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Cham, Western in United States

Cham, Western

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,300 Cham, Western Islam 1.00 % 0.10 % No   

Cham, Western in United States

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The Muslim Cham people from Southeast Asia who live in the US live mainly in Southern California's Orange County, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. In California they struggle to keep their kids from the destructive behavior they see around them like joining gangs and using drugs. They also struggle to keep their children from leaving the Cham culture. This culture embraces their own form of folk Islam. The Cham in Orange County have their own mosque. In Seattle, they are more likely to share their places of worship with other ethnic groups.

Ministry Obstacles
Though some Cham people in the past were Hindu, most are now Muslim. Their social interactions are usually with other Muslims who reinforce their traditional beliefs. Muslims have no concept of a loving Heavenly Father who can direct their lives and provide them abundant life. Pray for members of the Cham communities in the US to seek and find Jesus.

Outreach Ideas
Though most of the Cham in the United States are Muslims, a small number of them adhere to some form of Christianity. Pray that the light of the Holy Spirit will shine through these few Cham believers in such a way that their Muslim neighbors will desire to have the same spiritual riches as those who follow Christ. Pray for believers to take the time to befriend and disciple people from Cham communities.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a handful of Christian believers among the Cham people in the United States, but only a handful. Please pray for nearby Christians to reach out to the Cham people, as well as to other needy people groups in their area.

Pray for the entire people group
* The Cham people have adhered to religious systems in the past, but they have not experienced being children of God.
* Pray that the eyes of their hearts will be open in such a way that they desire to become part of something bigger than themselves: spiritual children in the Kingdom of God.
* Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Cham that will result in many following Christ in the US as well as in Southeast Asia.
* Pray for God to raise up unstoppable believers among the Cham people who will stop at nothing to have His Name praised among the Cham people.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-19
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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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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
West ChamWestern Cham
ROP3 Code: 110776
Joshua Project People ID: 15361
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,300
Population all Countries: 322,000
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
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Primary Language: Cham, Western (3,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cja    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian100.00 %
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Cham, Western in United States

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People Cluster
    Cham     America, North and Caribbean    
      Cham, Western United States    
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            Cham, Western in United States          
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      Islam     Cham, Western  
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