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Cham, Western in Thailand

Cham, Western

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,600 Cham, Western Islam 0.05 % 0.00 % No   

Cham, Western in Thailand

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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 a smaller number have strayed to Thailand.

What are their lives like?
Although they are descendants of a warlike people, the Cham today are very timid individually, but more courageous in a group. They are extremely honest in word and deed, to the extent that stealing and lying are almost unknown among them. Since every action must be sanctioned by ancestral practices, progress tends to be slow among the Cham. As a people they are fond of chess, jewelry, and music.

Since the downfall of the Champa Kingdom, the Cham have changed from a prosperous seafaring power to a small agrarian culture. To supplement their agricultural earnings, the Cham engage in small commerce, such as buying rice from neighbors and transporting it by boat. Some Cham are involved in making carts or in beekeeping.

What are their beliefs?
Hundreds of years ago the Cham were Hindu. Unlike most of the peoples of the region, the Cham in Thailand are Muslims. The date that Islam was introduced is undetermined, but Malay influence is responsible for restoring and strengthening the Muslim practices of the Cham. Nonetheless, restrictions of Islam law, such as the prohibition to eat pork and drink alcohol, have been relaxed among the Cham, who live near Buddhist peoples.

Perhaps partly because of their Muslim background, the Cham people highly value having their girls remain virgins until they are married in their mid-teens.

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 of Thailand.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies focusing on the Cham.
* Ask the Lord to raise up an army of faithful intercessors who will pray for the Western Cham.
* Pray that God will give the Cham believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
* 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
Profiles by Keith Carey of Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15361/VM
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: Thailand
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Krung Thep province: Ban Khrue section of city (Bangkok), otherwise scattered.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  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: 4,600
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
Language Code (ISO): cja    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Cham, Eastern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism20.00 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam74.95 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant55.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic45.00 %
 
(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
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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 Thailand

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