Allow me to express gratitude to our donors! Thanks to donations big and small, we raised a total of $97 for the Orthodox churches in Cambodia. This money has already been received by Father Paisie and we have been praying for the donors to this effort by name.
The big update is that the Didache is being translated into Khmer! This is one of my all-time favorite early church writings so I am super psyched about this. Hopefully, my wife gets around to translating 1 Clement one of these days…though we may need to abandon this project and ask the in-house Khmer translator to do it.
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Cambodia is ripe for evangelism, which is why I think Fr Paisie is focusing on church history as of late. Protestants have a ton of money behind them and have made major inroads. Cambodians respect the West (and whites in general, it is a strange cultural thing. When I’m there I am treated like Tom Cruise and it has nothing to do with money.) So, the white man’s religion has a sort of appeal. It also helps that buddhism is dry, dead, and focused purely on separating people from their money (and unabashedly so, buying karma is a normal thing there. Its like the worst exaggerations of RC indulgences times 10.) And so, being that Cambodians have not been completely contaminated by philosophical materialism, they make relatively easy converts. If I were a billionaire, I would spend my whole fortune converting Cambodians. Because its a field that is fertile. High return on investment.
But, the Protestants have the ground game. They have low cost schools that teach English (which Cambodians wants to send their children to). If a couple billion was invested in churches and christian schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia would swing Christian. I don’t think any other country on Earth poses this potential. Yet, no other country on Earth is 97% syncretist hindu-buddhist hybrid.
Ultimately, our best chance is with schools. This is how the RCs converted so many to the Melkites. However, this is a long term strategy. The window will likely close too fast for us to do this. However, we have to start somewhere. We will see what God does.
The last time I have been in Cambodia, in 2016, it was WAY more modernized and westernized then even 18 months previously. I was extremely disappointed. Within 20 years, they will likely no longer have the humility to simply accept the Christian religion as they have now.
As for my wife’s family, half went Christian simply because she did. None have gone Orthodox sadly.