Sokreaksa (Reaksa) Himm
He was a member of a large family in Siem Reap City, Cambodia when the country fell to the Khmer Rouge on April 17, 1975. Forced to join the exodus to the jungle villages, the whole family was marched to a grave and killed one by one. Young Reaksa, gravely wounded, was covered by the bodies of his brothers and sisters. In time, he escaped the killing fields and fled to a Thai refugee camp.
He eventually made his way to Canada and attended Tyndale University, graduating with a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree in 1993. Continuing his studies, he earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education (Providence Theological Seminary, 1996) and a Doctor of Psychology (Southern California University, 2004). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Providence Theological Seminary in 2007. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Tyndale University in 2010.
He is the author of The Tears of my Soul, which describes his journey to freedom, faith, and purpose, and After the Heavy Rain, which tells of his journey of forgiveness and reconciliation to the people who killed his family.
In his book, “Shepherd of My Soul” he describes his journey from the deep dark valley of his life to recovery. As an ex-PTSD sufferer life after a major loss is a matter of learning how to cope with emotional and psychological crises and traumas. The more he learns about his own emotional and psychological crises the more he becomes aware of his need to depend on the sufficient grace of the Good Shepherd, healing his PTSD.
Reaksa, his wife Sophaly Eng have two children—Philos and Sophia—and together spent twenty years serving as missionaries in Cambodia. They have returned to Toronto in 2019. Reaksa is an international speaker. He has been travelling to many countries to share his experience of pain and forgiveness.