Daily Topic for June 04, 2011
Is the prize, the upward calling, the focus of our lives? If so, then let us pursue the goal. What is this goal which God has established and which Paul describes? It is an increasingly intimate knowledge of Himself in which we experience the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings (v. 10). Such an experiential knowledge of God will inevitably lead us into sacrificial service for the peoples of the earth—the men and women like the Khmers for whom Jesus died.
Pray that the Lord will call thousands of Khmer believers into sacrificial service.
Chea Chan lit a Buddhist memorial offering of incense, coconut, and lotus flowers. He wept, praying in his Buddhist way for relief from the tormenting anxiety he felt since he lost his little brother. The child was killed (370 others died also) in a horrible stampede of people on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island during the annual Water Festival of 2010. Chea Chan had been unable to save him.
Nearly a thousand years ago, the Khmer people of Cambodia were one of most influential people in South East Asia. Today, they are still the predominant ethnic group in Cambodia, accounting for about 90 percent of its estimated 15 million people. War, hardships, and the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in the late 1970s crushed the Khmer peoples, and only recently have they begun to come out of the nightmare.
The Khmers remain loyal to their style of Buddhism, which blends elements of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, animism, and ancestor-spirit worship. Their 12th Century Angkor Wat (City Temple) is the religious pride of Khmers, and it draws thousands of tourists to Cambodia each year.
In 1990, there were only 10 Evangelical churches in Cambodia attended by the Khmers. Today there are about 200,000 believers in over 2000 churches.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Thank the Lord for this rapid church growth! Pray for the continued growth, maturity, and outreach among Khmer believers. Pray for God to shower His mercy on the Khmer people this decade.