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Published on March 15, 2014

Author: alicevnelson


PowerPoint Presentation: Cambodia , a lush country which lies in Southeast Asia, and is neighbored by the more commonly known countries of Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos . Known as Kampuchea to the Khmer people that inhabit this unique cultural land, Cambodia is now a very peaceful country . Its culture includes many sole highlights, including special dances, tamed Asiatic elephants that carry tourists high as they sway back and forth, the many Pagodas, and of course, the ancient ruins that reflect the kingdom country’s history! There are many different aspects that establish Cambodia as a bright lotus flower, which can bring a smile to anyone’s face when you dive into the culture. But that smile soon turns into a frown when you look into its dark history. The Pol Pot regime, the Khmer Rouge, 1-2 million Cambodians killed just because they were educated…including children, monks, and the elderly. One man’s selfish greed for control, a communist. Thankfully the Khmer Rouge is over, and Cambodia has recovered miraculously. But there are always struggles. Many Cambodians live in poverty, and children are the most vulnerable. Children attend school around the age of six. Sadly, an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of 15 cannot go to school because they can’t afford it. Instead, they earn money by working jobs, begging on the streets, and laboring hard long days, just to help provide for their families. In addition, human trafficking lurks, and a child’s world could be turned into a tortured life at any time. The victims of the sex trade go up to 100,000, and many parents sell their own child for as little as ten dollars to traffickers. Stories have been told of girls as young as 3 being raped. Girls kidnapped, or sold by their parents, locked up and abused. Intro: PowerPoint Presentation: Cambodia is a rich country in culture, but is in spiritual darkness. They depend on statues, baptizing them, praying, chanting to them. Thinking they will be saved. Putting everything into them. But, isn’t it amazing how Jesus poured everything out for us, because He loves us? We don’t have to do anything else but trust and believe Him. Cambodia is the tiniest country in South East Asia, and is made up of many geographical features. In the central part of the country, it is flat. However, half of Cambodia is covered with forests, and plains are found along the Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake areas. The climate is tropical, with May to November being the rainy season. Many Cambodians are farmers, and the land is perfect for growing rice, and other products. Rice is consumed regularly at every meal, even breakfast! Fish is also plentiful, many taking advantage of the Mekong river, rivers, and Tonle Sap Lake. The Mekong is the twelfth longest river in the world, and in turn supplies plenty of fish for the Cambodian cuisine. Vegetables and meat are also eaten. Fruits are grown, such as the tropical coconuts, durians, pineapples, and mangoes. Sometimes families will pick fruit or produce, and take them to the energetic and colorful market to sell. Venders sell everything from tropical fruits and flamboyant fabrics, to fried spiders! Cambodia’s currency is called the riel. 3,985.90 riel is equal to 1 US dollar. The Cambodians speak the Khmer language, and use the Khmer script for writing, which is made up of 33 consonants. Buddhism is the national religion, and as you walk around you will surely see the brown bald monks dressed in bright orange or yellow robes, or even the women monks clothed in white. Buddhism shapes Cambodia’s culture in a major way. Pagodas, pictures of Buddha, statues of Buddha are everywhere! People chant to the statues until they feel peaceful. They also bring offerings to them, and the monks. Every ten days, the people line the streets as the monks come and except whatever the people have to offer them. The people give the monks food, thinking that this will honor their dead ancestors. Monks outside of this day, do beg for “alms”, or food, on the streets in the towns and cities daily. The culture of Cambodia is very stunning and bright. Cambodia has definitely kept its beautiful traditions. The food is uniquely Khmer, using what Cambodia produces. Rice, exotic delicious fruits, and vegetables grown by farmers. Fish caught from the Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake by fisherman. The cuisine is not like any in Asia. The dances are graceful, expressive, and precise. Homes are built on stilts, and some villages float on the water. The people are striking, welcoming, and caring, showing peaceful emotion. Their culture is one to marvel at. Topic A: PowerPoint Presentation: Especially since what has happened in the country’s past. Back in 1970 Cambodia would change, and the world would watch in horror. It was 1970, and the military had become greater than the Prime Minister. The communistic Khmer Rouge began rallying supporters, getting the message out that they wanted a country where everyone was at the same financial level. They gained many for their cause. Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge, they wanted to change Cambodia from all its current ways, and turn it into a communist run farming country. In 1975, soon after, the Khmer Rouge communists took over the Government, and the capital of Phnom Penh. No technology, no education, no writing, nothing. Those who were educated, murdered. The Khmer Rouge wanted nothing but government run farming work. Pol Pot called 1975 “Year Zero”. All the major cities were turned into ghost towns as people were forced to evacuate by the Khmer Rouge. If they didn’t obey, their house would be burned to the ground, and they would be executed. The Khmer Rouge didn’t want anyone living in cities, and innocent people were marched to work in villages, more like labor camps, as farmers. On the long hard journeys to these labor camps, many children, sickly people, and elderly died. People who were already farmers continued to work, but their land was not theirs anymore…it was the Khmer Rouge’s. People had to work long 12-15 hour days. No one was allowed to go anywhere unless the Khmer Rouge told them too. Wretchedly the Khmer Rouge was the head, the new government. Many Cambodian’s died from overwork, disease, and starvation. Doctors, the educated, and teachers were killed. So were people that broke the new rules. Children were separated from their parents and put in government run “schools”, which taught them the new rules. The government abolished stores, currency, books, writing, letters, media, schools, and religion. 90% of monks were killed, and temples were destroyed. Anyone was killed that had any connections with a foreign government, or the past government. Minorities were killed too, including Muslims and Christians in the country. Even people that wore glasses were killed, just because the government thought it meant they were “educated”. Artists, musicians, the educated, were executed. Married couples couldn’t spend a large amount of time together, and family laws were put in place. Those who broke them, executed. Prisoners were kept in torture camps, and eventually taken to a killing field, where they would be tortured, beaten and killed up against a tree, then buried in mass graves. Children, the elderly, parents. In the end, an estimated 1-3 million people were killed, or died from other preventable causes. This nightmare all came to an end when the Vietnamese invaded, and took over, forcing the Khmer Rouge to give up their evil ways. Pol Pot died at the age of 72, in 1998. It is said he died of heart failure, but many suspect he committed suicide. The terrible past of Cambodia has made the country stronger, and today, memorials honor those who were killed. Topic B: PowerPoint Presentation: Though the dark history of the Pol Pot Regime are in the past, and Cambodia’s people have recovered phenomenally, still remaining is poverty, and a need for Jesus’ love to truly heal. The people worship Buddha. Cambodia is the seventh largest Buddhist population in the world, with 12,545,264 people following the Buddhist religion. The population of Cambodia goes up to 15,053,112 people. Those who are not Buddhist follow other religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, and others, or no religion at all. The Christian population ranks third highest in the country, at 471,162 followers. Christians are permitted to worship in the country, however mission activity is limited by the government. The people in Cambodia are very kind, and welcoming! They greet each other by slightly bowing, while doing the sampeah (palms together, a prayer like gesture). There are 23 indigenous languages in Cambodia. The Khmer are very optimistic people, as is reflected in their beautiful smiles, which is called the “Khmer smile”. It is embarrassing for Cambodians to raise their voices, get angry, or yell. They are very calm people . However, 38% of Cambodians live below the poverty line. Poverty brings many things crashing down, and sadly one of those things is that 1.5 million children under the age of fifteen can’t go to school, so they have to work jobs, beg, or are tragically are sold into human trafficking. Sometimes sold for as little as $10 dollars in American money. 33% of the Khmer people are children under the age of 15. When children can’t go to school and instead must work jobs just to help provide for their families, there is more of a risk for traffickers to kidnap them. Some children beg on the streets, and this is especially dangerous. They are vulnerable. 100,000 Cambodian girls and women are victims of the sex trade, and that’s just in Cambodia. Girls as young as 3 have been raped, and 6 year old sex trade victims have been rescued. Girls are caged up, sold, abused , commanded to do things against their will. It’s horrible. 20% of tourists to Cambodia make use of this hideous cruel activity. Other statistics as a result of poverty include that only 73.6% of the country’s population can read. HIV effects this country. The life expectancy is 60.6 years old. In Asia alone, there are 60 million orphans. In Cambodia, adoption was suspended for a period of time back a while ago. In 2012, adoption was reopened to those in the US. International adoption is rumored to start up again this year, 2014. Vulnerable children need protection, love, and support. In a South Eastern country, Myanmar, it only costs $5 American dollars for a child that is working, to go to school. $5.00 dollars. I gather it is close to $15.00 for a child in Cambodia to attend school per month. What seems to us to be an unimportant amount of money here, in a third world country changes a child’s world, gives them hope, and sets them free to soar in their lives. The blue cloud filled sky, is filled with all their dreams. Our minimum here, can make their dreams come true, and set the immense sky as the limit. Topic C: PowerPoint Presentation:  The next time you think about Cambodia, pray for the children and people there. Children dressed in rags, hungry, dying. Pray for this Buddhist nation to see Jesus, and His sacrifice for them…not their sacrifices to false gods. Culturally , Cambodia is entertaining to learn about, but the Pol Pot regime makes you very unhappy. Then when you hear of the current issues, it motivates you to do something. Cambodia, with its vivid culture, dark history, and urgent needs. Children waiting to be adopted, saved from slavery, and the hope of many children that they might be able to go to school someday . That is why Cambodia, this wonderful real Southeastern country, needs to be put in Jesus’ hands, and His love needs to be reaching out. When Jesus is in the society of Cambodia, truly the culture will be even more majestic. Conclusion: Spiritual Darkness/Need: Spiritual Darkness/Need I. Introduction State Subject: Cambodia Spiritual Darkness background: briefly describe location Topic A Topic B Topic C II. Topic A: Religion 1. 7th largest, Buddhist pop. 2. mixed with animism 3. fear spirits, pray to statues 4. Christian missionaries limited 5. @500,000 in Christian minority III. Topic B: Oppressive, Violent Past 1. Communist military take-over 2. forced, cities to farms 3. genocide, 1-3 million killed 4. death camps, torture, starvation 5. Children, taken, reeducated 6. Ended, Vietnam invaded III. Topic C: Poverty 1. 38% in poverty 2. Health: HIV, TB, <60.6 3. 600,000 orphans 4. 1.5 million children  school 5. work, beg, scavenge 6. trafficking, children sold, $10 7. 20% tourists, sex trade IV: Conclusion 1. Topic A 2. Topic B. 3. Topic C 4. Most important and Why 5. Clincher

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