One community in Cambodia is taking biblical concepts and using them to start proactively transforming their village for the better.
How often do you give thanks for a good road? If we’re being honest, most of us would likely admit that we’ve spent more time cursing the occasional potholes of our city streets than we’ve spent thanking God for the miles of smooth, solid roads linking those potholes.
Spiritual attacks and hauntings are not unheard of in Cambodia, but the Holy Spirit gave light and new life to one precious lady and her granddaughter.
Being troubled or even possessed by spirits is an accepted possibility in Cambodia. Workers have claimed to have fainted in large groups because of a spiritual attack on the factory where they work. Buddhist monks regularly visit homes to help protect its inhabitance from vengeful spirits.
Two sisters have survived heartbreaking events and are drawing closer to one another as they trust God for a brighter future.
Tara Winkler volunteered at an orphanage in Cambodia, excited to be able to help children in need. The longer she spent there, though, the more she began noticing strange things. Children were catching mice to eat because they were so hungry, despite money pouring in to support the organization.
Superstition and custom often weigh down people heavily, but one lady and her family has found relief through meeting Christ.
About 95 percent of Cambodians identify as Theravada Buddhist, though their particular version of Buddhism generally includes local ancestor worship, shamanism, and animism. A typical home there has one or more spirit houses, small shrines to keep good spirits and appease bad spirits so that they don’t harm the residents.
One man found the key to escaping his culture’s long-held fear of evil spirits and sorcery in a simple search for new work.
Cambodia, like many of its Southeast Asian neighbors, is a hotbed of spiritual beliefs.
The country is at a central point of the peninsula and home to Cham, Chinese, Vietnamese and French philosophical counterpoints where sacred traditions and animism have blended into a chimera of religion.