I am greatly appalled and extremely disgusted with Mr Mike
Evans and his team after having read the article in the Phnom Penh Post of July
14-27, 1995 entitled "Blessed be the Cambodian poor..."
unbelievable that Mike Evans and his team are so unscrupulous that they have got
the courage to produce a misleading video called "MIRACLE: Explosion Cambodia"
containing nothing but lies and exaggerations about what actually happened
during their nearly fatal so-called soul-saving and body-healing miracle mission
in my unfortunate country of Cambodia.
I was in Cambodia during that time
and witnessed with my own eyes a spontaneous angry riot made up of unrelated
individuals who poured out their anger and disappointment in the form of violent
demonstration because they felt tricked and cheated by Mr Evans and his team.
Most of them are poor peasants who sold their few draught animals or borrowed
money from relatives or friends or money lenders at high interest in order to
travel to Phnom Penh to have themselves or their loved ones healed of various
diseases and physical deformity. They lost everything - time, money and
Many Cambodians are destitute, uneducated, inexperienced with
Western preachers and not assertive enough. They have insufficient medical care
and suffered tremendously for the past two decades. These characteristics and
other circumstances make them strongly vulnerable to a powerful manipulator and
mind programmer such as Mike Evans who promised ludicrously impossible
Mr Mauro can blame the "devil" Khmer Rouge but the fact
remains that what Evans witnessed in Phnom Penh was the desperate response and
anger of the Cambodian people to a liar and opportunist. There are lots of
handicapped people in America and obviously also in Texas. Why does not he save
or heal them first? He doesn't mean to tell me that (his) God loves Cambodians
more than Americans, does he?
The story of two monks wanting to tear
their clothes in public because they felt so sorry about picking the wrong
religion instead of taking Jesus as their personal savior, whether there is any
substance to it or not, is a testimony which does not indicate special miracles
or wonders; it simply implies that Mike and his followers consider Buddhism a
wrong religion and their's the true one. However, I believe I that there have
been some Christians converted into other religions as well. Can I draw a
conclusion then that Christianity is not a true religion?
to Cambodia is a big blow to the efforts of other Christian denominations to
spread the message of Christ and his love to the world.
Please do not
take advantage of Cambodia and her people any more. Cambodians have endured so
much suffering and do not need such scams.
- Neak Sra Lanh Cheat, Alberta, Canada