Cambodia’s history has been shaped by two distinct “kingdoms,” beginning with Angkor, the seat of the Khmer Empire from the ninth to the 15th century. Angkor is believed to be the largest pre-industrial city in the world, with 390 square miles of urban area containing its well-known temples.
During the 1970s, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge ushered in what could be called the kingdom of darkness. This militant communist regime tortured and executed an estimated 2 million men, women and children, inciting years of civil war and United Nations occupation. Now, a small middle class is emerging, though heartbreaking poverty is still the norm. . At least half of the population is below the age of 24. Yet a new era of hope and healing has entered, as the Kingdom of God spreads through urban centers and rural villages. Tens of thousands of Cambodians have responded to the gospel, and indigenous Christian workers are meeting the country’s physical and spiritual needs. The door for the good news remains wide open.