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Many Khmer Buddhists have become Christians 'because they are looking for answers'

Former Khmer Rouge leader among Cambodia's new Christians

Pastor Sok Sophon reads the Bible in the conference room of the the Cambodian office of the Christian and Missionary Alliance at the outskirts of Phnom Penh. (Photo by Enric Catala Contreras)

Ate Hoekstra, Phnom Penh
Cambodia

May 18, 2017

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Sok Sophon was a battle-hardened Khmer Rouge commander when he found Jesus.

The now 63-year-old Cambodian was visiting a refugee camp, when a wounded soldier gave him a Bible. At first he was reluctant but did take it.

Then after reading from the Bible the officer of the Pol Pot regime got interested and visited a church service. "I remember who the first time I made a detour to get to the church," he says. "I didn't want people to know. I felt ashamed for going there."

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