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Dhimal in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Dhimal Hinduism 1.30 % Unknown No No   

Dhimal in Nepal

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The Dhimal live both in Nepal and West Bengal, India. In Nepal, they live in 24 villages of Mechi zone in Jhapa District and 51 villages in Koshi zone, Morang District. Dhimal women are good at weaving and have unique dress among the ethnic peoples of Nepal. Education is almost completely absent among them. A landless people, the traditional occupation of the Dhimal was hunting and gathering. Nowadays, agriculture is their main occupation. They worship nature and household gods, and worship Chaitanya Nityananda as their family deity. They also worship other deities like Buda Thakur, Sadi Buri, and Kali.

Ministry Obstacles
Worldviews are not easily changed. The worldview of Hinduism is very different than the biblical worldview.

Outreach Ideas
The Lord is growing his Church in Nepal. Perhaps one or more Nepali Christians will be led by God's Spirit to take the life-giving message of Christ to the Dhimal community.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few hundred Dhimal believers in Nepal. Please pray these people will be accurately taught the ways of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the entire Dhimal community will be given a growing desire to find forgiveness for their sin; then may they learn of Christ's sacrifice for that purpose. Pray this message comes to them in ways they understand.

Scripture Focus
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-08-24
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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:31,000
Largest Provinces:
Kosi (18,000)Mechi (10,000)
Sagarmatha (1,200)Bagmati (1,100)
Narayani (200)Seti (100)
Janakpur (40)Gandaki (30)
Bheri (20)Lumbini (20)
Location in Country:Eastern Terai, around Jhapa
(Source: Joshua Project)
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People Name in Country: Dhimal
People Name General: Dhimal
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102575
Joshua Project People ID: 11544
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 37,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Dhimal
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dhimal (19,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dhi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (5,200)Maithili (2,100)
Bantawa (80)Bhojpuri (50)
Awadhi (20)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.07 % 
Christianity1.30 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.21 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.23 % 
Unknown0.19 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2000
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Dhimal in Nepal

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Dhimal Nepal    
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            Dhimal in Nepal          
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      Hinduism     Dhimal  
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