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FAQ about Cambodia & our life here


  • What is your job?

  • Where do you work?

  • How long have you been a missionary?

  • Is the country called Cambodia or Kampuchea?

  • What religion do they mainly follow there? Aren't you trying to change their culture to the American way of thinking?

  • What is the weather like there?

  • What language do the Cambodians speak and what are the people called?

  • Where is Cambodia?

  • What do Cambodians eat?

  • What does your family eat?

  • What do they think of Americans?

  • What kind of government is there in Cambodia?

  • How large is the land size of Camboda?

  • How are your children being schooled?

  • What are some of the nice things about life in Cambodia?

  • What are some of the difficult aspects of life in Cambodia?

  • How many people live in Cambodia?

  • Answers

    1. What is your job?

      We are striving to explain to people that there is a God who made everything, that this God deserves their worship/ honor, and that this God will one day judge them. When people take a hold of these truths, their lives will strive to please God in everything. Then from this we hope to encourage groups to begin worshipping God regularly. We work kind of like a pastor in the states, but with some definite differences.

    1. Where do you work?

      We work presently in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia - South East Asia. Our neighboring countries are Thailand and Vietnam.

    1. How long have you been a missionary?

      We have worked officially as missionaries since July of 1998. Then we arrived in Cambodia September 2000.

    1. Is the country called Cambodia or Kampuchea?

      The actual name is Kampuchea. The French named it Cambodia and since this naming by the French.. everyone has called it by that name. The people of Cambodia never refer to themselves as Cambodians or as the country of Cambodia. How would you like your country being called by a name that noone in the your country calls it?

    1. What religion do they mainly follow there? Aren't you trying to change their culture do the American way of thinking?

      The main religion in Cambodia is Buddhist. Actually the worship they do is more honoring of spirits than anything else. They worship the spirits of their grandparents and spirits of houses and neighborhoods. It a religion that is filled with fear of hoping to make enough spirits happy for peace and good health in their lives.

      Some think that we are here to change their religion and culture so to American-ize them. Actually the faith that follows the God of heaven had its birth in Asia. Our efforts are not to walk on the culture of this country, but to help all know their Maker and Master of life has prepared a judgment for all. Even though some ignore and withhold the honor due to the Lord God, He will still hold them responsible one day. We endeavor to spread the knowledge of the Creator God with humility realizing that a proud attitude about our teaching would cause them to just compare religions. This is wrong. There is one source of life and He wants all to know and honor Him.

    1. What is the weather like there?

      We have 2 seasons. Rainy season and hot season. The hot season means its hot and dry. The rainy season means its hot and rainy. The coldest we have ever seen is low 70s. Usually it is in the 90s. Rarely into the hundreds.

    1. What language do the Cambodians speak and what are the people called?

      The people of Cambodia are called Khmer. The language of Cambodia is Khmer. The country of Cambodia is called by the people here as Kampuchea or Khmer.

    1. Where is Cambodia?

      The easiest way to find it is to find China and look at the countries below it. Cambodia is the right of Thailand and to the left of Vietnam. It is bordering with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

    1. What do Cambodians eat?

      Cambodians have a main staple of rice. They eat this with every meal. One main difference between what Cambodians eat from westerners maybe the eating of bones, skin and alot of parts of animals.. more so than westerners. They also eat crickets, fried spiders, grilled snakes, beatles, and a multitude of other bugs. Usually these creatures are eaten as snacks not apart of the main meal.

    1. What does your family eat?

      We do eat alot more rice than typical Americans. The rice tastes much better in Cambodia than in the west. We also eat Tacos, pizza, hamburgers, and just about everything people in the west eat. We have eaten a few crickets and tried goat a few times. We still need to try snake and dog. It is amazing how many fruits we have here that the west has never heard of. Some of these fruits have no English name. Some of our favorite are Mangoes, souw mouw, and Tiep swuet.

    1. What do they think of Americans?

      Most Cambodians seem to love and enjoy getting to know Americans. When looking for a house to rent, they often ask what country are you from.. when I say America.. they always smile and say good..

    1. What type of government do they have in Cambodia?

      Cambodia has elections nationally every 5 years. Since 1993 when the UN helped the country set up voting standards and things.. Some have said that the main party which has been in power since 93 is Communistic in many ways. There is much toleration politically for Christianity.. so in some respects they do not follow some communistic countries.

    1. How big is the country?

      It is approximately the size of the state of Missouri. It has mountains around all of the border.

    1. How are your children being schooled?

      We are homeschooling our children using Sonlight curriculm. It is a books based learning curriculm. It really is more of a hodge bodge series.. with the people taking the goods from other curriculms and adding some of their own stuff.

    1. What are some of the nice things about life in Cambodia?

      Some of the nice parts of Cambodia are the many types of fruits unknown in the states, weather that is between 80-95 year around, and the first hand exposure of another culture (ie language, smells, sounds, and customs.)

    1. What are some of the difficult aspects of life in Cambodia?

      There are many many differences between life in Cambodia and the states. The most obvious is the distance from parents and cousins and family. This is by far the hardest aspect of living in Cambodia. But besides this, there is the heat that always has accompanying mosquitoes. The hygiene of people here is a little bit different than in the states so this can also provide for more sick days. Then, theres the traffic, the dust, the lack of walmart, McDs, and after thanksgiving day sales also.

      If someone asked which life is easier in Cambodia or in the states.. we would answer the States. BUT our lives are temporary here on earth.. so the mild loss physically provides us with a great opportunity for serving God.

    1. How many people live in Cambodia?

      In the whole country it is said that there are about 15 million people.

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