“Men in Cambodia have been overlooked in the church, there is ministry to children, youth, women and the poor, when men come to Christ, the family follows”. These were the words of the Director of Good Real Men in Cambodia, a local NGO seeking ways to bring men to Christ. Pray for the men of Cambodia that are bound by religion, fear and vice, staring each day into a hopelessness that they believe cannot be filled. Pray for those that work tirelessly among men with the Good News, for change in their lives as they seek to bring the message of freedom, and for men called back to God. Finally, pray for Cambodia - a country that is still fragmented after many years of war. (Cambodia Action) Football projects are helping teens build self-confidence, self-worth, a sense of belonging and connecting them with godly role models in certain areas of Southeast Asia. Pray for one football project that is coming alongside heavily drug-affected communities. Pray for opportunities for Christian workers to share the Good News with coaches and families involved.
(OMF International UK) In one Buddhist country, a restaurant worker was frightened about a forthcoming operation and asked a Christian friend to pray and to accompany her to hospital. The Christian did pray and sensed the Lord’s presence. When they got to the hospital, the Christian insisted a further test should be done before proceeding with the operation. When the doctor saw the results, he said, “We don’t know what’s happened but you don’t need an operation now. Come back for another test in a year.” Within a couple of weeks, she decided to give her life to Jesus. Pray for this woman, her witness to others, and for the Christian discipling her and preparing her for baptism. (WEC International) Through times of fear and insecurity, and in a country where widespread poverty makes life tough, Kone Kmeng, an organisation working in Cambodia, sees a huge value in teaching children, and those who work with children, about the power of prayer. Kone Kmeng started the Children’s Prayer Movement (CPM) programme in 2007 to motivate churches in districts where it works with children at risk in areas such as community awareness about issues of child abuse, educational support, income generation training and relief and development assistance. In 2012, more than 700 children attended prayer groups at their churches, with more than 400 children attending CPM prayer fellowships. Pray that the children taking part in this programme would receive firm spiritual foundations to prepare them for whatever life throws at them in the future. (Viva) Please pray for the issue of violence towards women and children in Cambodia. Rape and acid attacks are all too common and human rights workers say that many incidents go unreported because the victims to not have funds for legal cases. Furthermore, of the roughly 320 rape cases recorded by human rights groups Adhoc in 2012, 201 were committed against minors. Pray for the ministry of Christian organisations offering comfort and support to the victims of these attacks. Also pray for the political and cultural issues that prevent cases being reported and for women’s human rights to be upheld. (CORD) Sexual exploitation is a serious problem in Cambodia and all too often the victims are children. It is thought that a third of all sex workers in the country - about 50,000 people - are prostituted children. Children sold into the sex trade often have no opportunities to escape a life that they did not choose for themselves, and even if they do escape, their physical and emotional scars go so deep that it is almost impossible for them to live a normal life. Pray for the children sold into sexual slavery in Cambodia. Ask God to break into the situations that these girls and boys are facing, to bring down the perpetrators and to open the eyes of tourists and locals who visit brothels, so that they see the appalling nature of what they are doing. (Viva) Since the early 1990s there has been relative freedom for churches in Cambodia. In the intervening years, missionaries and Christian development workers have made a significant contribution to the development of life in the country, but increasingly the national Church is now taking the initiative. In the early 2000s there was still a strong sense of insecurity, but this has changed. In 1979 there were 1,000 evangelical Christians; today the figure is estimated at between 220,000 and 300,000. (Echoes of Service) Total area: 181,035 km2 Population: 15,957,223 (2016) Literacy: 63% Official languages: Khmer GDP (PPP) per capita: $4,022 (2017 est.) Life expectancy: 63 years Religions: 95% Buddhist, 3% Muslim, 2% Christian