Fanatical Evangelists in Cambodia

 

 

 

 

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all photographs copyright Nigel Dickinson 2007

YWAM: Youth With a Mission

EVANGELISM AMERICAN STYLE. South East Asia. Battambang, Cambodia. A 'University of Nations' project, registered in Cambodia as a project of the international Christian Evangelical 'Youth With a Mission' (YWAM), run by 'Group Leader' Garth Gustafson. It is a fanatical Evangelist youth movement who use english and sports teachings as a vehicle, together with religious indocrination, to turn buddhist youth and even monks, towards the Christian Bible. Garth preaches quasi-religeous sermons about 'hot and cold' climate types, of Western moral superiority and stronger work ethics, American right obsessions with family and personal responsibility, versus "primitive people who use smiles to hide their lies". They preach they "want to see your (Cambodian) nation change to be a good nation, to glorify God" but YWAM is a cult-like organisation with right wing and facism roots. The YWAMers, are like soul collectors, forcing themselves upon AIDS patients in local hospitals, targetting the very sick and dying, offering neither drugs nor food, but instead, prayers about Christian redemption, offering everlasting life, which when rejected by buddhists, they accuse them of being "bitter" for declining them and rejecting their Christian God.