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

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

Smile and the Stranger

I have not seen our bicycling benefactor since that day, but I hope someday to sit together with him and Smile at Jesus’ feet in our heavenly home.

By: Robert Campbell
December 01 2017, 5:35 am | Comments 1

Before Dawn

Far too many go to the grave with only the song of death. Pray that they will be ready to sing a new song of rejoicing when Christ comes to take us home!

By: Robert Campbell
November 01 2017, 10:56 am | Comments 0

The Wait Is Over

With our furlough completed, the wait is over. Thank you for your donations, hospitality and prayers. We entreat you to ask that God open the hearts of the unreached Bassac people.

By: Robert Campbell
September 01 2017, 11:11 am | Comments 1

Water of Life

They know where to go for water that comes and goes, but Water that springs up eternally is hard for them to imagine.

By: Robert Campbell
July 01 2017, 10:12 am | Comments 0

The Bassac of Cambodia

In a few months, with your prayers and financial support, we will be moving here to share the gospel with the unreached Bassac people.

By: Robert Campbell
May 01 2017, 9:39 am | Comments 0

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