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Jad in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,600 Khamba Buddhism 0.59 % Unknown No No   

Jad in India

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Introduction / History
The community is subdivided into clans such as Dolma and Sjerromg or Sherring, which derive their origin from a common ancestor. This scheduled tribe is sometimes grouped with the Khampa. The traditional occupation has been sheep production, but now they are also engaged in other vocations. They live in Himachal Pradesh, a northern state with a very small Christian community.

What are their lives like?
The mode of disposal of the dead is decided by the lama; it ranges from cremation to throwing the corpse on the hillsides after cutting it into pieces.

What are their beliefs?
They follow Buddhism and worship deities in the form of boulders, caves, trees and bushes.

What are their needs?
In spite of being a small people group, they nevertheless speak a large number of languages. This complicates communicating the gospel to them. There are good resources available in most of the languages spoken by the Jad, including gospel recordings and the Story of Jesus audio. These will be helpful if workers take them to the people.

Prayer Points
A few people from the Jad community have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray the Lord will nurture their faith and give them understanding in how to turn quickly from sin and to trust the Lord for an abundant life.

Please pray for deliverance for these people who are at the mercy of wicked spiritual forces unless they turn to Christ.

Pray for easy access to Christian materials such as the JESUS Film.

Pray for workers.

Pray for spiritual discernment and a willingness to accept Jesus for who he said he is.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,600
Largest States:
Himachal Pradesh (2,300)Uttarakhand (300)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jad
People Name General: Jad
Alternate People Names:
Shah Khampaजड़
ROP3 Code: 112281
Joshua Project People ID: 16973
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,600
Population all Countries: 2,600
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Jad
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Khamba (800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kbg    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tinani (400)Hindi (300)
Jad (200)Sikkimese (200)
Pahari, Mahasu (100)Kinnauri (50)
Nepali (50)Kangri (30)
Bilaspuri (20)Bhattiyali (20)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 14
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism74.31 % 
Christianity0.59 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism24.15 % 
Islam0.59 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.32 % 
Unknown0.05 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Jad in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Jad India    
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