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Cambodian Gospel Resources

A special welcome to all visitors of Cambodian heritage! This page contains links to Bibles, stories and websites written in Khmer which tell about Jesus and His love for the Cambodian people.

Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless the Cambodian people, and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the Cambodian language and culture.

Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today!


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Cambodian Publications About Jesus

 

The Four Spiritual Laws explains God's plan of salvation in Khmer (Central Cambodian).

Cambodian Bibles

Online Bibles:

Cambodian Bibles to purchase:

from Amazon.com:
Mouseover the title for pricing info. Click on title for more information.

You can purchase the Khmer New Testament in audio format from Faith Comes By Hearing in two dialects: Central Khmer and Standard Khmer.

Background Info on the Cambodian People

According to the World Factbook, 12 million people live in Cambodia. (Cambodia was formerly known as Kampuchea or the Khmer Republic).

95% of the people of Cambodia are Theravada Buddhist.

Khmer (also known as Central Cambodian) is the official language. In addition, 340,000 speak Mandarin Chinese, and 220,000 speak Western Cham. French and English are also spoken. The SIL Ethnologue reports that as many as one million Vietnamese live in Cambodia.

With 7 million speakers worldwide, Khmer is number 102 on the SIL Top 100 World Languages by Population.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 127,000 people living in the U.S. spoke Khmer in 1990, making Khmer number 25 on the Top 50 Languages Spoken in the U.S. The largest U.S. Cambodian community is in Long Beach, California, where it is reported that 80,000 Cambodians have settled.

The Christian & Missionary Alliance website is developing a prayer profile for the Chaam people group of Cambodia.

One of the best introductions to the culture and customs of Cambodia is the 4-page Culturegram published by Brigham Young University. A single copy costs $6. (View the sample Hungarian Culturegram at their website to get an idea of the content and approach before you buy.)

Information for Churches

Perhaps you've noticed that several Cambodian families have moved into your community. Your church would like to get acquainted with them and find ways to serve your new neighbors. But how can you begin?

Begin by cultivating a loving heart, a listening ear, and the habit of prayer. Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop skills for cross-cultural communication. There are lots of resources on this site, including the article "How to Start a Cross-Cultural Ministry," that can help you prepare to move forward in faith.

The Jesus Film is a great way to share the gospel in the "heart language" of your Cambodian neighbors. Campus Crusade for Christ has produced this beautiful film of the gospel of Luke and translated it into over 600 languages, including Khmer. Your church can buy a video for less than $20 and sponsor a "Cambodian Night" to show the film and begin a dialogue. Ask Cambodian leaders in the community if they would like to see the film and if they'll help you invite other families.

To order the Jesus Film, visit Jesusfilm.org. Or order by phone from Campus Crusade at 1-800-432-1997.


The International School of Ministry offers affordable bible training in Cambodian . Their course in structured, taught by interdenominational Christian leaders, and available on audio tapes so your church can become a training center.

Learn More about Cambodia

If you want to honor your Cambodian friends, learn more about their language and culture.

Here are some of the best-selling books on Cambodia at Amazon.com:
The New Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Cambodian
by Im Proum, Sivone Proum, E. C. Parnwell
Oxford Univ Press, 1991
Cambodian-English/
English-Cambodian Dictionary

by Kem Sos
Hippocrene Books, 1989
Colloquial Cambodian: A Complete Language Course
by David Smyth
Routledge Press, 1997
Book and CD
Colloquial Cambodian: A Complete Language Course
by David Smyth
Routledge Press, 1997
Book and cassettes
A Blessing over Ashes:
The Remarkable Odyssey of My Unlikely Brother

by Adam Fifield
William Morrow & Company, 2000
The Elephant Walk Cookbook:
Cambodian Cuisine

by Longteine De Monteiro
Houghton Mifflin Co, 1998

Books on Cambodian Christians:
Killing Fields, Living Fields
by Don Cormack
Kregel Publications, June 2001
An OMF recommended by Elizabeth Elliott
A Gentle Breeze From Gossamer Wings
(Judeo-Christian Ethics Series
by Gordon Beld
PREP Publishing, 1999
Out of Silence:
Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches

by Fumitaka Matsuoka
United Church Press, 1995
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Travel guides to Cambodia:
Lonely Planet Cambodia
by Nick Ray
Lonely Planet, 2000
Insight Guide Laos and Cambodia
Langenscheidt Publishing Group, 2000
Cambodia: Short Stay Guide
by David Bowden
Little Hills Press, 2000


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