Cham, Eastern in United States


Population
900
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Eastern Cham people are a Malayo-Polynesian ethnic group, one of two branches of the Cham minority group in Vietnam and Cambodia.
As one of the most ancient ethnic groups in Southeast Asia, the Eastern Cham people have a very deep and interesting history.

They are now overrun with poverty and persecution, but at one time the Eastern Cham people had a powerful kingdom in Southeast Asia. "The ancient Cham were known for their seafaring skills, agricultural inventiveness, and construction of temples and religious monuments. The culture of the Cham in more recent periods has had little of the flavor of its ancient progenitor, relative poverty having replaced the grandeur of its ancient past" (World Culture Encyclopedia).


Where Are they Located?

Both Cham groups have had serious difficulties with being persecuted by nation states, so they try to remain unknown. Most likely they are blending in with other ethnic groups like the Vietnamese, the Cambodians, or the Indians. There is no information about where the Eastern Cham live in the US.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Because the Eastern and the Western Cham peoples have different religions, they are unlikely to have much social contact. Since they are Hindu, the Eastern Cham are likely to relate to South Asians in the US.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Eastern Cham are Hindu. Hinduism was brought to them hundreds of years ago when a Hindu kingdom controlled much of SE Asia. Many follow Brahmanism, a sect of Hinduism. Brahmanism is practiced in the home, in temples, and at sacred festivals. The Eastern Cham are also highly influenced by traditional ancestor worship and animism. For example, they are known to dedicate their babies to the spirits at the local Hindu temples.

Their religious beliefs contribute to their history and identity as a people group. This makes it difficult for Cham individuals to embrace Christianity, as doing so would result in expulsion from the community.


What Are Their Needs?

The Cham people have been in the US for decades, so the window of opportunity to reach them when they are unsettled and spiritually open is over. Yet believers needs to befriend them and introduce them to Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Eastern Cham to be open to hearing the gospel and let go of their traditions that hold them to idol worship, animism, and other religions.
* Pray for Vietnamese believers to see their opportunity to evangelize to the Eastern Cham people in the US.
* Pray for God to raise up Cham believers who will begin a disciple making movement in the US.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11688/VM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chams
http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7p87z4wh


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Cham, Eastern
People Name in Country Cham, Eastern
Population in United States 900
World Population 86,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Chăm (Chàm), Eastern Cham
People ID 11688
ROP3 Code 102836
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Cham, Eastern (900 speakers)
Language Code cjm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Cham, Eastern
Primary Language Cham, Eastern (900 speakers)
Language Code cjm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Cham, Eastern

Primary Language:  Cham, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1973)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2016)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Cham, Eastern
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
55.00 %
Islam
10.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Donald J. Dawson 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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