Bible Society distribution in Cambodia

In the 1970s Christianity was almost wiped out in Cambodia. 2015 sees the 40th anniversary of the start of the Khmer Rouge genocide, an event which traumatised a whole nation, leaving a legacy of distrust, hatred, pain and sorrow. Now, after a dark period of history, the Church is expanding at an extraordinary rate.

Cambodia has a population of over 15 million people and is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Last year, the Bible Society distributed Scriptures to over thirty thousand people in villages throughout the country. But many more copies are needed to meet the huge need for Bibles.

Arun’s promise

Arun Sok Nhep, chief executive of Bible Society in Cambodia

Arun Sok Nhep, chief executive of Bible Society in Cambodia

Arun Sok Nhep is the chief executive of the Bible Society in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. His passion for distributing Bibles started forty years ago as the violent Khmer Rouge regime swept through Cambodia.

At this time, Arun was serving as an army officer. He was forced to flee but he was caught in the attempt and spent four months in prison in neighbouring Vietnam and later 18 months in a so-called re-education camp in Laos.

During this time he met other Christians who had scraps of Bibles, which sustained his faith. He made a promise that if God saved his life and got him out of prison, he would one day return to serve the ethnic minority people of South East Asia.

I forgot this prayer for many years. But God never forgets. What I prayed that day in the prison is exactly what I’m doing here now.
Arun Sok Nhep, chief executive of the Bible Society in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

Fulfilling the promise

It took two years, but eventually Arun escaped to France. There, he trained as a pastor, married, and served in a Cambodian church.

Following the end of the Khmer Rouge regime, Arun later returned to Cambodia and was involved in the translation of the Khmer Bible.  He fulfilled his prayerful promise.

I have learnt especially how God has used the circumstances of my life – how pain and suffering can turn to the benefit of his kingdom. The difficult time for me has become a personal opportunity – an opportunity now to supply Scripture.
Arun Sok Nhep, chief executive of the Bible Society in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

Cambodia has some of the fastest-growing churches in the world and Arun continues to serve the Church by providing Scriptures.

Find out more about Bible Society work in Cambodia and how you can help