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Recent floods in Cambodia have claimed at least 30 lives, and the Associated Press reported that more than 9,000 families have been forced to flee their homes.

The deluge was generated by heavy rains, which caused the Mekong River to overflow its banks. Areas most heavily affected are located around Tonlé Sap Lake and along the border of Thailand and Cambodia.

“Please pray for God’s protection upon the families, especially the children and elders, many of whom need food and medical care,” a TWR Cambodia staff member located at the ministry’s in-country office wrote on Oct. 6, 2013. “Pray that the rain will stop and the river will go down.”

TWR’s outreach in Cambodia has thrived in recent years. Through a combination of FM radio programs and on-the-ground follow-up, the team there seeks to minister to the women, youth, children and oral communicators in Cambodia. Although no formal postal system exists, more than 1,000 listener letters arrive at the TWR office every month.

Fatalities and displacements caused by floods are recurring problems for Cambodia, particularly at this time of year. As a result, substantial acreage of rice fields is decimated. This creates a shortage of rice supply and increased prices.

Pray that amid these trials TWR’s broadcasts and personal interactions will continue encouraging Cambodians to find hope and peace in Jesus Christ.