• 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 performing 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 through 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 owners 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 the 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, 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

Tragedy in Boan Village

Please pray for Chay and the seeds that have been planted.

By: Daniel Greenfield
November 01 2018, 11:23 am | Comments 0

A Lilly in the Bog

Please pray for Savi as she continues to attend baptismal class at our school and looks forward to a new life in Christ.

By: Greg Timmins
November 01 2018, 11:19 am | Comments 0

Jym’s Testimony

Working for God is what I really want. Maybe someday I will even be a church planter. But whatever I do, I want to be serving God.

By: Veronica Nicholaides
November 01 2018, 9:35 am | Comments 0

Fenced In

How many times has God gone to great trouble to fix fences for us, and we aren’t even aware of His precautions? How often has He protected us from our enemy’s invasions when we didn’t have any idea of what He was doing?

By: Bethany Nicholaides
October 01 2018, 5:25 am | Comments 0


His eyes shone. It was as if it was beginning to dawn on him that God can use him and has a plan for him better than he can imagine.

By: Greg Timmins
September 01 2018, 8:05 am | Comments 0

The Joash Box

Please join Teacher Pov and us in praying that God will supply a permanent place of worship. I can’t wait to see how God honors our faith!

By: Veronica Nicholaides
August 01 2018, 6:10 am | Comments 0

Pech’s Angel Part 2

Jesus knows our hearts. He knows about those who call themselves Christians but aren’t. He also knows each one of us who love and follow Him.

By: Molly Timmins
August 01 2018, 5:46 am | Comments 0

Pech’s Angel

“What about our baby?” she pleaded. “Don’t leave us! We need you!”

By: Molly Timmins
July 01 2018, 9:37 am | Comments 0

Frantic Friday

Feeling convicted, I gave everything up to God and invited Him to work it out for His glory.

By: Daniel Greenfield
July 01 2018, 5:28 am | Comments 0

Our Journey to the Pnong Project

Looking back on how God brought all of us to this project, I smile contentedly, realizing yet again that He is the ultimate planner.

By: Jonathan & Veronica Nicholaides
May 01 2018, 5:55 am | Comments 0

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