Khmer, Central in New Zealand


Population
8,500
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 15,789,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached 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
People ID 12662

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Enthologue Language Map


Primary Language: Khmer, Central (8,500 speakers)
Language Code: khm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Khmer, Central (8,500 speakers)
Language Code: khm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Khmer, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1899-1933)
New Testament Yes   (1929-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1954-1998)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings 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)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khmer, Central
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Ratchana's Testimony (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Bihab (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Chek (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Ny & Nin (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
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Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
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 %
Photo Source: Cambodia Research Network. Click to email CRN inquires and corrections   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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