Bhotia Sikkim in Bhutan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhotia Sikkim
People Name in Country Bhotia Sikkim
Population in Bhutan 6,500
World Population 89,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhotia of Sikkim, Bhutia, Danyouka, Lhopa, Lhori, Sikkim Bhotia, भोटिया (बुद्धिस्ट ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16450
ROP3 Code 111611
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 6,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sikkimese
Language Code sip   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Tibetan, Central Lepcha Nepali
Sherpa
Other People Groups Speaking Sikkimese
Primary Language Sikkimese
Language Code sip   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Tibetan, Central
  Lepcha
  Nepali
  Sherpa
People Groups Speaking Sikkimese

Primary Language:  Sikkimese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Jared Kachurak 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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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