Pnong

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

About the People

Far up in the northeastern corner of Cambodia, in Mondulkiri province near the Vietnam border, there are broad, sweeping, forest-covered hills with waterfalls and rivers in the deep valleys. Scattered throughout this woodland area are the Pnong people, who typically live in thatched bamboo, two-story longhouses with rounded ends. These farmers and foresters are known for taming elephants to haul trees and cargo. They practice labor-intensive slash-and-burn agriculture, following a 15- to 20-year cycle, using one site for up to five years before moving to a new location.

The Pnong are animists whose lives center around the worship of many nature spirits and the performing of ceremonies designed to appease and manipulate them.

About the Project

In the mid 1950s, the Pnong people heard of Jesus and invited missionaries to come and teach them. Mission agencies were unable to answer the call at that time, and the tribe sent another request in the mid 1960s. Then regional hostilities broke out, leading up to the Vietnam War. The Ho Chi Minh Trail ran though Pnong territory, so many fled the bombings and became refugees in Vietnam, where some were finally able to learn the Gospel. Now, there are about a thousand Christians among the Pnong.

The Pnong are usually short of food for three to five months a year between harvests. During this time, they forage in the forest, hunt, fish or gather resin to sell. Major tracts of land have been logged, sold or otherwise removed from the traditional ownership of the Bunong community, leading to a decrease in basic resources.

Until recently, the Pnong language was only spoken, not written. Many Pnong do not speak the trade language, Khmer, very well. Their ability to interact with the broader society is limited, preventing adoption of innovations and ideas from the outside. The majority of Pnong people lack math skills and are often cheated in the marketplace. Also, as outside influences encroach with alarming speed and impact, and the Pnong people are ill-equipped to adapt.

Most of all, the Pnong are grasping for stability and hope that can only be found in Christ. There is not yet a complete Pnong Bible translation, but one is underway.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 30,000
  • Trade Language: Khmer
  • Heart Language: Pnong
  • Religion: Animism

Frontier Stories

Just a Few Minutes Longer

Now Cara was almost here, and there was no word on when Laurence would get released. I was doing my best, but I could not figure out why God was not answering our prayers.

By: Daniel & Cara Greenfield
August 01 2021, 11:58 am | Comments 0

Every Step of the Way

When our time at the hotel was over and we were checking out, we looked at the bill and were pleasantly surprised. The hotel had only charged us for Cara and my meals and hadn’t charged anything for the kids! We left feeling blessed, refreshed and ready to start working again! I want to say thank you to each one of you who were praying for us! God blessed and provided what we needed every step of the way.

By: Daniel Greenfield
July 01 2021, 8:23 am | Comments 0

The Runaway Bulldozer

My blade kept me from turning over, but I continued to slide down the hill and back over the gate bump. There was a road at the bottom of the driveway and across the street was one of the teacher’s houses. Would I hit someone or something?

By: Cara Greenfield
June 01 2021, 10:33 am | Comments 0

Eerie Lights

I would love for them not to be afraid of the apparition and instead come to love and trust the true Light, Jesus Christ. Would you please join me in praying for this couple that they won’t be afraid anymore?

By: Daniel Greenfield
May 01 2021, 9:38 am | Comments 0

The Battle

In part 1, Hannah Nicholaides felt her spiritual life was lagging. Seeking advice, she called a student missionary. But soon after hanging up, she felt an evil presence enter the room and begin to harass her. Realizing all was not well, dad, Jonathan, broke into her locked room, and he and Veronica prayed and rebuked the evil spirit in the name of Jesus. Hannah was set free. The story continues….

By: Veronica Nicholaides
May 01 2021, 9:11 am | Comments 0

The Battle

This incident was the most blatant spiritual warfare we had ever experienced. But the story wasn’t over yet.

By: Veronica Nicholaides
April 01 2021, 8:40 am | Comments 0

The Problem of Fear

It is time that we closely examine our fears. What is lost when we resist God? Are our fears reasonable? God provides for us, and His blessings will more than make up for the things we fear losing when we fully commit to Him.

By: Serena Van Fossen
April 01 2021, 8:08 am | Comments 0

A Day at School

As Christians, we have nothing to fear because Christ’s light shines in darkness. But for people who live without knowledge of Him, fear is a natural response.

By: Lindsay Rodgers
April 01 2021, 8:00 am | Comments 0

Furlough Recharge

Take a few moments to reflect on your own life. Are you filled with the desire to share Jesus with others? If not, it may be because you are spiritually depleted like I was. Set aside time to spend with Jesus. He is ready to refill your spiritual cup so that it can overflow to others.

By: Cara Greenfield
March 01 2021, 11:21 am | Comments 0

Share the Love

Thank you for sharing His love with those around you and with the unreached through your generosity. It’s a beautiful thing to be part of God’s family!

By: Veronica Nicholaides
February 01 2021, 2:06 pm | Comments 0

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