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Khmer in Korea, South

Khmer

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
46,000 Khmer Buddhism 4.00 % 2.00 %   

Khmer in Korea, South

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Introduction / History
The Central Khmer speak an Eastern Mon-Khmer language called Khmer, or Cambodian. It is the national language of Cambodia.

The Khmer Empire, which flourished between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, encompassed present-day Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. Its power declined after being conquered by the Thai and the Vietnamese.

In 1969, Cambodia suffered bombings by the U.S. and invasions by the Vietnamese, events that threw the country into turmoil. In addition, a civil war broke out between the Cambodian government and Communist rebels known as the Khmer Rouge. Possibly three million Central Khmer died between 1975 and 1979, while the Khmer Rouge ruled.

Where are they located?
Khmer people of South Korea are settled mostly in the North West. Most Khmer people live in their home country, though there is a sizable diaspora in South Korea.

What are their lives like?
South Korea is a popular place for refugees to find work. They arrive seeking hope for their future.

Korea switched fro a military dictatorship to a democracy resulting in an economic upturn, requiring more workers, especially in industry. There are, however, growing pains as abuses of workers' rights from employers, and discrimination from South Koreans occur. Many foreigners today remain illegally because of South Korean archaic employment laws. Also, some unknowingly enter with fraudulent visas provided by dishonest brokers.

What are their beliefs?
The former Khmer Empire was influenced by India, from which it adopted Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, the majority of the Central Khmer are Buddhist, although relics of ethnic religions such as ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) and spirit worship are very important to them.

The Buddhist Khmer also seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace through gaining merit in this life. Merit may be gained through supporting the construction of Buddhist temples, giving food to monks, and studying in the monastery.

What are their needs?
The most pressing need of Khmer people in South Korea is to understand the truth of the loving God who has made provision for them to become His children and has paid the of full payment of the penalty of their sins. Who will pay the price to tell them?

Prayer Points
Pray for families of Khmer believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches throughout South Korea.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families resulting in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Khmer people like yeast changes dough.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12662/CB
https://www.voanews.com/a/in-poor-cambodian-town-a-job-in-south-korea-changes-lives/4759883.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50202109/cambodians-in-south-korea-to-get-pagoda/
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/5094485/korea-worker-quota-rise/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854654/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7PtznAVUi0

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Country: Korea, South
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window: No
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khmer
People Name General: Khmer
Alternate People Names:
CambodiansCentral Khmer
Cu ThoCur
KampucheanKhmer Krom
Khmer Nam BoKhmer, Northern
Kho MeKhơ-me
KmerKu
MienThai-Khmer
West Cham
ROP3 Code: 104946
Joshua Project People ID: 12662
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 46,000
Population all Countries: 16,305,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Khmer
Ethnic Code: AUG03b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Khmer (46,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): khm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism96.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1899-1933
New Testament:
1929-1993Audio
Complete Bible: 1954-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Khmer
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRatchana's Testimony
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoVoices of Cambodia - Bihab
Film / VideoYesterday is Over
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Khmer
Text / Printed MatterBible: Khmer
Text / Printed MatterBible: Khmer
Text / Printed MatterDownload scripture in this language
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Khmer
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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