Bassac

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

The Bassac Kingdom was once a great empire. Political unrest and war divided the kingdom north and south, and the two halves are now under the control of two separate modern nations. The culture, heavily influenced by animist and Buddhist thinking, has remained strong over the past few centuries, but industrialization has impacted the Bassac way of life. The Bassac are the second largest people group of Stung Treng province, and they continue to live off the land by subsistence farming and fishing. Trade is an important factor, and the provincial center acts as a regional hub for foreign and domestic trade.

Buddhism has historically played an important role in the Bassac way of life, but they interpret it in terms of their animistic beliefs. This dualism can make it hard to understand the religious motivations that underlie their core beliefs and identity as a people. Christianity has struggled to reach the Bassac people, but resources are available to help with evangelism efforts. Currently, only one percent of the Bassac population are Christian, and more than half of those are Catholic. The Bassac hold tightly to their traditional beliefs and culture, keeping their distinct identity.

About the Project

Adventist Frontier Missions aims to start work among the Bassac by reaching out with friendship evangelism and felt-needs ministries to engage people so they have a chance to hear the gospel for the first time. We will begin by researching the local area to determine a suitable base of outreach. Then we will connect with local community members, working with heads of households and young people by sharing the gospel in practical ways.

As we assess the needs of this people and hear what they long for, we will launch a plan to develop resources, disseminate existing outreach materials and invest in the people. This might include distributing digital media in the form of SD cards or small radios, providing some form of skills or technology training, or performing health seminars, just to name a few ideas. Once we assess the felt needs of Bassac, we will use the ministries to share with them the deep truths of the gospel and the Three Angels’ messages, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts. As we build trust, we believe God will draw Bassac people to Him. Our hope and prayers is that a church-planting movement will be started with members actively engaged in missionary activities among their own people so that the gospel can reach all of the Bassac in this generation.

People-Group Facts

Population: 22,000
Language: Bassac
Trade Language: Khmer
Religion: Animist / Buddhist

Sources:
http://joshuaproject.net
http://wikipedia.org

Frontier Stories

All the Buzz

By promoting agriculture technology, we can help minister to the Bassac farmers.

By: Robert Campbell
May 01 2019, 11:01 am | Comments 0

An Unexpected Rider

We believe God is calling us to work among these island communities. Will you help us reach them?

By: Robert Campbell
March 01 2019, 9:32 am | Comments 0

Island Ministry

Would you consider investing in the Bassac people whose lives are filled with hard work, physical pain and spiritual oppression?

By: Jephthae Campbell
February 01 2019, 4:11 am | Comments 0

No Fear in Love

God is eager to pick us up and hold us. He wants to comfort and care for us. He wants to tame our hearts, just like that little scared kitten.

By: Robert Campbell
November 28 2018, 2:49 pm | Comments 0

Changing Seasons

“Sand place!” Ethan announced. Normally we didn’t go during the week, but I felt strangely drawn to it.

By: Robert Campbell
November 01 2018, 11:41 am | Comments 0

New Friends and a New Ministry

Though we didn’t find land, we found people with whom we could build a relationship and share Christ.

By: Robert Campbell
August 01 2018, 5:38 am | Comments 0

How Much?

Khmer is one of the most challenging languages to learn, but it is essential to doing ministry and business here in Cambodia. Each day is a baby step. I praise God for His blessing in helping me learn how to type in Khmer!

By: Robert Campbell
June 01 2018, 5:41 am | Comments 0

The Broken Bike

Please continue to keep our family in prayer as we seek to learn the trade language so we are better equipped to share the gospel and support the local believers.

By: Jephthae Campbell
April 01 2018, 6:48 am | Comments 0

Loh

May we all be faithful lohs for Him!

By: Robert Campbell
February 01 2018, 6:39 am | Comments 0

Stay Permit

We spent months trying to get these papers! What made the difference? It was God’s blessing in response to prayers of believers seeking His help.

By: Jephthae Campbell
January 01 2018, 8:15 am | Comments 1

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