As a new academic year starts, pray for the students and staff at Phnom Penh Bible School in Cambodia. May God use this school year to deep the students’ walks with Christ and their knowledge of the Bible.
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
— Psalm 29:10
Please pray for four Cambodia women who will get baptized in November. Pray that God will protect their faith and make them strong for Christ.
Pray for two Cambodian Christian villagers near Snuol to stand firm and have eyes to see God’s daily, sufficient provision of “manna” to them. May they be filled with all hope and comfort as they walk faithfully with Jesus.
Pray for more people to be willing to fill team support roles, such as Serve Asia Coordinator and Team Center Managers, for OMF Cambodia.
Pray for God to raise up more men to serve in the Cambodia church. Specifically, ask God to provide Cambodia Christian men who are willing to be trained to preach.
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.