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Loba in Bhutan

Loba

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,300 Lhowa Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Loba in Bhutan

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Summary
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.

Ministry Obstacles
Buddhism teaches a very different worldview than that of the Bible. Much readjustment in ones' thinking is necessary to begin to understand and believe.

Outreach Ideas
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.

Pray for the followers of Christ
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 for the entire people group
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.

Scripture Focus
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14

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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:33 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,300
Largest Provinces:
Western (2,300)
Total Provinces on file:1
   
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People Name in Country: Loba
People Name General: Loba
Alternate People Names:
LhopaLhopas
LoLo Manthang
Lo MontangLo Monthang
LopaLowa
LoyuLoyu Lo Montang
ManthangMustang
Mustang BhoteMustang Tibetans
MustangeSat Thapaule Bhote
ROP3 Code: 105808
Joshua Project People ID: 13080
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 2,300
Population all Countries: 4,900
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibetan
People Name General: Loba
Ethnic Code: MSY50r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Lhowa
Language Code (ISO): loy    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Loke
 
 
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Loba in Bhutan

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