Coronavirus beginnings: Pray that the coronavirus stops. China is the largest source of tourist and businessmen visiting Cambodia - up to 2.5 million this coming year. Cambodia has a growing population of resident Chinese people who are coming back and forth from mainland China. With the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Cambodia is one of those countries that can be affected. Movement in Cambodia is easy and difficult to monitor and with the department of health announcing the first case of the virus in the country on 27th January, pray that people become not only aware, but proactive in stopping the virus. China has a huge economic impact on Cambodia, so pray that this will not affect the average Cambodian family. Pray also that despite the fear of the virus, the church will work together to bring faith and hope to Cambodians.
Practical help for Cambodian prisoners: Apart from being incarcerated, prisoners in Cambodia have to put up with a lot of difficulties while being in jail. Food and medical support is in short supply and most prisoners depend on the kind handouts from family and the work of local NGO’s in providing medicine. One such prison in the Kampong Cham province is an overcrowded prison with 2,000 men and women. Cambodia Action’s partners Sunrise work tirelessly in this prison to bring the love of God through skills building, providing nutritional meals 4 times a week, and supplying medicines at an in-prison clinic. Pray that God’s heart would be felt in the men and women’s lives that are being they are trying to reach.
God's supernatural power against magic: There are currently 16 million people in Cambodia. Close to 2% of the population are Muslims with most of those being Sunni Muslims. One group of people are the Cham or Khmer Islam. These are people that have remained within their own communities with little of the gospel reaching their villages. The Cham believe in the power of magic and sorcery, and they attach great importance to magical practices in order to avoid sickness or violent death. They believe in many supernatural powers, so we need to pray that God would encounter them with His supernatural power. Cambodia Action has a number of associates that are trying to work with the Cham, looking for opportunities to share the love of God. Pray for an effective door of witness among the Cham, that Jesus will become known to them.
Possible sanctions from the EU: The country of Cambodia is facing a deepening problem with possible sanctions from the EU. It was announced recently that the EU would take action if the government did not move to towards political reform. Cambodia has many poor people that depend on the garment industry to provide for their families, this could be the sector that is hardest hit. Please pray for the Cambodian Government, that the wisdom of the Lord would be evident and that change would come so that people in Cambodia will not have to suffer again.
Election results and stability: On the 29th of July, Cambodia went to the polls to elect a government for the next 5 years. During the run up to the election we prayed that no violence would break out and, praise God, the vote was peaceful. However, within Cambodia there is considerable discontent with the election results. The ruling party won all 125 parliamentary seats and many NGOs and Christian organisations are concerned about the political vacuum that these elections have left. Please pray for the people of Cambodia, that they would find hope in Christ- the true hope - and not find comfort in the different vices that are on offer.
Cambodia elections: Cambodia has been in the news lately with the arrest of opposition party leaders. This does not bode well for the country and we should pray that the Lord would intervene in the up-coming elections. Pray that God would stop any violence that may try to erupt throughout the country. Cambodia Action has a number of people working in the country. Please pray for their safety and that peace and calm would be seen on the streets of Cambodia, and through their ministry. Please pray for those in government that God would have his say and have his way in this all important election.
Why still go to Cambodia?: Why still go to Cambodia? Some could argue that Cambodia is a country that is saturated with NGOs and development work. Is it still necessary to go there? The answer is ‘Yes’ - Jesus told us to go into all the world and that the harvest is ripe. Cambodia is still one such country that is ripe for harvest but sadly Christian witness is sparse. Well over 90% of Cambodians are still in darkness and need the gospel. Please pray for hearts to be opened to go to Cambodia and for Cambodian hearts to be open to the gospel.
Reaching Cambodian men: “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.