1 June 2006
Kamsorn (right) talking with a Kuy village leader who
has a broken leg.
God is enabling Tom to use his previous experience in
Thailand to become a bridge for Thai believers to be a witness for Christ in
Cambodia. We are hoping this will help the Thai church become more missions
Pastor Kamsorn has had a vision for reaching the Kuy people of Cambodia
for about 15 years now, from when he first trusted Christ as his Savior. Since
then, he has gone to Bible school, married and had four children. He is a
pastor of a church in his home village in northeastern Thailand near the
Cambodian border. He is also a farmer.
Though Kamsorn is a Thai citizen, his mother is ethnic Kuy and his father
is ethnic Khmer. His village includes both people groups. He has a vision for
involving his church members in outreach to the Kuy in Cambodia.
In April Kamsorn came to Cambodia on a survey trip. Tom met him at the
border and brought him to Phnom Penh. From here they traveled up to Kampong
Thom and Preah Vihear provinces visiting Kuy villages, believers, village
leaders and those who are working with the Kuy. He left via a different border
crossing which is quite close to his home in Thailand.
The trip was Kamsorn's first chance to see Cambodia and to realize how
much more developed even his poor rural village in Thailand is than the
Cambodian countryside. He had many opportunities to try to communicate with
Cambodians using Khmer. Though the Northern Khmer dialect is somewhat
different he was quite successful in this. He also found that he could
communicate fairly well with Kuy people here. Kuy people were very happy to
meet a Kuy person from Thailand. They are somewhat isolated here and were
excited that there are more Kuy in other places.
Please pray for Kamsorn and his church as they seek the Lord and consider
ways that they could be involved in helping to bring the gospel to the Kuy
here in Cambodia.
Praise God for more workers among
the Kuy, including Matt and Ben from Fiji, Khmer workers and a couple other
mission organizations with Kuy contacts. Pray for more such partners