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Southeast Asia Where Satan Accused—The Savior Acquitted By Raymond Shull For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:10b). Every day in Cambodia we hear the prayers and chants of misguided monks. Those prayers and chants are amplified throughout the city of Phnom Penh. Weddings, funerals, religious celebrations and holidays—these chants shroud the city like smog on a still Los Angeles day. Each special event is celebrated under large fabric tents in front of their homes. Large speakers are hoisted 20 feet up a bamboo pole and these prayers to Satan are broadcast in volumes comparable to rock concerts. The satanic oppression threatens to squeeze the life and joy out of every believer. Later in the evening alcohol begins to flow as the revelers under the control of Satan dance the night away in a drunken stupor. Armed policemen and soldiers wait just outside to put an end to the fights that break out while the revelers are under the control of the master of the underworld. Welcome to a typical Cambodian day! The powers of hell are solicited. Evil spirits are given control over their daily lives. People live in constant fear they may have offended the spirits. They offer food, fruit and drinks on altars that hold a prominent place in their homes, hoping these spirits will be appeased and their homes spared of unexpected tragedies. Satan the Accuser has been cast down. He is a defeated and dethroned foe but is still determined to fight. Cambodian Christians must thrive in this setting to show the distinct contrast between Satan and the Savior. One such Cambodian Christian is a young man named Tho. He, his wife and son have accepted Christ as Savior. Tho preaches every week in our mid- week service and in our village ministry that is in his hometown. He has been a Christian for seven years and takes a firm stand in his faith. A couple of years ago his mother-in-law was stricken with cancer. The doctors gave no hope of survival. Having nowhere else to turn, she called for the village witch doctor to come and evaluate the cause of her cancer. It was her belief Tho & Family 8