Cambodia lies between Thailand and Vietnam. It is a fertile, forest-covered state on the Mekong River. It is also one of the poorest countries and heavily dependent on foreign aid. Years of war and genocide and corrupt government have hindered their development. The sex trade is also common here. Buddhism has been the national religion since the 15th century. The Khmer Rouge (Cambodian Communists) sought to eradicate all religion in the 1960’s. 90% of Buddhist monks and most Christians perished. The genocide of 1975-1979 killed nearly two million people and most of the population over the age of 30. Since 1990 Christians have been allowed to worship openly with some limitations, and there has been significant Christian growth. Please pray for the young people who have suffered the most, that they will have hope and a future that most of the rest of us take for granted.
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.