Please pray for OMF Cambodia, which is in the midst of a leadership transition as Simon Porter steps down from the Field Director role at the end of February. Yuzo Imamura will be the Interim FD until a long term replacement is appointed. In addition to this, there are others on the leadership team currently on home assignment or in the middle of other transitions, so may the Lord direct our trust to Him in uncertain times.
You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other.
— Deuteronomy 4:35
Praise God for some encouraging things happening in a particular urban poor church in Cambodia and in the lives of people of the church, including successful outreach to non-believers through English programs and three young women who recently were baptized and joined the church.
Please pray for favor, if it’s God’s will, as OMF seeks to renew its long-standing Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Health Sciences in Cambodia. OMF have worked there for 20 years, but this year the renewal is under threat.
Please pray for Khmer healthcare students and workers who some OMF workers serve alongside, train and support. Pray that OMF workers would be salt and light in their interactions with them and they would persevere through stress and discouragement. Pray for them to cope with the expectations of their patients and care well for each individual that they treat.
Please pray for outreach through Bible storytelling to people who live under the bridge of Stung Meanchey, a landfill in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This has started in November.
Cambodia was a powerful kingdom between the 7th and 14th centuries. Its priest-kings built the great temples of Angkor and exerted influence over much of Indochina. Today, Cambodia is one of the poorer nations in the world, where the devastating effects of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) are still being felt. Despite much redevelopment over the last 30 years, the general population – particularly in the poorer countryside – continues to suffer from inadequate education, healthcare, and basic infrastructure.
The Church has grown significantly since the 1990s. Recent research estimates that there are over 250,000 believers in over 2,700 churches. However, growth is slowing, and there is a widespread recognition that ongoing evangelism must be accompanied by good discipleship and leadership training.
OMF in Cambodia
OMF missionaries began serving in Cambodia in 1974, not long before Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge. Although forced to leave the country in 1975, they continued ministering to Cambodians in refugee camps along the Thai border, and were able to return to Cambodia in the early 1990s. Today, OMF workers serve in a wide range of ministries among the Khmer and minority peoples.
- Total: 16 million people
- (figures from Joshua Project)
- Khmer: 88.6%
- Chinese: 1.4%
- Vietnamese: 5%
- Cham: 1.5%
- Others: 3.5%
- Buddhist: 85.1%
- Traditional/Animist: 6%
- Muslim: 2.2%
- Christian: 3.2%
- Other/Non-religious: 3.5%
Lord, we ask for you to bring continued restoration and hope to the people of Cambodia through relationship with You. We pray for wisdom and justice from the leaders of the country. Please grow and protect your church. God, thank you for your powerful gospel bringing not just salvation, but also transformation in the hearts, minds and lives of those who trust in you. We ask that you would grow Christians in Cambodia in submitting every part of their lives to you. Please use your people to boldly take the good news of Jesus to those who have not had a chance to hear it yet.