Loba in Bhutan


Population
2,200
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Loba live largely in the Mustang district of Bhutan, which extends north into what would otherwise be China. Until 1952 this small group had their own Buddhist kingdom, which was established around 1380 AD. Some Loba practice polyandry, where one woman has more than one husband, with the men probably being brothers. Almost all Loba are zealous believers in Tibetan Buddhism. There are many temples and monasteries throughout their territory. Some years ago several Loba were relocated outside their territory because of great floods, and this has brought some into contact with Christianity for the first time.


Ministry Obstacles

Buddhism teaches a very different worldview than that of the Bible. Much readjustment in ones' thinking is necessary to begin to understand and believe.


Outreach Ideas

We can pray the few Christians among the Loba will soon become strong enough to take the Gospel to their entire people group. They are not a large people group.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There have been a few Christians reported among the Loba. Pray they will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit and that they will grow in numbers and maturity.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the strongly Buddhist Loba will be given a knowledge of their sin and need for a savior. As they hunger to know forgiveness pray the Lord will send knowledge of his Son's death and provision for forgiveness to them.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Loba
People Name in Country Loba
Population in Bhutan 2,200
World Population 4,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Lhopa, Lhopas, Lo, Lo Manthang, Lo Montang, Lo Monthang, Lopa, Lowa, Loyu, Loyu Lo Montang, Manthang, Mustang, Mustang Bhote, Mustang Tibetans, Mustange, Sat Thapaule Bhote, लोबा
People ID 13080
ROP3 Code 105808
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Western 2,200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Lhowa
Language Code loy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Nepali
Other People Groups Speaking Lhowa
Primary Language Lhowa
Language Code loy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Nepali
People Groups Speaking Lhowa

Primary Language:  Lhowa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Loke
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Peoples of the Buddhist World, Paul Hattaway  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.




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