“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
The Khmer Krom are one of those “all nations” that Jesus speaks of here. While they are not politically a ‘nation’ they are a people. Sadly they are both unreached with the Gospel and unengaged (no active planting of churches among them). Add to this the fact that there are millions (estimates between 1.5 and 8 million) of Khmer Krom. Did Jesus mean everybody?
Journey Prayers – Week 5
Praying for the Khmer Krom peoples trapped in Buddhism
- Almost all of the Khmer Krom people are Buddhists and particularly follow the Theravada school of Buddhism. Because of the displaced nature of the Khmer Krom people and culture, they hold tightly on to traditions and culture that they feel give them identity. Buddhism is one of those points of culture. As such, Khmer Krom may see efforts of evangelism as yet one more attack on their fragile culture. Pray that God would open hearts among the Khmer Krom people to the Gospel and that God would break down the barriers that keep people from even hearing the Gospel.
- Pray for a number of Khmer Krom people to accept Christ and be able to actively show how one can be a follower of Christ and still not lose their Khmer Krom identity.
- Pray for laborers to work among the Khmer Krom and share the Gospel among these followers of Buddhism. Pray that God would raise up new Believers among the Khmer Krom who would in turn reach out to others of their own people. Pray for near culture Believers from Cambodia and Viet Nam who would accept God’s call to reach the Khmer Krom with the Gospel. Pray that God would call out laborers from countries even further away to also spread the Gospel among the Khmer Krom.
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