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Wim is Dutch by birth but now considers himself an Australian. By profession he is a forester and agriculturalist. In 2000 and 2001 he worked as a tentmaker in India.
Maaike grew up in Adelaide and is a high-school teacher. She has already served on the mission field in Sri Lanka.
Esther was born 9th March 2004, and Tobias on 9th November 2005. The Prins family were stationed in Phnom Penh until their move in 2007 to Banlung in rural Ratanakiri province, 600km north-east of the capital. The Prins served in Banlung until 2009 then they moved to Siem Reap
Cambodia is in South East Asia - surrounded by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Of its population of 13 million people, 83% Buddhist and only 1% Christian.
More than one third of the population now live below the poverty line. Having lost about 2 million people during the Pol Pot regime (1975-1979), the country has the highest rate of widows and orphans in the world. The people are determined to rebuild their country.
The major language is Khmer - a very difficult language to learn to speak and write.
Since 1990 have Christians been allowed to worship openly in this country, but they are still treated as second-class citizens. The church is small, young and fragile - in need of our prayers. However many people are very open towards the Gospel of Christ.
"After a long period of trying many doors, we are now confident the Lord wants us to go to Cambodia". The Prins family are conscious of God's leading in their work in Cambodia. The opportunities to work for the Lord Jesus in this country are many.
PRAY - Please pray for Wim, Maaike, Esther and Tobias as they continue to establish relationships in Banlung, use the language and minister to those whom God brings across their paths. Pray that the children will continue to grow up knowing and following the Lord Jesus.
Visit the Church Missionary Society website to find out the Prins' latest news and donate to their mission.
Visit Maaike's blog here.