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Bhotia Sikkim in Bhutan

Bhotia Sikkim

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,100 Sikkimese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

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.

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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:45 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:6,100
Largest Provinces:
Western (6,100)
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People Name in Country: Bhotia Sikkim
People Name General: Bhotia Sikkim
Alternate People Names:
Bhotia of SikkimBhutia
LhoriSikkim Bhotia
भोटिया (बुद्धिस्ट ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111611
Joshua Project People ID: 16450
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 6,100
Population all Countries: 89,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Bhotia Sikkim
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Sikkimese
Language Code (ISO): sip    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Lepcha (Unknown)Nepali (Unknown)
Sherpa (Unknown)Tibetan, Central (Unknown)
Total Languages: 5
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
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Bhotia Sikkim in Bhutan

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    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Bhotia Sikkim Bhutan    
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