|% Urban:||24.7 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||31.1 %|
|Literacy Rate:||77 %|
|Life Expectancy:||69.6 yrs (163/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||144 / 189|
|% Christian:||3.1 %|
|% Evangelical:||1.6 %|
|% Largest Religion:||83.3 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||19|
|% Unevangelized:||47 %|
Spiritual darkness persists in Cambodia, from the many spirit shrines, the powerful grip of Buddhism that opposes Truth, and the widespread loss of morals. Only prayer will lift it. The enemy of souls makes people suffer under terrible abuses and oppressive poverty. The drug and sex trades hold power over many people. Criminals exploit the high number of unprotected children and young people. Land grabs by people with wealth and power enrich a few at the expense of the majority. Pray for the light of the gospel to shine on individual lives and all social structures in Cambodia. Christians can make a difference in the areas of justice, rehabilitation, orphanages, healthcare, and development. Cambodia also needs outside help with projects in agriculture, fisheries, water management, and education.
Cambodian people need freedom and deliverance from past sin, hatred, suffering, and abuse. This comes through the blood of Jesus. The violent Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) destroyed millions of its own people. Ask God to heal deep psychological wounds through the Holy Spirit and counselling ministry. Many of the former Khmer Rouge who took part in genocide now follow Jesus. Pray for them to live in the fullness of God’s forgiveness for past crimes. Christians can bring peace and reconciliation. Churches can teach children and young people how to live in a healthy family.
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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.