Khmer in United Kingdom


Population
10,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Central Khmer are from the western and central portions of Cambodia, and they make up the majority of the country's total population. The Khmer Empire, which flourished between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, encompassed present-day Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. Its power declined after being conquered by the Thai and the Vietnamese.

In 1969, Cambodia suffered bombings by the U.S. and invasions by the Vietnamese; events that threw the country into turmoil. In addition, a civil war broke out between the Cambodian government and communist rebels known as the Khmer Rouge. Possibly three million Central Khmer died between 1975 and 1979 when the Khmer Rouge ruled.

Though an astounding number died, some found safety in other parts of the world including the UK.


Where Are they Located?

The few Khmer people in the UK are mostly in London.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khmer in the UK have been there for decades, but they maintain their culture through groups like the Cambodian Society in the United Kingdom.


What Are Their 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, few of their population have turned to Christ. 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

* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the UK and share Christ with the Central Khmer.
* Ask God to use new Khmer believers to reach out and share the love of Christ with their own people.
* Ask God to call forth prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement among the Khmer people in the UK and France.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12662/CB
http://www.casunik.org
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/cambodian-brits-yes-they-do-exist
https://www.quora.com/In-which-EU-countries-are-the-most-Cambodian-people-living
https://www.reddit.com/r/cambodia/comments/2d2hzy/cambodians_in_england/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Khmer
People Name in Country Khmer
Population in United Kingdom 10,000
World Population 15,966,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Khmer (10,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khmer
Primary Language Khmer (10,000 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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Khmer Christian Bible
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
89.80 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.70 %)
3.20 %
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 Keith Carey  
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