Bhotia Sikkim in Bhutan

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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.

Scripture Prayers for the Bhotia Sikkim in Bhutan.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhotia Sikkim
People Name in Country Bhotia Sikkim
World Population 89,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Western 6,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sikkimese
Language Code sip   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Tibetan, Central
People Groups Speaking Sikkimese

Primary Language:  Sikkimese

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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.