Ravy and Sokha Manickam

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

In June of 2014 Ravy was appointed by Missions Door to oversee the ministries and churches being served by Cambodian Ministries for Christ under the supervision of his brother, Radha Manickam. Ravy worked for World Vision Cambodia from 1992 until April 2014. In 1991 God called Ravy and Sokha to work with Cambodian people and with leaders of the Christian community in Cambodia through the Church of Christ the Savior as assistant pastor and elder. He has also served on the Cambodia Board since 2001.

Faith Story

Ravy was born of Indian descent and raised in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Both of his parents came from Brahman backgrounds and were devout Hindus. God began speaking to Ravy's heart when he attended a Christian church with his brother, Radha, in 1972 and 1973. Ravy became a Christian in 1990. The Rev. Saman Nget, a Cambodian evangelist, spoke to him and he accepted Jesus as his only God and Savior along with his entire family. The Gospel that had been introduced to Ravy before the fall of Cambodia now captured his heart with love. He knew that it was God who had spared his life from the starvation and violence common during the Pol Pot regime for the great purpose of His Kingdom. Sokha was born and raised in the remote village of Siem Reap province, Cambodia. She is the second child in a devout Buddhist family and grew up learning about the various gods in the Buddhist religion. But God began to speak to her hard heart through her husband Ravy. Since 1996 she has served God with her husband as leaders at New Phnom Penh Baptist Church.

Family

FAMILY Ravy married Sokha in 1983. They have four children: Sunnary, Radha (Jr), Mina, and Rama, who also follow God with their lives.

Education

Ravy completed the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program.

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Amid ancient ruins and modern struggles, new generations emerge with opportunity

Cambodia's colorful and extravagant traditions harken back to the Khmer Empire with costumes, dances and Buddhist temples that reflect rituals from thousands of years ago. Buddhism remains the dominant religion in the country today.

In contrast to its urbanized Asian neighbors, Cambodia is primarily rural, with miles of verdant rice fields and forests watered by the rains of the monsoon season.

Textiles and tourism support a growing national economy, yet many Cambodians live on less than $3 per day. The country has been cited as a source and destination for human trafficking, often facilitated by families seeking to gain additional income.

During the Cambodian genocide of the late 1970s, communist forces of the Khmer Rouge took the lives of one in four citizens, or about two million people. But the country's emerging generations anticipate greater opportunity and democratic freedom.

Your participation with Missions Door supports pastoral training, church planting, leadership development and social outreach, as well as economic development that provides income to pastors in Cambodia.

Cultural Snapshot

At the end of the rainy season Cambodians celebrate Bon Om Tuuk, a boat-racing festival with beautiful gilded boats, carnival games and fireworks.

Faith Fact

The extravagant ruins of Angkor Wat include 1,000 temples. At different times in history they honored indigenous deities, Hindu gods and the Buddha.

Country Profile

Population: 15 million, 52% ages 0–24

Major Religions: 96% Buddhist, 2% Muslim, 1% Christian

Languages: 96% Khmer (official), other 4%

Literacy: 90% urban, 74% rural

Poverty: 20%

 

 

Ministry service area:
International

Ministry location:
, Cambodia