Western Cham in France

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Introduction / History

Long ago, the Cham had a strong empire, called Champa, located in southern Vietnam. Some of the Cham were Hindu, because of earlier contact with an Indian kingdom, and others were Muslims, because of their good relations with Arab Muslim traders that arrived on their shores. Although Champa was always at war, it flourished until the late 1400s when it was invaded by the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese slaughtered the Cham people. Only the very poor remained in Vietnam; Cham freemen and aristocrats fled to Cambodia.

Cambodia thrived until 1969, when civil war between the government and the communist Khmer Rouge threw the country into turmoil. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died while the Khmer Rouge ruled (1975-1979). Once again the Cham people had to flee those who wanted to slaughter them. In the late 1960s, some Cham people fled war in Southeast Asia to live in France and other countries.

Where Are they Located?

Most likely the Western Cham people in France live in urban centers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It has been decades since some of the Muslim Western Cham people began living in France. To the best of their abilities, they have assimilated into French society and began new lives. They encounter other Muslim peoples in France's many mosques.

Cham villagers are extremely poor and their settlements convey a sense of impermanence. They are now largely integrated into the Cambodian lifestyle and many now speak Khmer.
What Are Their Beliefs?

At the climax of the Champa Empire, two cultural influences predominated: the Hindu culture of India (adopted by the Eastern Cham) and the Islamic culture of the Malay. The Western Cham practice a distorted version of Islam. Those who live in France are Muslim, though some are secularized.

What Are Their Needs?

The Western Cham people in France are not encountering Christ-centered spirituality. Most remain Muslim, and others are secular like the French. Few if any encounter someone who lives their life for Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to call long-term laborers who are willing to go to France and share Christ with the Western Cham and other Southeast Asian peoples there.
Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the few known Western Cham Christians.
Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will faithfully stand in the gap and intercede for the Western Cham people.
Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Western Cham people in France.

Scripture Prayers for the Cham, Western in France.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Cham, Western
People Name in Country Cham, Western
Natural Name Western Cham
Pronunciation chom
Alternate Names Cambodian; Cambodian Cham; Chăm (Chàm); Chiem; Chiem Thanh; Hoi; Thanh; Tjam; West Cham; Western Cham
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 330,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15361
ROP3 Code 110776
ROP25 Code 301650
ROP25 Name Cham
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
88.00 %
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Cham, Western
Language Code cja   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Cham, Eastern
Primary Language Cham, Western
Language Code cja   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Cham, Eastern
People Groups Speaking Cham, Western

Primary Language:  Cham, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1968-2015)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2021)
Bible-Complete No
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Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Cham, Western Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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