Nearly five decades ago, a Cambodian man addressed the Keswick Convention and issued a plea to British Christians from the Cambodian church. Taing Chhirc requested prayer for Cambodia, then in the grip of a civil war. Within two years he had been martyred, beaten to death by Khmer Rouge soldiers at the beginning of nearly four years of genocide.
Today the Cambodian church is again asking to us pray, but this time in a season of opportunity and hope, not despair.
This year, at the invitation of a group of Cambodian church leaders, Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), will proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ at the Love Phnom Penh Festival in Cambodia from 15 to 17 November.
“Christian history in Cambodia has been written with blood,” said Viktor Hamm, BGEA’s vice president of crusade ministries. “Atrocities committed against Christians in the 70s [under the Khmer Rouge] are well documented. Yet, the Word of God can’t be bound, and God’s remnant will always be present, no matter the circumstances and opposition.”
This historic event will give Christians a chance to celebrate and share their faith in Christ—something that cost Taing Chhirc his life.
“We are asking all Christians to pray for this historic effort,” added Hamm, a request echoed by the Cambodian organisers and one with which, had he survived, Taing Chhirc would have been in hearty agreement.