Krung in Cambodia

Photo Source:  Kent Helvie, Sutherlin Family Church 
People Name: Krung
Country: Cambodia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 26,000
World Population: 26,000
Primary Language: Krung
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 12.00 %
Evangelicals: 10.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


Indigenous ethnic groups of the mountains are known collectively as "Montagnards", and the Krung are one of these. They are culturally distant from modern Khmers. Most of these groups are matrilineal, tracing ancestry through maternal rather than paternal bloodlines. The Krung are very poor, with little access to schooling, health care, and electricity. Traditionally the Krung depend heavily on the forest for their livelihood and grow upland dry rice. Cash crops like cashew nuts and cassava provide limited income. Hunting, fishing, and raising animals provide protein in their diet. Rolling forested hills of red volcanic earth cover much of the Krung homeland and several major rivers traverse flat floodplains. They are not Buddhists, but practice their traditional religion.

Ministry Obstacles

The literacy rate of these poor people suggests the need for oral presentations of the Gospel. Bible portions are also available in their language.

Outreach Ideas

Located somewhat nearby is the Jarai people group, with a larger number of believers. Pray they won't keep the gospel blessing to themselves, but rather that they would share it with their Krung neighbors.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray for the few Krung who would identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will understand what it means to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, not mixing traditional beliefs with the purity of the Gospel.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for fair treatment for the Krung by the government of Cambodia, protecting their land from encroachment by logging companies.

Text Source:   Joshua Project