Today we pray for Cambodia, a nation of 11 million located in Indochina. It borders Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The nation is 83% Buddhist, with a Christian minority of about 1%. The official language is Khmer. I had the privilege of spending a few days in Phnom Penh, the capital city, several years ago. I have never been so touched by the hearts of a nation so deeply hurt! They are truly a model of reconciliation and forgiveness. While in the country at large there are many problems, and not always a spirit of grace, among followers of Jesus the forgiving, gracious attitude is truly stunning.
After the genocide of the 1970s, which took 2 million lives (out of the population of 7 million at that time), the nation was totally devastated. Almost every educated person, doctor, civil servant, teacher, soldier, and other professionals, was executed or starved to death. The nation is rebuilding. There is a crying need for reconciliation. This is a poor nation. The average Cambodian earns only US$300 a year. Please pray for the Cambodians today.
Following is a poem author unknown which some of my readers will appreciate. It speaks of the ease with which many of us in the developed world forget the plight of those in the developing world.
I Was Hungry!
You fed my food to your pigs
You blamed it on the markets
You blamed it on the Marxists
You told me the poor were blessed
You really did mean to write to your congressman
You used me as a dumping ground for your food mountain
You promised to pray for me
You were sure I could manage on welfare
You switched the channel to avoid the sight of me
You paid a pittance for my harvest
You sold my government arms to keep me quiet
You used my land to grow flowers for your table
You told me to get lost
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