Khmer in Cambodia

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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Khmer
Country: Cambodia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 14,236,000
World Population: 16,104,000
Primary Language: Khmer
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 3.20 %
Evangelicals: 1.90 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


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. They have been primarily Buddhist since the 13th century, but elements of Hinduism and animism are mingled with Buddhist beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles

Centuries of devotion to their past belief system are not quickly overcome, but there is much progress.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly as they bless Khmer families and communities.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the steady growth of the church among the Khmer, that they will continue to have a heart of fire for God and a passion for the souls of their countrymen.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Khmer will heal from the tragedies brought by the Khmer Rouge, and that this past suffering will prepare them for the love and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project