Dear prayer partners,

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Cambodia is currently struggling with its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began last year. In less than three months, Cambodia has reported more than 13,000 cases and more than 90 deaths. The government initiated strict lockdowns, hoping to curb the spread of the virus. Fines and jail terms have also been implemented to ensure that the regulations are followed. Authorities have divided neighbourhoods into zones to manage communities with high rates of coronavirus cases. Communities with the highest infection rates are classified as “red zones.”

Within these “red zone” districts, villagers are unable to leave their homes, except for medical emergencies. According to the World Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased poverty levels and at least 150,000 households (about half a million people) have been identified as “newly poor” between June 2020 and January 2021. These households are living day-to-day, struggling to feed their families, and are desperate in this time of lockdown. The government has promised to supply food to red zone areas, however, President of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) Vorn Pao, says he has received hundreds of messages from members daily asking for help. Pao estimates about 5,000 of the organisation’s 14,000 members across the country do not have enough to eat and has urged the government to help assist with food, without discrimination.

According to the Joshua Project, Cambodia is home to over 16 million people, with 82.2% of the population adhering to Buddhism. Just under 96% of the population is considered ‘unreached,’ having never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Cambodia has a small percentage of believers (3.4%) who represent the kingdom of light in the nation. Believers currently find themselves facing the same challenges and struggles as those around them. They desperately need ongoing prayer, as well as the boldness to share the hope of the gospel of Christ with those around them.

Please join us as we pray for Cambodia.

“We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.” (Andrew Murray)