In one of the most savage slaughters of the 20th century, the Khmer Rouge attempted to eliminate all religion from Cambodian society. Targeted for death were the educated, former civil servants, and all people of faith. In the end, millions perished, the economy collapsed, and the country became a vast forced labor camp.

Although it has been 30 years since the killing, the Cambodian people still retain scars of that experience.

Today Cambodia's people mostly unemployed, orphaned, or maimed from land mines, are the world's most dependent nation of foreign aid (income per person is less than $1 per day).

During the genocide, most Christians died, but now there is increasing freedom of religion. Although the majority of the people practice animism (ancestor worship) and Buddhism, Cambodians are receptive to the Gospel. One percent of the population now claims to be Christian. Unfortunately, many are involved in denominations proclaiming the false doctrine of salvation by good works rather than the finished work of Christ at Calvary.

To date, The Carpenter's Project has completed one church project in Cambodia.