Thoughts of genocide and 'killing fields' are at the forefront of many of our minds when we think of Cambodia. There is no doubt that the genocide in the 70's still impacts the people today, as a whole generation of educated people - leaders, professionals and intellectuals - were brutally killed.
The education levels remain low and there are many who live in poverty, particularly in the rural communities which can be rather remote. But the Bible Society in Cambodia put a lot of effort in to reaching people who are marginalised due to poverty. Being poor should not disqualify people from hearing and knowing the Word of God.
Catherine Little joined some of the team to visit some of the churches in rural provinces in Cambodia who have benefited from Bible Society ministry. Not only are Bibles being distributed to those who would otherwise be unable to afford them, but Bible-based literacy groups are being established, helping people begin to take steps out of poverty.
Much of the Scripture distribution focuses on young people and children, as 60% of the population of Cambodia are under 25 years old. Catherine had the joy of seeing the excitement with which Bible resources were received and the eagerness of children to begin reading their books immediately.
Not only do the Bible Society visit regions where people are marginalised, they also recognise that life's circumstances can cause people to become isolated. For this reason, the Bible Society makes the Bible available to soldiers living away from home and to prisoners. While their society has locked them away out of sight, their creator still sees them and offers hope.
These are just a few of the ways the Bible Society in Cambodia shares Jesus with people who are marginalised. Partnering with local churches and working with volunteers is key to the spread of God's Word in Cambodia. Praise God that many hearts are open to His Word.