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Arriving in 1923, Alliance missionaries were the first long-term Protestant workers to enter Cambodia, and Alliance efforts grew into the one of the nation’s largest evangelical communities, the Khmer Evangelical Church.

Alliance missionaries were evacuated from Cambodia in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge came to power. By the end of 1979, 80 percent of Cambodian believers had been martyred during the horrors of Pol Pot’s Killing Fields. From the small seed of some 2,000 remaining believers, the evangelical Church in Cambodia has since grown to more than 200,000 believers.

Nonetheless, Christians in Cambodia number less than 2 percent of the population. More than 75 percent of Cambodia’s 14,000 villages do not yet have any Christian presence. The needs for evangelism and church planting in this war-ravaged country remain great. Grinding poverty for the vast majority of people, which leads to health and social problems, continues to be a major challenge. To these ends, Alliance workers and their national partners are involved in training church leaders, youth ministry, discipleship ministries, planting new churches, medical work, and church-based community development to help meet the spiritual, nutritional, medical, literacy, educational, and AIDS-related needs of local communities.

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Field Office Information

C&MA Field Entry in 1923

Field Director:
Mailing Address:
c/o CAMA Services PO Box 118
Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

National Church

Khmer Evangelical Church: 65 organized churches, 157 unorganized groups, 24 ordained ministers, and 4,348 baptized members

Team Initiatives

  • Plant churches among the Khmer, Vietnamese, Jarai, Bunong, Kachok, Kuy, Tumpuen, and other minority groups in Cambodia.
  • Strengthen our ministries to train church leaders in both the rural and urban context.
  • Significantly impact the spiritually and physically needy through medical ministry.
  • In cooperation with the national C&MA church, develop Cambodian church-planters who will impact Cambodia far and wide.
  • Translate the New Testament into both the Bunong and Kuy languages.

Sold Out for Jesus

2013-12-23 03:00:30

By Syna Lao, serving in Cambodia

Many new believers in Cambodia will celebrate their first Christmas this year. Among them is Thong, who was drawn to Christ through a soccer outreach at the Living Water Church in Poipet.

photo of ThongAt first, Thong joined the games in hopes of making a gambling win. Betting on sports events is common in Cambodia—and Thong was confident that his athletic skills would ensure him victory.

But there was something different about the Living Water soccer games—no one was betting. “What a waste of time,” Thong grumbled.

“Strange Behavior!”

But curiosity about the players kept him coming back. Hardly any foul language was used. In the rare instance that a player inadvertently shouted a curse word, the game suddenly stopped. After several moments of awkward silence, the guilty person stepped forward, apologized to the other players, and did five push-ups; only then could the games resume. “Such strange behavior!” Thong commented.

The warm welcome he received from the other players and the fellowship after the games also intrigued him. From the beginning, Thong felt included and accepted. His fascination with Christians led him to ask many questions. Finally, during a Sunday morning Bible study in July 2013, Thong gave his life to Jesus.

Since then, Thong has been faithful to come to services regularly and has attended every church event.  His new and exciting life inspires him to sing constant praises to God. Even with his off-key voice, Thong is not ashamed to join the worship team during Sunday services. He is currently studying a Living Water class with one of the church leaders.

Called to Serve

On December 10, Thong participated in a youth event. My husband, Soeuth, preached a message about the meaning of Christmas. Then he asked the young people, “What would you do for Christmas? What would you give back to Christ?”

Without hesitation, Thong stood up in front of nearly 200 people and boldly declared, “I commit to serve Jesus Christ for the rest of my life!”

Please keep Thong and other new believers in your prayers as they continue their walk with Jesus. Also, pray for the many Christmas programs planned throughout the end of December. Pray that each of these celebrations will truly bring honor to Christ.

What You Can Do



Your prayers empower Alliance workers to reach lost and hurting people. Use the weekly Alliance Prayer Requests to assist you in praying for our worldwide team.


Population--13,607,069 Infant mortality rate--71.5/1,000 Life expectancy--58.9
Capital City
Phnom Penh (1,169,800) pop.
The size of Missouri, Cambodia (69,900 sq. mi.) consists mainly of a large alluvial plain ringed by mountains, and on the east is the Mekong River.
Khmer (official), French, English
Khmer--90%; Vietnamese--5%; Chinese--1%; other--4%
Per capita income--$2,000 Inflation--3.1% Unemployment--2.5% Literacy rate--70% (2003 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Communist forces captured Phnom Penh in 1975; a 1978 Vietnamese invasion touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire. The remaining factions of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in 1999. Today Cambodia is a multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy.
Theravada Buddhist--95%; other--5%

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Alliance ministry in Cambodia is primarily funded through the Great Commission Fund. Help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and make a gift to the GCF today.


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