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.
Buddhism teaches a very different worldview than that of the Bible. Much readjustment in ones' thinking is necessary to begin to understand and believe.
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.
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 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||2,300|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||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|
|Persecution Rank||33 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Language Code||loy Ethnologue Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Lhowa|