Khmer, Central in New Zealand



Population

8,500

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

Can we reasonably still call the several thousand Khmer people in New Zealand an unreached people group? They have their own church, and at least three home groups. But as of 2006, their church was still led by Dutch missionaries, who say that this church feels "foreign" to these refugees who left Cambodia's Killing Fields in the late 1970s. One web site states, "The majority of Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists, who use their temples as centers of religious and cultural practice." The article goes on to list five other places of worship for Buddhist Cambodians in New Zealand.

The missionaries who are trying to establish a Khmer Church in Christchurch lament that the Cambodians lack the spiritual hunger to attend church regularly. Some go to church if they feel they can get something out of it, but they will also worship at Buddhist temples. The love of money is a spiritual stronghold that is keeping many from Christ. Though some of the Cambodian Khmer do unskilled labor, an increasing number of them are starting businesses and working long hours so they can make lots of money. A 1999 article in the "New Zealand Herald" quoted a Cambodian shop owner as saying, "People tell me I am clever. I am not clever, but I work hard," meaning he gets up at 3:30 am!

As time goes on and the Khmer refugees forget the Killing Fields of Cambodia, what direction will they take? Will their children become so assimilated that they join mainline New Zealand culture? Will they turn from Buddhism to either Christianity of secular humanism? Though the older generation is trying to help those born in New Zealand to embrace the Khmer language and culture, it may be a losing battle as the decades roll by.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Khmer people in New Zealand that will lead them to the cross.
* Pray that the materialism that is slipping in will leave them feeling spiritually empty and ready to turn to the Holy One.
* Pray that as younger Khmer assimilate to New Zealand, that they will turn their hearts to Christ rather than secularism and materialism.


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-19
People Name General Khmer, Central
People Name in Country Khmer, Central
Population in New Zealand 8,500
World Population 15,792,000
Countries 13
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cambodians, Central Khmer, Cu Tho, Cur, Kampuchean, Khmer Krom, Khmer Nam Bo, Khmer, Northern, Kho Me, Khơ-me, Kmer, Ku, Mien, Thai-Khmer, West Cham
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General Khmer, Central
Ethnic Code AUG03b
People ID 12662

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khmer, Central (8,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Khmer, Central 8,500

For Main Lanugage: Khmer, Central


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1899-1933)
New Testament Yes   (1929-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1954-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Khmer Christian Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Khmer Standard Version Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Khmer, Central Film / Video
Khmer Language Film Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Central (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Khmer, Central Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
The Hope Video Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
86.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.40 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
25.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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