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.
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.
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 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 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|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|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)|
|Persecution Rank||33 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Language Code||sip Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Sikkimese|