Background on Cambodia
Government: multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 15.2 million – Khmer 90%, Vietnamese 5%, Chinese 1%, other 4%
Religion: Buddhist (official) 96.4%, Muslim 2.1%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.2% (1998 census)
Languages: Khmer (official) 95%, French, English
FEBC in Cambodia
In 1957, years before the word ‘genocide’ was associated with Cambodia, FEBC began broadcasting the Gospel into the country of Cambodia from its shortwave station in the Philippines. Broadcasts continued into Cambodia as the turbulence of the Vietnam War spilled across its borders, ravaging its land and people. Meanwhile, Samoeun Chan Intal, born and raised in Cambodia, joined FEBC Philippines in 1976, where she was being prepared by God to begin a radio ministry inside Cambodia. In 1993, she returned to Cambodia with her Filipino husband Robledo and their three sons. There they trained Khmer people to produce radio programs. In 1993, the government allowed national programmers to establish FEBCambodia’s first office and studio in the capital of Phnom Penh.
Reaching People Beyond Borders
95% of the Population Practices Buddhism
50% (7 Million) Within FM Range
In March 2002, Family FM 99.5 went on the air using a 500-watt transmitter. In January 2004, Family FM began broadcasting via a 10-kilowatt transmitter, allowing the station to reach a potential audience of 7 million people, half the population of the country.
Cambodia Ministry Highlights
Shortwave broadcasts from the Philippines are heard one hour each evening in the Khmer language.
FEBCambodia works with other Christian ministries and NGOs to improve the quality of life for the Cambodian people through radio programming, community outreach, radio distribution, family and marriage seminars, child development, water purification, and other compassion projects. Helping people and families to heal from the devastating effects of the genocide continues to be an on-going focus.
Shortwave broadcasts from the Philippines is heard one hour each day in the morning and the evening in the Khmer language.
In 2012, 8,546 listeners called, emailed, texted or visited FEBCambodia.