Khmu in France

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Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Khmu
Country: France
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,500
World Population: 886,500
Primary Language: Khmu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 13.00 %
Evangelicals: 10.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Khmu are among the ethnic groups that left Southeast Asia as an aftermath of the Vietnam War. That war extended to Laos and Cambodia, and many were displaced. When the communists prevailed, there were tens of thousands who had to flee. Some wound up in France as early as the 1950s when the French left their former colonial holding. Many more arrived in France in the 1970s and 1980s.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khmu have lived in France for decades now. Some have grandchildren who were born in France. They are acculturated, though some attend cultural festivals and Buddhist religious events to maintain ties with their old culture.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they have a background steeped in ancestor worship, many have climbed out of this spiritual trap. Some are Christian, but it is also common for them to be secular like the French majority. Buddhist events are often equated with cultural events.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khmu have a Christian minority in France. They need to let their light shine on those who lack a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Ask the Holy Spirit to spur Khmu Christian believers in France to live lives of joy, peace, love and spiritual outreach.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will complete the work begun in their hearts through adequate discipleship.
Pray for Khmu Christ followers in France to reach others who lack the abundant life Jesus offers.

Text Source:   Joshua Project