Christopher LaPel was raised in a Buddhist family, but as a boy he was fascinated by the symbol of the cross. It was not until he had endured the suffering of the killing fields, in which his father, mother and sister died from exhaustion and malnutrition and his brother was executed, that he discovered the true meaning of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Years later, Christopher encountered Kaing Khek Ieu, also known as Duch, who had supervised the Khmer Rouge’s notorious interrogation, torture and execution centre at Tuol Sleng. Christopher led Duch to Christ and baptised him.
Duch was subsequently arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for his crimes. Christopher testified at his trial and now visits Duch in prison, where they read the Bible and break bread together.
Read more of Christopher LaPel’s story in the article ‘He survived the killing fields, led Pol Pot’s murderous general to Christ‘.