Cambodia, in southeast Asia, is rich in beauty, but for many of its citizens, their lives are ruled by poverty.
Roughly 3% of Cambodians claim to be Christian. This means that the opportunity to hear the gospel can be rare, and even resources to grow in their faith can be difficult to find. Through radio, apps, and online materials, TWR is introducing people to Jesus and strengthening their faith. Neang*, a listener in Cambodia, shared with the national partner office how TWR has given her hope in the midst of a difficult situation.
“I am a widow,” Neang told the TWR Cambodia team. “My husband just died four months ago.”
Life is hard for Neang, who listens to TWR’s Women of Hope programs. Ever since her husband died due to toxins in the seafood he was handling, she has struggled to provide for her six children.
Like her husband, she shells crabs for a living. Her children also work in the same industry, and she is concerned for their safety. She prays for God’s protection over her children, especially when they go out to work at sea.
“I am not smart, and I didn’t go to school,” she said. “I am illiterate, and it’s hard for me to find a job to support my children. I earn between US $1.25 and US $2.50 per day shelling crabs.”
In spite of her financial hardship, Neang has set aside Sunday to worship God. As an act of service to God, she helps keep the church clean and does whatever she can to help out. Although she feels she has nothing much to offer, it is always in her heart to share the good news with her neighbors.
Listening to TWR’s radio programs has helped deepen her understanding of God.
“I need to have a healthy life and a good relationship with God,” she said. “It is the best thing I can do.”
Facts about Cambodia**:
- The official language of the country is Khmer.
- More than 80% of the population is Buddhist, while Christians make up about 3%.
- It is one of the poorest countries in the world and has faced years of war and genocide.
- Through a combination of FM radio programs and on-the-ground follow-up, TWR 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.
To learn more about TWR's outreach in Cambodia and to support the ministry, visit the Cambodia Outreach Project page.
*Neang's name has been changed for privacy.
**Operation World, 7th edition