Bhotia, Dzongkha in Bhutan

Population

182,000

Christian

0.16%

Evangelical

0.15%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Bhutan was closed off to the rest of the world for centuries. The Bhotia believe they have been Buddhists since the Tibetan sage Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in 746 AD. Only in recent years has the Gospel of Christ started to gain a foothold. Young men are required to make an oath of allegiance to Buddha at age 15.

Ministry Obstacles

Bhutan is not as closed to the outside world as it once was, but access is still limited. But the larger obstacle is the mindset of the prevailing religion.


Outreach Ideas

Sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the people of Bhutan to understand the message of Christ, and to believe.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Bhotia community, that their faith in Christ will be strengthened by regular fellowship together. Pray for an accurate understanding of the grace offered by Christ, and that they will desire to be obedient to Christ's teachings.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bhotia to escape the bondage of their current religion. Pray for hunger to find a solution to their sin problem.

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Country Bhutan
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Ha, Paru, Punakha districts
People Group Map Bhotia, Dzongkha in Bhutan PDF Version



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People Name General Dzongkha
People Name in Country Bhotia, Dzongkha
ROP3 Code 111992
Joshua Project People ID 16745
Indigenous Yes
Population in Bhutan 182,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bhotia, Bhutanese, Drukpa, Drukpu, Druku, Dukpa, Jonkha, Krukke, Lachengpa, Lachungpa, Ngalong, Ngarung, Rezongkha, Sikami, Thompa, Zongkhar,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dzongkha 182,194
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Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Bhutanese
People Name General Dzongkha
Ethnic Code MSY50a
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Largest Religion Buddhism
Buddhism
69.84%
Christianity
0.16%    ( Evangelical  0.15% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
30.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
75.00%
Protestant
25.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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