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Lunape in Bhutan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,200 Lunanakha Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Lunape in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
There are less than 1,000 Lunape people in Bhutan. They are regarded as unreached and unengaged by Finishing the Task (FTT). They speak Lunanakha.

Where are they located?
The Lunape people only live in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
Living in the high mountains of Bhutan makes for difficult living. It's hard to grow any crop in a place where there is way too much wind, way too little sun, and it always feels like winter. Somehow the Lunape people survive in this harsh climate.

What are their beliefs?
This people group is Tibetan Buddhist, like most other peoples in Bhutan. Tibetan Buddhism includes many beliefs from the shamanistic bon religion, which pre-dates Buddhism in the Himalayan Mountain region.

What are their needs?
The Lunape people need to find ways to earn a better living. An agricultural economy does not work very well in such a harsh environment.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Christian materials for the Lunape people. They do not have the JESUS Film, a Bible, gospel recordings, or a radio broadcast.
* Pray that these Tibetan Buddhists will crave true spiritual nourishment, and not settle for what their ancestors had.
* Pray for believers to take the gospel to them and disciple them in the ways of Jesus Christ.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-08-15
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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:1,200
Largest Provinces:
Central (1,200)Western (10)
Location in Country:Punakha District, north, northeast quadrant, Lunana, on Pho Chhu River north from Punakha, right fork halfway up the valley
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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People Name in Country: Lunape
People Name General: Lunape
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115329
Joshua Project People ID: 19658
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,200
Population all Countries: 1,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Lunape
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lunanakha (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): luk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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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Lunape in Bhutan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Buddhist     Asia, South    
      Lunape Bhutan    
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            Lunape in Bhutan          
      Religion Language  
      Buddhism     Lunanakha  
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