Cambodia lies on the Mekong, one of Asia's great rivers, which provides fertile land for rice crops. Much of the country's business and commerce is focused on the bustling capital city, Phnom Penh.
Tribal peoples, especially in the north of Cambodia, face increasing threats to their traditional ways of life, and are prone to exploitation over issues such as land rights.
Religion: Buddhist, with Muslim, Christian, Hindu & ethnic minorities
Christians in Cambodia
Buddhism has been Cambodia's national religion for hundreds of years. While the Khmer Rouge sought to eradicate religion, Christians have been able to worship openly since 1990 and today the country enjoys increased religious freedoms.
That God's Church in Cambodia survived the Khmer Rouge at all is remarkable and, while outright numbers of Christians remain small at little over 1% of the population, there has been significant growth of indigenous ministry and planting of new churches. Training of pastors and mature leadership remains a pressing need.
Individually and together, Christians in Cambodia have complex and sometimes unpleasant social problems and evils to confront, such as as the sex trade in which tens of thousands of children are exploited.