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Cham, Western in Malaysia

Cham, Western

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % No   

Cham, Western in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
The precise origin of the Cham is unknown, but they are the survivors of the Champa Kingdom, which flourished from A.D. 2 until A.D. 1471. When the Vietnamese invaded their kingdom, most aristocrats fled to Cambodia; whereas, the poor peasants remained in Vietnam. Evidence still remains of this once flourishing civilization; grandiose temples and sanctuaries, irrigation systems, woven cloth, sculpture, and jewelry.

The Western Cham are a mixture of Cham and Malay, with whom they traded during the time of their powerful kingdom.

Where are they located?
The Cham people live mainly in Cambodia and Vietnam, but smaller numbers have strayed to Thailand and Malaysia.

What are their lives like?
Some Western Cham people who live in Malaysia were sent there in an agreement between the governments of Vietnam and Malaysia. Others use a tourist visa to enter Malaysia, then they find work. The Cham are cheap laborers for the duration of their labor contracts. They are expected to return to Vietnam after their contracts are up, but it doesn't always work this way. These Cham employees would often go to Thailand to work when their contacts are up in Malaysia, then return to Malaysia to work again later. This pattern is not unique to the Cham. Other peoples from Vietnam do this as well.

What are their beliefs?
Hundreds of years ago the Cham were Hindu. The date that Islam was introduced is undetermined, but Malay influence is responsible for restoring and strengthening the Muslim practices of the Cham. Today the Western Cham people in Malaysia are solidly Sunni Muslim.

What are their needs?
The Cham people have faced rejection and isolation. They need to experience the acceptance and love of the Savior.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to the Western Cham in Malaysia.
* Pray for agencies to send missionaries to gossip the gospel to the Western Cham people in Malaysia.
* Ask the Lord to raise up an army of faithful intercessors who will pray for the Western Cham until they have a vibrant church.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Western Cham church to the glory of His name!
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

References
http://www.seamist.org/cham.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chams
https://www.wycliffe.net/world?continent=ASI&country=CB&code=cja
https://books.google.com/books?id=YDojBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA137&lpg=PA137&dq=Western+Cham+in+Thailand&source=bl&ots=qFzo89w7vn&sig=JFU5LECzJluJs_vIBg06yG3ty0g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiY0-bTr-jOAhUI7WMKHff-C58Q6AEISzAH#v=onepage&q=Western%20Cham%20in%20Thailand&f=false

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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:42 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Cham, Western
People Name General: Cham, Western
Alternate People Names:
CambodianCambodian Cham
Chăm (Chàm)Chiem
Chiem ThanhHoi
ThanhTjam
West ChamWestern Cham
ROP3 Code: 110776
Joshua Project People ID: 15361
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 303,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Cham
People Name General: Cham, Western
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Cham, Western (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cja    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism10.00 % 
Islam88.00 % 
Non-Religious1.99 % 
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: 1968-2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Cham, Western
 
 
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Cham, Western in Malaysia

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