Khmer in Germany


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Introduction / History

The Khmer civilization once ruled much of Southeast Asia. In the 1200s, the Thais and Vietnamese defeated the Khmer and pushed them into Cambodia, where most live today. The huge Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia gives evidence of past glories. The first Khmer Cambodians came to Germany during East Germany's communist era. They were mainly students.


Where Are they Located?

Most Khmer are in Cambodia where they are the dominant people group, but there is a diaspora in many Western nations including Germany.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khmer in Germany have been there for decades, but they maintain their culture through their own cultural societies. Cambodian restaurants, owned and staffed by Cambodians, are popular in Germany. Cambodians have made their mark in Germany in the areas of business and sports. Some Cambodians have returned to Cambodia after living in Germany.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They have been primarily Buddhist since the 13th century, but elements of Hinduism and animism are mingled with Buddhist beliefs. The former Khmer Empire was influenced by India, from which it adopted Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, the majority of the Central Khmer are Buddhist, although relics of ethnic religions such as ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) and spirit worship are very important to them. The Buddhist Khmer also seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace through gaining merit in this life. Merit may be gained through supporting the construction of Buddhist temples, giving food to monks and studying in the monastery.


What Are Their Needs?

Although the Bible and other Christian resources are available to the Central Khmer, there is a long way to go before they would be considered reached, even in Germany where the percentage of Khmer believers is higher than it is in Asia. They remain in need of true inner peace, that can only come from Jesus Christ. Prayer is the key to reaching them with the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khmer in Germany.

Pray that the Khmer people in Germany will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a disciple making movement among them to begin this decade.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Khmer
People Name in Country Khmer
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 16,104,000
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
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
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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