Khmer in Germany


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Introduction / History

The Cambodian Diaspora is made up of those who left Cambodia starting in April 1975, when the government fell to the Khmer Rouge. Khmer began to flee the Killing Fields to find safety in refugee camps along the Thai border. This continued through the 1980s as the Vietnamese army invaded and occupied Cambodia.


Where Are they Located?

These displaced people sought acceptance as refugees in various countries. The United States, Australia, France and other countries became their new homes.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Khmer Cambodians came in the 1980s to what was once East Germany, a communist country. Surprisingly, some of these Cambodians have a level of nostalgia for living in a communist land.

The Khmer Cambodians are overshadowed by the Vietnamese and Chinese minorities in Germany. With their small numbers, they are trying to maintain some form of solidarity and unity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Khmer in the West have similar beliefs to those in Cambodia. They practice Theravada Buddhism mixed with animism and ancestor worship. When Cambodians arrived in the Thai refugee camps, many heard the Gospel and a high percentage made professions of faith. This trend continued as they were sponsored by Christian churches in the West. Unfortunately, as they settled into their host countries many fell away. Over time, Buddhist temples were built in those countries which provide a place to practice their Khmer culture and traditional beliefs.

At the same time, Cambodian churches have had a significant influence. In the early 1990s, there were actually more Khmer believers in the West than in Cambodia. When a new Cambodian government was formed, many of these Christians played an important role in bringing the Gospel back to their homeland. Today, the overseas churches continue to send money and people to support the growing Christian movement in Cambodia.


What Are Their Needs?

Cambodians in the West need to adapt to their new countries. The second and third generations need better educational opportunities so that their communities can emerge from the poverty which has characterized their overseas experience. Most of all they need a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khmer in Germany.

* Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches among the Khmer people in Germany.
* Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching Khmer families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
* Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Khmer communities as all believers learn to love others.
* Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change the Khmer people like yeast changes dough.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12662/GM
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12662/CB
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Khmer
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/5528-200-cambodians-in-germany-join-hun-manet-s-solidarity-meal.html
http://www.expat-advisory.com/events/southeast-asia/cambodia/phnom-penh/meta-house/photo-exhibit-about-cambodians-germany?quicktabs_1=2
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2011/04/21
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2007/03/25


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Khmer
People Name in Country Khmer
World Population 15,900,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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
ROP3 Code 104946
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Khmer (13,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Khmer (13,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khmer

Primary Language:  Khmer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1899-1933)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1929-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's 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 Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khmer
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Ratchana's Testimony
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Bihab
Film / Video Yesterday is Over
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Khmer Christian Bible
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
89.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.10 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.80 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Kevin Morris, OMF International  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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