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Nepalese, Gurkha in Brunei

Nepalese, Gurkha

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,600 Nepali Hinduism 1.00 % 0.80 %   

Nepalese, Gurkha in Brunei

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Introduction / History
They are the Nepalese men and their families serving with Brunei and British armies stationed in Brunei. The Gurkha are also known as the Gurung. The name Gurkha denotes their status, unsurpassed by any other military elite, as the bravest of the brave.

Originally, the Gurkha were descendants of the Gorkhali community but now they comprise various tribesmen living in the hills of Nepal. Believed to be descendants of the Mongols and Tibetans, they are known for their legendary skills at attacking the enemy with their fierce khukuri blades.

They are deployed in the oil-rich Seria district and the capital city of Brunei. They speak a language classified under the East Gurung cluster. They also speak Nepali, which is Nepal's official language.

What are their lives like?
In Nepal, the Gurkha lived in small villages in hilly terrain and were accustomed to traveling long distances on foot. These villages consist of loosely grouped homes surrounded by farmland. Most of them were farmers - planting vegetables, rice, maize, millet, and wheat. They also raised goats for meat and cows for milk.

In Brunei, a foreign country, the close-knit community lives in barracks and quarters. Two-thirds of the short and stocky hills-men are deployed in the capital city. These older men, formerly active Gurkha soldiers of the British army, are employed as security guards to protect the houses of the royal family and also government and public property. The other one-third of younger men serve as active Gurkha soldiers of the British army stationed in the oil-rich Seria district at the request of the Sultan of Brunei.

What are their beliefs?
Most Nepalese are Hindus. They live in the world's only Hindu kingdom and they worship their king as an incarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu ("protector and preserver of the worlds"). The majority of Gurkha families in Brunei are Hindus. Some of them claim to be Buddhists, while others are animists and a small remainder is Christian.

Their system of beliefs is a complex blending of two major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. Adherents of both religious faiths worship each other's gods and cherish mutual respect for one another, a tradition with a long history. In Brunei, they worship together in the same temple.

They also hold on to their traditional animistic beliefs that non-human objects have spirits. They recognize local gods, goblins, and spirits. They also believe that ghosts and demons haunt the crossroads and rivers. They make offerings to these spirits in order to appease them.

What are their needs?
Presently, the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei provides for the Gurkha community's daily physical needs. But when their work contract ends, they have to readjust into their society back in Nepal. Pray that God will give wisdom to believers who are willing to help prepare the Gurkha for the transition back to living in Nepal. Pray for those who are believers to reaching out to the Gurkha in all their areas of need.

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Country: Brunei
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:36 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Nepalese, Gurkha
People Name General: Nepalese
Alternate People Names:
Eastern PahariGurkha
GurkhaliGurung
Nepalese, EasternPaharia
नेपलीज़
ROP3 Code: 107204
Joshua Project People ID: 13317
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,600
Population all Countries: 777,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Nepalese
Ethnic Code: CNN25k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Nepali (1,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism19.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions9.70 % 
Hinduism70.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.30 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent78.00 %
Protestant2.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
 
(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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: 1850-1961
New Testament:
1821-2010Audio
Complete Bible: 1914-2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoNew Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoUntil We Met
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Nepalese, Gurkha in Brunei

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