From Killing Fields to Living Fields

Why did Cambodian Communities out of Crisis (CCC) choose the motto From Killing Fields to Living Fields?

Killing Fields

Pile of bones The film The Killing Fields vividly portrayed what happened in Cambodia's holocaust between 1975 and 1979 when Cambodia was ruled by the Khmer Rouge.

At least 1.7 million Cambodians lost their lives directly or indirectly at the hands of this genocidal regime. Many were taken out of their villages and were murdered in fields or forest, sometimes after being made to dig their own graves. Even today human remains are being unearthed in the fields of Cambodia.

Killing Fields evokes the suffering, grief and deprivation endured by the Cambodian people during and since the Khmer Rouge regime.

Living Fields

CCC exists to restore life to Cambodia. We are active in the area of education, helping the country on its way back to growth and prosperity.

But we believe that true life for the Cambodian people, as for all other peoples, comes only through knowing Jesus Christ, who said, I have come that they may have life — life in all its fullness. For this reason we work in partnership with the Christian church in Cambodia.

Living Fields affirms our confident hope that the Cambodian people can now enjoy life and peace instead of death and strife.

Killing Fields to Living Fields

When CCC was founded in 1994, we chose the motto From Killing Fields to Living Fields to show that we were committed to helping Cambodia come from death to life, from grief to joy, from poverty to prosperity. We have seen — and are seeing...

  • ... individuals given better employment prospects as a result of receiving sponsorship to attend further education courses;
  • ... churches being equipped to grow and reach out to their communities with the love of Jesus Christ.

"So that the body of Christ may be built up"

Preaching in a village As well as choosing a motto, we chose a quotation from The Bible to describe CCC's role.

It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13, NIV)

We want the body of Christ, that is the church, in Cambodia to be built up, becoming mature and functioning as Jesus intends it to.

To this end, we aim to work in partnership with Cambodian Christian churches and organisations.

The Spirit of Peace

CCC logo

Our logo consists of a dove superimposed on a map of Cambodia.

The map represents the people of Cambodia and is coloured red to symbolise the blood that was shed during the Cambodian holocaust.

The dove has a dual significance:

It represents peace, which was denied to Cambodia for more than three decades. Jesus Christ, the 'Prince of Peace', is restoring peace to Cambodia through His church.

The dove also represents the Holy Spirit, who is empowering the Cambodian church and transforming the lives of more and more of the Cambodian people.

The Cry of the Poor

Another passage in The Bible determines the thrust of our work in Cambodia:

If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard. (Proverbs 21:13 NRSV)

CCC is committed to responding to the cry of the poor in Cambodia.


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