The Krung/Brao/Laveh are an unreached people group comprising around 40,000 people in in northeastern Cambodia and 50,000 in southeastern Laos. Until 1993, there were no believers among them. Today there are around 250 believers in Cambodia and no known believers in Laos.
The Krung are very poor, with little access to schooling, health care, and electricity. They differ from the lowland paddy rice farmers of the region. Traditionally the Krung depend heavily on the forest for their livelihood and grow upland dry rice instead of wet paddy field 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. Unfortunately, logging has deforested vast tracts of their land and government concessions to private companies encroach on it. Access to justice through the court system is difficult to obtain.
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In 2006, Family Church committed to adopting the Krung people group in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, by supporting the missionaries on the ground in that region. Kreg & Jenny Mallow, church planters among the Krung people group, act as our liaisons with other missionaries serving on the team to reach the Krung, Brao and Tampuan people groups.
Family Church made a critical contribution toward reaching the Krung by deciding to support Wycliffe Bible Translators, Charles & Sally Keller. Family Church began funding the team's annual costs for translating the Bible into the Krung language. On the third mission trip in March 2011, a Family Church team participated at Bible School in Ban Lung, witnessing the first time these Krung pastors received the book of Galatians in their own language.