it takes forever!).

Today I had the opportunity to talk with one of my Gr. 8 students about the process of sanctification. It’s these moments that I teach for.

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We have had a few students from Gr. 7 and Gr. 9 leave us. Some changed schools, and others returned to their homeland. We miss them, and pray that God blesses them and continues to guide them. We also said goodbye to Claudia, who headed back to the US after spending a few months here teaching. We miss her and know that God will continue to use her to bless others wherever she goes.

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I did pick up Grade 9 English, and I am finding them a slightly distracted, but enjoyable class. I only teach them in the afternoons, when it is hot and they are tired. I am having to use all my limited creativity skills in keeping them interested and interactive. But it’s great to have a chance to teach a higher level of English, and be able to do some more critical thinking activities.

KMET (Khmer Medical Evangelism Training) began on the 2nd of March, it will last for 3 or so weeks. There are ten or so students of varying ages from all over Cambodia. We pray that the program will be a blessing to them, and they in turn will use the skills they learn to be a blessing back in their homes. The Khmer students who returned from PAFCOE and LIGHT are teaching the course. It is a big step for them, and they are doing a wonderful job. The other new project, IMET (International Medical Evangelism Training), will begin on May 1st (I think). It is a 10 month course, and we are eager to see it begin.

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Ely and I have been working on the paddocks for HoofTrek, clearing them of sticks and debris and working on getting the ground flat and grass growing – a challenge in dry season! We very much enjoy living in our little house, and I am thrilled that we’ve managed to block up all escape routes and our dogs now stay inside the fence. But being that we’re quite busy with teaching that is all going rather slowly for now, although we do praise and thank God for a recent donation from Australia towards the HoofTrek program.

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Ely will be visiting Australia in April, and will be at Easter Camp 2015 held in Perth this April. Hopefully she will be able to share with our fellow church members there about mission work in Cambodia, and hopefully encourage others to get involved.

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Here are two small, not overly huge things, that God has done in my life… (well they mean a lot to me)

Firstly, just after we moved into our new place, at school one day, I lost my keys. I looked everywhere for them: in my bags, my classrooms, the staffroom. I couldn’t find them anywhere, and I was so disappointed with myself for losing my keys. We’d have to buy all new locks for the house and gates and so on. Well Ely and I prayed about it and went to look one more time. We entered the staffroom again, and I was rummaging through the key box hoping someone had put them in there, when something prompted me to ‘look down’. So I did and there, right under the desk, hanging on the edge of an empty box was my keys. I have no idea how they got there, as if I had dropped them or they had fallen off the desk they would have hit the floor not gotten stuck on the box which was pushed under a ways. I know keys are just little things, but I am so glad that the angels put the keys there and helped me to find them.

Secondly, three or so years ago, I ‘lent’ some money to a struggling Khmer family. I say ‘lent’, but I didn’t expect to ever receive it back, and honestly I forgot completely about the event. Well, just yesterday, I was reviewing my financial situation, and stressing a little bit. I was wondering how God was going to provide when I couldn’t see a way. But that afternoon, the family approached me and started talking to me, at first I thought they wanted to borrow money, but after a bit I was made to understand that they were returning the money I had lent them. I was shocked, and ashamed of doubting God. It was like He was saying, “O ye of little faith!” to me. I remembered the quote from EGW, “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet.” –The Ministry of Healing, p. 481. (1905) 
I immediately confessed my doubt and lack of faith to God and I give thanks and praise Him for being so gentle and merciful to me. I only hope that I can show the same grace, gentleness and mercy to my students in the different situations I face with them.

 

Camp-Meeting

“And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Also, on the tenth of this seventh month, this is a day of atonement. It shall be a holy convocation to you. And you shall afflict your souls and offer a fire offering to Jehovah. And you shall do no work in that same day, for it is a day of atonement, in order to make an atonement for you before Jehovah your God.” ~ Leviticus 23:26-28 ~

As part of my Grade 10 Bible Class, I teach about the Day of Atonement, and one of the things that is taught as something to be done during the Day of Atonement is Holy Convocation. Holy Convocation is the gathering together of God’s people for the purpose of exhorting and encouraging one another. It is to be a time where God’s people recount God’s mercies, tell of His wonderful works, offer praise and thanksgiving and contemplate the sacrifice of Christ. Inspiration tells us that when we God’s people do these things their faith is strengthened.

I’ve been very blessed by the camp-meeting that we’ve been having this week, and I can see how much it has been a blessing to the Khmer people who have attended. I was blessed by the sermons I listened to by Pr. Sindara (from Indonesia), Mr. Griswold (USA), and a sermon about the commandments that I heard from a member of the ASAP team. The theme of the camp was “Grace”.  We were also blessed to have many other missionaries attend. It was good to share outreach ideas and pray for one another. There is so much work to be done – I must say once again; if God is calling you to give your life in service to Him as an overseas missionary, say, “Yes!” You’ll never regret saying yes to God!

An interesting aspect of this camp-meeting was the youth and children’s afternoon activities. They would break into groups of about 20 or so, and go into the town and surrounding villages and participate in different outreach activities. These activities included, picking up rubbish, handing out tracts, and going around trading fruit for cigarettes – along with explaining to them the harmful effects of smoking and the benefits of eating fruit.

It wasn’t all work though. The young people enjoyed a day at Kulen Mountain, including swimming at a beautiful waterfall, and also a trip to Baray (Baray is a large man-made lake near Siem Reap that was part of the ancient water system of the Khmers). The week finished off with a concert on Saturday night, where each province was able to perform an item or two. My favorite was the Vietnamese/Khmer group. They made everyone laugh with their hand cleaning dance and their chicken dance. After the concert they went and made many large bonfires and cooked sweet potato and corn to eat, followed by games and socializing. I left to go sleep at 11PM and they were still going strong at that time.

This morning, they had all left to return home by 8AM or so. It is very quiet here now. School begins again tomorrow and we have a week and a half to exams.

Thank you for keeping Cambodia in your prayers. May God bless you and guide you into a closer, deeper relationship with Him each day as you surrender your life to Him.

P.S see HoofTrek for the latest update on our living situation!

Unreached People Groups in Cambodia #1

Western Cham of Cambodia

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”  ~ Revelation 7:9 ~
Introduction / History

ChamThe Western Cham (or Khmer Islam) live near Cambodia’s major cities, including Phnom Penh, and along the Mekong River. They speak Western Cham, a Malayo-Polynesian language that uses an old Devanagari script-the alphabet in which many modern Indian languages are written.

Long ago, the Cham had a strong empire, called Champa, located in southern Vietnam. Although Champa was always at war, it flourished until the late 1400’s. In 1471, Champa was invaded and destroyed by the Vietnamese, and most freemen and aristocrats fled to Cambodia. Only recently has there been a revival of Cham national pride, spurred on by governmental promises of ethnic freedom.

Cambodia thrived until 1969, when civil war between the government and the Communist Khmer Rouge threw the country into turmoil. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died while the Khmer Rouge ruled (1975-1979).

What are Their Lives Like?

In 1975, the Khmer Rouge regime nearly destroyed Cambodia. Widespread starvation led to the deaths of over one million people. Currency was abolished, medicine was forbidden, religion was eradicated, and education was suspended. Many people were massacred-sometimes because they could read; other times simply because they wore eye glasses. This was all done in the name of “ideal rural social reform.” In 1975, more than 250,000 Muslim Cham lived in Cambodia. With the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime, however, their population was decimated.

From the beginning, the Cham were singled out as a minority group and subjected to annihilation because they practiced Islam. Captured and removed from their homes, they were forbidden to speak their native language and forced to eat pork, which is an abomination to Muslims. Thousands escaped to the forests; but they were pursued and killed. About 100,000 Cham were said to have been executed at that time, and the survivors were dispersed into small groups. The few Cham who successfully concealed their identities often died from disease or starvation.

Today, the remaining Cham survive by farming, fishing, building boats, and light commerce. Bombing, civil war, and war with the Vietnamese have brought an end to the once thriving agricultural economy. The soil is not fertile, but the plains flood every rainy season. This overflow is full of fish while it lasts, and leaves rich alluvial deposits when it recedes.

m15361_cbCham villagers are extremely poor, and their settlements convey a sense of impermanence. Homes are made of split bamboo and are elevated above the ground to protect against flooding. Their diet of fish, rice, and vegetables is adequate, but most other necessities of life are severely lacking. The typical home has few adornments and domestic utensils.

The Cham in Cambodia have preserved some of their original traits, such as the position of authority held by the maternal uncle. However, for the most part, they are entirely integrated into the Cambodian lifestyle and many now speak Khmer (Cambodian).

Cham society is matrilineal (line of descent is traced through the women). This is due to the fact that more men than women were killed between 1975 and 1979, creating a skewed sex ratio. Women now must perform the duties that once belonged to the men.

What are Their Beliefs?

At the climax of the Champa Empire, two cultural influences predominated: the Hindu culture of India and the Islamic culture of the Malay. Consequently, the Cham practice a distorted version of Shi’ite Islam. A special tradition is the burying of their dead twice. Immediately after death, the person is buried in a temporary grave. After a year has passed, his bones are removed and taken to a permanent place to be buried with his rings.

What are Their Needs?

Although mission agencies have worked among the Western Cham of Cambodia, progress has been slow. Practical help, such as the teaching of skills to enhance their life are needed.

Ministry Obstacles
This Muslim community living in Buddhist Cambodia may have become especially protective of their culture and their religion.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained prayer is needed to prepare hearts of the Cham. Gospel recordings and the Jesus film can both be useful in communicating the good news of Jesus. Medical Missionary work, language and other skill set schools would be a way to reach these people for Jesus.

Prayer Points

* Pray that missions agencies currently serving the Western Cham will be granted God’s wisdom and favor.
* Ask the Lord to call additional long-term laborers who are willing to go to Cambodia and share Christ with the Western Cham.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the few known Western Cham Christians.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will faithfully stand in the gap and intercede for these precious people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Western Cham.
* Many Western Cham can speak Khmer, and there are many Christian resources in Khmer available, pray that Khmer Christians will reach out and share Christ with the Western Cham.

Stats

 

People Name: Cham, Western
Country: Cambodia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 237,000
World Population: 289,000
Language: Cham, Western
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
1.1

 

See the link below for the original article, and many more articles of unreached people groups.
http://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15361/CB?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Unreachedof%2520the%2520Day%2520-%2520Monday%2520Edition614111#resources