Cham, Western in United States

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The Muslim Cham people from Southeast Asia who live in the US live mainly in Southern California’s Orange County, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. In California they struggle to keep their kids from the destructive behavior they see around them like joining gangs and using drugs. They also struggle to keep their children from leaving the Cham culture. This culture embraces their own form of folk Islam. The Cham in Orange County have their own mosque. In Seattle, they are more likely to share their places of worship with other ethnic groups.

Ministry Obstacles

Though some Cham people in the past were Hindu, most are now Muslim. Their social interactions are usually with other Muslims who reinforce their traditional beliefs. Muslims have no concept of a loving Heavenly Father who can direct their lives and provide them abundant life. Pray for members of the Cham communities in the US to seek and find Jesus.

Outreach Ideas

Though most of the Cham in the United States are Muslims, a small number of them adhere to some form of Christianity. Pray that the light of the Holy Spirit will shine through these few Cham believers in such a way that their Muslim neighbors will desire to have the same spiritual riches as those who follow Christ. Pray for believers to take the time to befriend and disciple people from Cham communities.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be a handful of Christian believers among the Cham people in the United States, but only a handful. Please pray for nearby Christians to reach out to the Cham people, as well as to other needy people groups in their area.

Pray for the Entire People Group

* The Cham people have adhered to religious systems in the past, but they have not experienced being children of God.
* Pray that the eyes of their hearts will be open in such a way that they desire to become part of something bigger than themselves: spiritual children in the Kingdom of God.
* Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Cham that will result in many following Christ in the US as well as in Southeast Asia.
* Pray for God to raise up unstoppable believers among the Cham people who will stop at nothing to have His Name praised among the Cham people.

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Cham, Western
People Name in Country Cham, Western
Population in United States 3,200
World Population 295,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Cambodian, Cambodian Cham, Chăm (Chàm), Chiem, Chiem Thanh, Hoi, Thanh, Tjam, West Cham, Western Cham
People ID 15361

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Enthologue Language Map

Primary Language: Cham, Western (3,200 speakers)
Language Code: cja   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Cham, Western (3,200 speakers)
Language Code: cja   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Cham, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Cham, Western
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
100.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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